PAT BOONE sets groundbreaking concert celebrating Israel's 70th Anniversary along with Holyland tour May 9 -18:
David Broza, Jersualem Symphony Orchestra, Cece Winans on board for May 13 TV special
(March, 2018, Los Angeles, CA) Legendary singer and former teen idol Pat Boone, known as one of the consistently relevant performers, durable popularity and widespread reach as a composer, actor, writer, television personality, motivational speaker and spokesman, is about to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey, the Pat Boone Israel Tour 2018.
Renowned for six decades in show business (including 38 Top 40 hits), Pat's 51-plus years covers a myriad of genres from pop to country to rock n’ roll and gospel. While always trying to hit new heights, Boone, who has hosted several television variety shows augmenting his performing career, is leading a tour through Israel accompanied by over 250 people May 9-18 during the monumental anniversary of its statehood. “It’s a sizable endeavor coinciding with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s modern statehood May 14,” said Boone, who is a friend of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "I am joining forces with Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein to lead 200-300 special travelers to the most significant places in Israel and memories which will last a lifetime...and longer.
“He [Netanyahu] calls me 'Speedy,'” said Boone, referring to his 1962 hit, “Speedy Gonzalez,” that debuted when Netanyahu was studying in the U.S. Boone wrote the lyrics to “Exodus,” referred to as Israel’s second national anthem. “I wrote them on the back of a Christmas card,” he said, adding it is displayed in a museum. For details, go to: http://patbooneisraeltour.com/ or http://bit.ly/2nPr6fh
Integral to the Tour is the all star tv special which will tape live in Caesarea, Israel on May 13th at its 4000-seat outdoor ampitheater. This special show will feature top names in music led by the iconic singer along with David Broza, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, America’s leading lady of Gospel music, Ce Ce Winans and Israel's own Shiri Maimon, the critically lauded star of Eurovision 2005 and a top R&B singer, who will be staring in the American production of CHICAGO this fall, Additional names are being added later this month in anticipation of an early summer broadcast.
In addition to the musical component of the evening, the audience will be treated to a presentation of the seven decades of Israel's history by iconic presenters with a special focus on Israel's numerous contributions to the world. The tribute will also include rare archival footage that will allow the audience to experience these modern day achievements and miracles. Legendary director Jeff Margolis, who produced Israel's 50th Anniversary Gala Television show and is credited with dozens of Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globe award shows, will direct the live TV event. Jon Macks, a leading Hollywood writer with unparalleled credits and broadcasts (Jay Leno, the Academy Awards) will be lending his writing talent to the event.
“It’s a look back both visually and audibly over my many years in the business and more
importantly, the historic legacy of the only land that holds so much importance for the majority of us on earth,” he says. "I've been to the Holyland over a dozen times and the timing couldn't be better in a world where peace, brotherly love, respect and reaching out couldn't be more important," says Pat Boone. "We are all excited."
A little background on Pat Boone:
Before the Beatles, there was the 1950s and wholesome All-American Boone with his perfectly coiffed hair, white suede buckskin shoes, fetching smile and a smooth voice that made millions of teenage girls, and likely their mothers, swoon.
Boone was catapulted into fame and the record books in 1955 with his version of Fats Domino’s “Ain’t that A Shame,” which hit No.1 on the pop charts, followed by a horde of other hit versions of R&B songs originally recorded by African American singers, including Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally” and “Tutti Frutti.”
“Fats Domino once told me he made more money off me singing his songs than he did singing them himself,” said Boone, whose success in covering the R&B songs soon swayed major recording labels into working with black singers.
A magna cum laude graduate of Columbia University, the singer went on to sell 45 million records and parlayed his recording success into a movie career, appearing in 15 movies. Today, his record of 220 consecutive weeks on the Billboard charts with one or more songs is still unbeaten. ““I’ve done more genres of music than anyone else and I’ve been on the charts in all of them, too,” said the grandfather of 19 and great-grandfather of nine, whose 1997 Heavy Metal album, “In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy,” made waves among his conservative supporters. For more, go to: www.PatBoone.com