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2002-Oct-28: Sir Paul Respectfully Postpones His Australian Concert

(Updated November 1)  Out of respect for the families and friends of those who were killed or injured in the October 12 Bali bombing, Sir Paul has postponed his November 23 concert in Melbourne, Australia.  In a statement issued from the United States, Sir Paul said:
"Like many who have a deep fondness for Australia, I have been shocked and saddened by the recent terrible events in Bali.  My heart goes out to all who have been affected by this tragedy.  As a mark of respect to both the families who have lost loved ones and to the families of the injured, I have decided to postpone my planned concert in Melbourne as this is not the appropriate time for a rock show.  In time, that [Melbourne] show will hopefully come to be. But for now, my sympathies and those of all of us on this tour are with you all in your grief."
Sir Paul spoke to his relatives in Australia before making the decision to cancel his Melbourne concert.  He asked them about the mood of the people of Australia in light of the Bali terrorist attack and was told that since many bodies remained unidentified, there was still a tremendous feeling of mourning throughout the country.  After learning this, Sir Paul felt it would be inappropriate to perform what could be viewed as a celebratory concert. According to a spokesman for one of the concert's promoters:
 "[McCartney] talked to members of his family in Australia and didn't feel it was right to play a rock show when the country was still coming to grips with the Bali aftermath. He wants to play here, but feels it's too soon."
Sir Paul's spokesman Geoff Baker added:
"The only reason, the entire reason why the concert was postponed is that Paul thought it would be inappropriate, highly insensitive, to stage what is a very joyous, happy rock show at a time when there as so much grief in Australia."
As for those who think that Sir Paul postponed the concert for fear of another terrorist attack, Mr. Baker says:
"That is the biggest load of bollocks of all. If that were the case, do you think he would be playing to crowds of 60,000 in the States?"
Mr. Baker understands that Sir Paul's decision has disappointed some his Australian fans:
"But Paul would much rather be in this situation than to be seen as in any way being insensitive towards people who are suffering so much grief."
Mr. Baker reminded the fans that the concert had not been cancelled, just postponed.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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