Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. wrapped up their current international tour with Thursday’s performance at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds. Ronson, who told the audience of 5,000 that it was the biggest of the tour, turned in an enthusiastic performance and even tried out his Hebrew from the stage.
On Thursday morning, Ronson spoke about peace and about music with a group of young Israeli Jews and Arabs at the Peres Center for Peace, in Jaffa.
For his third concert in Israel Ronson and his band – Rose Elinor Dougall, Charlie Waller, Amanda Warner, Alex Greenwald, Kyle Falconer and Kurt Hunte – played songs from his most recent album, “Record Collection,” as well as the songs that brought him fame and cover versions of old hits. The main guest was Boy George, resplendent in his blue hat, who provided a romantic, nostalgic pause from the tight, rhythmic main event.
The peak moment of the evening came when Ronson, who had been musical producer for Amy Winehouse, told the crowd that she was to have flown to Israel to sing with him at the concert. Anyone watching the giant monitors could clearly see a tear or two on Ronson’s face as he spoke. He asked the crowd to applaud in honor of Winehouse, and then noted that her brother, Alex, was in the audience. “He looks just like Amy, only with short hair,” Ronson said. He and the band later played new versions of several of Winehouse’s songs, in her memory
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