Gay veteran Israeli singer Yehuda Poliker announced a U.S. tour in five cities, beginning October 29, ten days after his Israeli tour ends.
Yehuda Poliker was first known as the leader of the band “Benzin” in the early 1980s, and since the band’s split in 1984, Poliker released 14 solo studio albums, the last of which was in 2014, titled “Mozeon Hachalomot” (‘Dreams Museum’). “From a Greek ‘Hafla’ to a Rock Party, Poliker is one of the few who is blessed with an audience that will run to see him in any version. In this new tour he is sharp, warm and more exciting than ever before,” wrote Yediot Acharont about his live shows.
The acclaimed singer, in speaking to the media, came out publicly in 2010 in a documentary on the Israeli Channel 10 prior to the release of his album “Ahava Al Tnai” (‘Conditional Love’) that dealt with relationships and his love for a man, and also dealt with the loss of his mother. In the documentary he told about coming out to his family at 27 and brought quotes from his songs that suggested his sexual orientation, such as “there’s no shame in loving a man or a woman.”
Three months after the documentary, Poliker gave a big interview to the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronot, and said that he’d had two big loves in his life, both of them men. He also said that the reason for his late coming out was due to the “stupid education my parents gave me.”
In an interview in 2012 Poliker said that he feels much more free than before, and expressed his support for legalizing same sex marriage. “If someone has true love and wants to institutionalize it, he should be able to do so, and it doesn’t matter if he loves a boy or a girl,” he said.