Macca finally gets to perform in Israel

August 25th, 2008 - 2:57 pm ICT by ANI  

Paul McCartney

London, Aug 25 (ANI): Sir Paul McCartney is all set to rock in Israel next month, 43 years after The Beatles were banned from playing in the Holy Land.

According to reports in Israel, the legendary rock star’’s concert in Tel Aviv, announced earlier this year, has now been scheduled for September 25.

The Beatles tour to Israel in 1965 because at that time the government could not afford the expense.

However, it was widely held that Israel was concerned it would not be able to cope with Beatlemania and feared the band might corrupt Israeli youth.

Earlier this year, Israel officially apologised for cancelling the concert and sent letters to Macca and Ringo Starr, the two surviving members of the group.

Apologies were also given to the relatives of John Lennon and George Harrison.

Israel’’s ambassador to Britain Ron Prosor, said the country wanted to “rectify a historic missed opportunity.”

“There is no doubt that it was a great missed opportunity to prevent people like you, who shaped the minds of the generation, to come to Israel and perform,” the Telegraph quoted him, as stating in the letter.

“We missed a chance to learn from the most influential musicians of the decade,” he added. (ANI)

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