christine~ (eppylover) wrote,

Our Paulie arrives tonight in Tel Aviv

~ Good luck, Macca sweetie. ~

McCartney's Israel Concert Follows 1965 Cancellation
By Gwen Ackerman

Sept. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Beatles hits command the Israeli airwaves as the country counts down to a Paul McCartney concert on Sept. 25 that the show's financier hopes will "right a wrong."

The wrong that Yakir Sha'ashoua, a businessman with aviation and security companies, is referring to is the cancellation of a 1965 Beatles concert. Four decades ago, the government refused to allow producers to withdraw the foreign currency needed to pay a band it said would be a corrupting influence on Israeli youth.
Beatles manager Brian Epstein told the group at the time that Israel "thinks you are going to be a bad influence on their youth," McCartney recalled in an interview this month on Israel's Channel Two television. "We were amused, we weren't insulted*."
In the years following the cancellation of the event by the group, which has now sold more than a billion records, Israel has become more open to outside cultures. The government gave up its monopoly on radio and television in the 1990s and many stars have now played in the country, such as Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, who played a concert in June 2006 in a village near Jerusalem.

Last year, the Foreign Ministry sent a message of apology to McCartney and Ringo Starr for that cancellation.

Hey Jude

"I am going to make up for it," McCartney said in the television interview about the missed opportunity. He arrives tonight in Tel Aviv, Israel Radio said as it broadcast "Hey Jude" and "Octopus's Garden."

Sha'ashoua is contributing as much as 30 million shekels ($8.5 million) and is hoping for a 12 percent return, he said.

Not even born when the first concert was planned, the now London- and Russia-based Sha'ashoua, 37, said it is always a good thing to remember mistakes made in the past.

"I wouldn't say I fixed it, but I did participate in a group effort to put things right," he said in a phone interview.

Tickets are on sale for 490 shekels, expensive by local standards and out of the range of the average Israeli who makes about 8,000 shekels a month. Local radio stations are giving tickets away on talk shows and credit card companies are offering discounts in return for points.

Security will be strict after an extremist Islamic leader warned that the 66-year-old rocker could be targeted by suicide bombers for celebrating Israel instead of supporting the Palestinian people in their suffering, the daily Haaretz said.

"You have to realize that any high-profile event brings with it some worries," McCartney said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post published on Sept. 21. "I think most people understand that I'm quite apolitical and that my message is a global one and that it is a peaceful one."
To contact the writer on this story: Gwen Ackerman in Jerusalem at
Last Updated: September 23, 2008 07:43 EDT

*Even though in this article he recalls that they weren't insulted, Paul did remark elsewhere that the Boys were aware that the crass rejection did humiliate the Epstein family ~ and he hopes his concert will do a little bit to atone for that.

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