Sydney's Sunday Telegraph reports that Sir Paul is shocked at the widespread criticism he has received for postponing his Melbourne concert at Telstra Dome (see October 28). Sir Paul's spokesman, Geoff Baker, emphasized again today that Sir Paul's decision was overwhelmingly motivated by his concern that it would have been in poor taste to perform a "feel-good" rock concert in Australian so soon after the terrorist attack in Bali:"To play Can't Buy Me Love, Live and Let Die, Jet ... we couldn't do it. It would have been the most insensitive thing we could ever have done. People have pointed out that Paul did the New York tribute concert after September 11, but that was a set list deliberately put together to be suitable for the occasion. The show we were bringing to Australia is made up of 36 songs that are predominantly upbeat, joyous celebrations of rock 'n' roll and having a fun party -- and we felt it was inappropriate to do that show at this time.Mr. Baker added that Sir Paul was sorry that his exclusive Melbourne concert deal would have prevented him from performing in Sydney as well:
"Whether parents or relatives of kids killed in Bali were at the show or not, or reading reviews or seeing footage of us ... after the tragedy Australia has been through, we just didn't think it was the right thing to come there and play that concert.
"This is a totally emotional response, and it's very typical of Paul -- what's wrong with that?""To tell you the truth, Paul didn't just want to play Melbourne. He wanted to play Sydney too. He's done some of the best concerts I've ever seen in Sydney. We will be back."Mr. Baker says that Sir Paul is presently negotiating to stage an Australian tour in the first half of 2003.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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