Photo: Julio Iglesias
Spanish singer Julio Iglesias will perform on Monday in Israel, a country with which he says he has a strong professional and emotional relationship and where he has thousands of fans.
Iglesias, who will be giving one show at the Nokia Sports Palace, which has a capacity of about 10,000 and where for days “Sold out” signs have been posted, arrived in Israel on Saturday on his private jet shortly before the soccer match between Spain’s top two clubs, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.
The first thing Iglesias, a former goalkeeper in the Real Madrid organization, did was to hole up in his hotel room to watch the match on TV and he did not emerge until the next day, local media reported.
“The first signs of life he gave us were to ask us to send hummus to his room,” it was reported on the Walla news Web site.
After the concert Monday night, Iglesias will make a night tour of Jerusalem and on Tuesday he will travel to Madrid.
The Spanish singer, who will perform a dozen of his best-known songs from his repertoire, most recently gave a concert in Israel in 2009, when he declared himself to be “a Jew from waist upward” and “international from the waist downward.”
Iglesias is a musical icon among women in Israel, where he has regularly performed for the past three decades.