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Culture news, 03.02.2004 13:32

McCartney plans gig in Palace Square

McCartney giving concert in Moscow McCartney even wrote a letter to President Vladimir Putin asking to support the planned event, according to Russian media and promoters.

Very few details are available about the concert that is being negotiated between McCartney's management, Moscow-based Alfa Bank and promoters SAV Entertainment, who cooperated on McCartney's Moscow concert last May. "The only thing I can say that there are only very initial agreements about this event," said Alfa Bank's representative by telephone on Monday.

Signed by longtime McCartney tour director Barrie Marshall, the letter reads, "Paul was very impressed with the city and the culture, and after the wonderful reception he received in Moscow, Paul felt that to play a concert in St. Petersburg would be a great way to finish off his informal visit there last year." McCartney's press officer Geoff Baker said from London on Monday that he knew nothing about the planned concert and suggested contacting tour director Marshall. Marshall was not available for comment late Monday.

The concert is expected to be held on Palace Square on City Day, May 27. Palace Square can hold 100,000 people.

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