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IN HONOR OF PASSOVER: JEWS WHO ROCK INCLUDE PERRY FARRELL, GEDDY LEE, BEASTIE BOYS
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4/6/2012

Passover, one of the holiest of Jewish holidays, begins on Saturday (April 7th) and Spinner.com has commemorated the occasion with a list of some of our most famous Jewish musicians. Among them is Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth, who told us a while back what being Jewish means to him: "I value my culture, and my traditions, and the food, and what amounts to a whole, y'know, society gig way more than most people value their other religions. Somebody's gonna raise their hand and go, 'What about spaghetti? That's Catholic!' Well, (laughs) no, that's Italian (laughs). A lot of Italians are Catholic, but (laughs) it's not the same as chicken soup, though. (Laughs) To the best I can discern, there is no such thing as Buddhist chicken soup (laughs)."

Also on Spinner's list is Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell, who was born Peretz Bernstein and still studies the Torah;

Rush bassist/singer Geddy Lee, whose parents were Polish Holocaust survivors who got married a few months after being liberated from a concentration camp;

All three Beastie Boys, who rapped about their religion for the first time on 2004's To The 5 Boroughs;

Lenny Kravitz, who admits he had trouble getting a yarmulke to stay on his afro when he was a kid;

And the late Joey Ramone, a.k.a. Jeffrey Hyman, who was so incensed that then-President Ronald Reagan visited a German cemetery where SS soldiers were buried that he wrote a song about it called "Bonzo Goes To Bitburg."

Other famous Jews who rock include Bob Dylan, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss, Lou Reed, Billy Joel, Drake and Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies.


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