Sour note: Rolling Stones perform in Israel, to the chagrin of Pink Floyd


British rock group The Rolling Stones perform on stage at Hayarkon Park in the Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv on June 4, 2014. The Rolling Stones staged a live concert in Tel Aviv as a part of their '14-On-Fire' world tour.

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To the delight and satisfaction of a packed house in Tel Aviv, Mick Jagger shimmied across the stage Wednesday night, but the historic concert might never have happened had fellow British rockers, Pink Floyd, convinced the Rolling Stones to join them in a boycott and build a cultural wall around Israel.

Pink Floyd lead singer Roger Waters is a vocal opponent of what he believes is Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine, reports CBS News' Anthony Mason.

"We found that the State of Israel is guilty of a number of international crimes," Water said, addressing a United Nations committee in 2012.

Last month, he and bandmate Nick Mason told the Rolling Stones that they should boycott Israel, just as they boycotted South Africa during apartheid.

They wrote: "Crossing the picket line provides propaganda that the Israeli government will use in its attempts to whitewash the policies of its unjust and racist regime."

Other artists who have defied the boycott and performed in Israel include Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys and Rihanna, who even found time to frolic on the Dead Sea during her visit.

That doesn't mean Pink Floyd's campaign is a failure, said music journalist Alan Light.

"You're trying to largely use this as a way to draw attention to the cause," he said. "And we're here and we're talking about it, so to that extent, what Pink Floyd has done still counts as a success."

The Rolling Stones concert was a one-night only event, but Israel has become an increasingly popular tour stop. Backstreet Boys, Neil Young and Megadeth are all headed there this summer.