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2003-May-23: Looking Forward to the Russian Concert

Today's Moscow Times contains a story about Sir Paul's first ever Russian concert.  On Saturday, Sir Paul will be performing in an open-air concert directly in front of St. Basil's Cathedral.  During an online chat in March, Sir Paul said:
"I've long wanted to play in Russia, but for a number of years, when the Communists were  in power, they didn't want me to.   I've never even visited Russia as a tourist, so it's exciting for me now to be getting to perform there with the band and finally be singing Back in the U.S.S.R. and all these other songs for people who, I've got a feeling, might just be ready for it."
During his recent BBC interview, Sit Paul said that since the mid-1960s he has been aware that  that a considerable fan  base existed behind the Iron Curtain:
"We were chuffed in the '60s when we heard The Beatles were big in Russia.  "We thought 'Wow! The power of music!' "
Sir Paul's Moscow concert in Red Square will begin at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are still available at the cost of 1,000 to 10,000 rubles.  No live broadcast of the concert is being planned, however Russian Channel One is expected to show a recording of the concert at a later date.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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