Jul 24, 2013
Fried Plugs Nephew at Mega Show
Photos: Israel Bardugo

Music superstar Avraham Fried plugged his nephew Benny Friedman at a mega concert in Israel. It wasn't the only noteworthy tidbit.

By COLlive reporter
Photos: Israel Bardugo

An impressive 6,000 people cheered Jewish music superstar Avraham Fried as he opened his summer tour in a mega concert that included memorable moments.

Produced by Bama Productions, it was held at the Sultan's Pool, a ancient water basin by the west side of Mount Zion in Jerusalem. Dried-out during the summer, it is a known venue for concerts and festivals.

Fried, who is marking 30 years as a headliner in the music industry, sang many of his timeless classics as well as some of his newer compositions, accompanied by advanced lighting and multimedia effects.

He even borrowed a song for his musical repertoire, directed by Yuval Stupel.

Introducing the song, Fried said: "I am proud to tell you that this is a smash hit around the world and the singer who succeeded in bringing this song to the world is my nephew. His name is Benny Friedman."

Fried added that "the song was so successful, that there is even a tie" with the title of the song "Yesh Tikva" imprinted on it, which Fried was wearing as part of his changing outfits during the evening.

"You know the song?" he asked, and some people in the crowd responded by singing "Yesh Tikva" on their own.

Joining Fried on stage for a few songs was famous Israeli singer-songwriter Amir Benayoun who offered a Mediterranean influenced version of one of Fried's most well-known songs, Aderaba, composed by Yossi Green.

Benayoun, who has been incorporating teachings from the Rebbe in his songs since becoming a baal teshuva in recent years, sang some Chabad niggunim with Fried while a photo of the Rebbe was projected on the screens.

The concert showed Fried's continuing popularity with international audiences, despite a crowded industry and many other distractions available nowadays.


The Aderaba duet

Full recap of the mega concert

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Two of the most humble superstars alive
(7/25/2013 8:39:08 AM)
(7/25/2013 9:20:30 AM)
(7/25/2013 1:03:34 PM)
He sounds like he is really shepping nachas from BENNY!
I'd love to see more FRIED and FRIEDMAN shows. I love how their voices blend.
(7/25/2013 3:36:52 PM)
The high point of the evening came a the end
I attended the concert, and have be I many of Fried's concerts, however he did something here that was simply beyond words to describe.
After singing fo over two hours, he said to the crowd "do you think we can end this concert without even one chabad niggun?
He then started a very joyous and moving chabad melody, and had the entire stadium on their feet singing along, and then a video of the rebbe at a farbrengen clapping his hands and then standing up and clapping even stronger and almost dancing in his place was shown on the gigantic screen.
Imagine this, 7000 people dancing and singing a most joyous chabad melody and Avraham Fried is rocking the house and images of the rebbe were shown on the screen, and remember that most of the crowd were not from the chabad community and were dancing along with the rebbe.
He had a lot of pride as the Rebbe's chossid to do this. The event was an amazing kiddush Lubavitche and kavod to the rebbe.
Avraham Fried is a real chossid of the rebbe!
(7/25/2013 6:04:41 PM)
Me too
I was also there. The concert and all the special effects were amazing. And yes, the highlight was the Rebbe in the video clapping and making Lebedik with his hands/as etc while 6000 people stood and danced and clapped. If anyone has a video clip, please post. It lasted several minutes. Kudos to Avremel.Major Kiddush Lubavitch.
(7/25/2013 7:32:07 PM)
so many ties here
(7/25/2013 10:21:59 PM)
avraham frid
veri beatiful
(7/25/2013 10:30:05 PM)
What a super star!
Gotta love Avremel. A true legend and sweetheart.
(7/25/2013 11:24:35 PM)
fantastic pictures, looks amazing! thank you for making a kidush lubavitch
(7/28/2013 2:12:54 PM)
It was
A huge kiddush libavitch!!
The feeling was so intense during the chabad niggun!
(7/30/2013 10:24:39 AM)
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