Marek Lieberberg
Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode: Show must go on

Rumor has it that band’s concert in Israel is about to be canceled. But show's producer, a proud Jew, insists: We're coming to Israel

When cannons roam, singers sing: "Now, there is no question that Depeche Mode will perform in Israel," famous producer Marek Lieberberg promised. "There is no talk or thought of canceling the show."


Lieberberg is well aware of the rumors regarding the possible cancellation of the show due to the escalation in the north. From his current home in Germany, the producer is showing great interest in the Israeli crisis.


"We want the situation to improve," Lieberberg says. "And we will review the situation later, but as of now, there is no doubt that we're coming to Israel. We don't see Tel Aviv as dangerous, and we don't feel there is threat."


Coming to Israel. Depeche Mode


At the age of 60, Lieberberg is considered one of the world's most famous and prestigious producers. During the past 40 years he worked with the biggest names in the music industry, including The Who, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Guns n' Roses, Bruce Springsteen, Simply Red, Carlos Santana, Billy Idol and many more.


Lieberberg has visited Israel before. When he was young he volunteered for long period in a kibbutz, and his sister lives here with her family. He also managed to produce two mega-shows in Israel: Metallica and Guns n' Roses.


The previous shows took place in Hayarkon Park at Tel Aviv, the same venue reserved for Depeche Mode concert. But this time the producers might have to deal with a horrible war.


"We don’t think about it," Lieberberg explains. "It can happen in London, or in every other city in the world. At this point, we're not talking about canceling the show, we're not even thinking about canceling. The band members are committed to their fans in Israel, they are excited about the show."


Lieberberg added that both he and the band's manager, Jonathan Kessler, are Jews that feel strongly connected to Israel.


"We've decided to come to Israel and we're committed to our decision," Lieberberg added. "You know, we're not going to perform in a hummus field or spend time in the West Bank, not that I'm referring to something specific," he laughs, “I apology to the hummus fields."


פרסום ראשון: 07.19.06, 16:27
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