Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney said yesterday (Oct. 27) that he will postpone the final and biggest concert of his current world tour out of respect for the victims of the Bali bomb blasts. The arti

Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney said yesterday (Oct. 27) that he will postpone the final and biggest concert of his current world tour out of respect for the victims of the Bali bomb blasts. The artist's only Australian show was slated for Nov. 23 in Melbourne in front of more than 30,000 fans, and was to be his first date on the continent in more than a decade.

"As a mark of respect to both the families who have lost loved ones and to the families of the injured, I have decided to postpone my planned concert in Melbourne as this is not the appropriate time for a rock show," McCartney said in a statement.

About 90 Australians were among the more than 180 people killed in the nightclub bombings on the Indonesian resort island of Bali earlier this month. "There's no way we could come down there and do what is a joyous 36-song show in what Paul feels is one of the most tragic occasions in Australia's peacetime history," the singer's spokesperson said.

The McCartney tour will now move from the U.S., where the singer is performing more than 40 shows, to Mexico and end in Osaka, Japan. The spokesperson said a 2003 nationwide tour of Australia is now under consideration.

As previously reported, highlights from the first leg McCartney's North American tour will air Nov. 27 on the two-hour ABC special "Back in the U.S." Much of the footage, which captures McCartney and his band both on stage and off, mirrors the content of a similarly titled DVD and concert album, which will arrive in stores the previous day.


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