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Thursday, September 1, 2011

HELLO 80s: Julio Iglesias returning to Israel

One of top 10 best selling music artists in history to perform in Tel Aviv on December 12. ‘I love the people in Israel,’ he says

Just several months after Spanish pop singer Enrique Iglesias rocked Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena, his famous father is on his way toIsrael too. Julio Iglesias, one of top 10 best selling music artists in history, is scheduled to perform at the very same venue on December 12.

Iglesias will visit Israel as part of his world concert tour, “The Greatest Love Songs of All Times,” accompanied by 12 musicians. He will arrive on his private plane with 30 crewmembers.

Born in Madrid, 68-year-old Iglesias is considered one of the greatest and most successful Spanish singers of all times.

He began his career in the 1960s and rose to fame in the 1970s thanks to a series of kitschy ballads which became huge hits and turned him into an international star with lots of albums, fans and of course money. Throughout the years, he recorded songs in English as well, but always made sure to return to his Spanish origins.

Iglesias has eight children: Three of them – including Enrique – from his first wife Isabel, who he married in the 1970s; and five from ex-model Miranda Rijnsburger, his partner since 1990.

He visited Israel several times, the last one about two years ago, when he told his audience that his mother was Jewish and that he understood the State of Israel’s difficulties.

“I love Israel,” Iglesias says. “I love the warmth and love of the people here. I’m returning to Israel and to my fans in particular with all of my greatest love songs.”

The Spanish romantic will spend three days in the Holy Land, during which he plans to tour Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee.

Tickets are already on sale at the Castel ticket office, with prices ranging from NIS 350 to NIS 990 (about $100-280). The show’s producers, together with Iglesias’ staff, have decided to donate several tickets to the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel.

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Julio Iglesias Live Israel