Last time the Eagles of Death Metal were here in Israel, they let Roger Waters know just what they thought of him in an expletive-ridden rant.
And at last night’s Tel Aviv concert, there were more expletives – but mainly to let us know just how much they heart Israel.
“L’chaim!” Front man Jesse Hughes cried in salute to the crowd, as the members of Eagles of Death Metal passed around a bottle of Tubi 60, Israel’s one and only murky lemony liqueur. “It’s like drinking gasoline, but gasoline that tastes incredibly good. I’m so happy to see you mother f**kers you have no idea!”
“I f**king love you mother f***kers.” Hughes lavished on the crowd between tunes. “You have no idea how happy we are to be back here.”
“I wanna tell ya’ll something because I think it’s important. I feel really happy. I feel really safe. I feel like I’m home and I want you to know how much we appreciate that.”
“The first time we came here, we didn’t know nobody but we felt welcome and I already knew that this was the greatest place in the world. Sometimes, I get in trouble with assholes for how much I love this place but I don’t give a f**king rat’s ass. Because, you see, my mama told me, never give a rat’s ass what an asshole thinks, ladies and gentlemen. My point is, we came, and we made friends that are like family to us… we f**king love you mother f**kers, do you have any idea? We get to come here and hang with ya’ll, and swim in ya’ll’s beaches, and eat ya’lls food! WE DIG IT, DO YOU DIG IT?”
“I love this country,” said Hughes. “I love everything about it. I believe in you and I am proud to be in this f**king country.”