McCartney Wants to Perform In China Nov 19, 2008 1:06:49 GMT -5
Post by yerblues1968 on Nov 19, 2008 1:06:49 GMT -5
SIR PAUL McCARTNEY SAYS
HE WANTS TO PERFORM IN CHINA
Sir Paul McCartney wants to perform a gig in China, three years after announcing he would boycott the country over its animal rights record.
By Anita Singh, Showbusiness Editor
Last Updated: 7:01PM GMT 16 Nov 2008
The former Beatle said it is the one country he dreams of performing in.
He recently performed his first concert in Israel, 43 years after the Beatles were banned over fears they would corrupt the nation's youth.
Asked during a radio interview where he would like to play next, Sir Paul replied: "I've never played in China, I'm kind of interested to see what that's like. There's lots of places I've never played, but I think China would be the answer."
In 2005, the singer announced he would never perform there after watching undercover footage of dogs and cats being killed for their fur.
Sir Paul, a staunch vegetarian, said at the time that the practice was "like something out of the dark ages". After viewing the BBC film with his then wife, anti-fur campaigner Heather Mills, he said: "I wouldn't even dream of going over there to play, in the same way I wouldn't go to a country that supported apartheid. This is just disgusting. It's just against the very rule of humanity. I couldn't go there. If they want to consider themselves a civilised nation, they're going to have to stop this."
In the interview with Absolute Radio's Geoff Lloyd to promote his new album, Electric Arguments, Sir Paul said he would love to collaborate on a record with Bob Dylan.
He also relived the moment he received his knighthood from the Queen in 1997, joking: "Slight trepidation at the idea of going to Buck Palace and being honoured by her Maj... I hadn't washed for about two weeks so I thought, 'I can't go there smelling.' so I did wash that morning."
Sir Paul also appears to have relaxed his healthy eating plan, which Mills liked to enforce. She endured public ridicule last year by appearing to suggest that people should drink milk from rats rather than cows. Asked how he takes his tea, the singer replied: "Milk and sugar. Sugar these days, yes. I know not many people dare to take sugar these days, but I'm just reckless."