Ex-Beatle’s rep dismisses memorial concert rumors
By David Sands
January 15, 2015
In the wake of David Bowie’s death, rumors spread that Paul McCartney was planning to play a tribute-turned-memorial concert for the late superstar at New York’s Carnegie Hall this spring.
It turns out, however, that reports about the bass-playing former Beatle sharing the stage at the March 31 event with confirmed acts like Cyndi Lauper, Perry Farrell, Jakob Dylan and The Roots were nothing more than wishful thinking.
Speaking to the Beatles Examiner on Jan. 13, a spokesman for McCartney dismissed the notion of him performing at the show as “tabloid speculation.”
The former Beatle, however, did comment on his friend’s passing in a Jan. 11 statement on his website.
“Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together,” said McCartney. “His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I’m proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world.”
“I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever,” he added.
Bowie died of liver cancer on Sunday. He was 69-years-old.
The singer’s final album, Blackstar, was released last week—just two days before his passing—and has been enjoying strong sales.
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