REMINDER: Paul plays Kiev this weekend with VIDEO update to the fans.

This is just a reminder that Paul will be playing a HUGE concert in Kiev this weekend.  It slipped past our radar, but the concert has it’s own official website.  It looks like the whole country is gearing up for the huge event.

Paul has also pepper video messages to fans on his official website as well.  Don’t forget to check those out too.

Here’s Paul’s video message to his fans in Kiev from the concert’s official site.

So, dear readers, here’s a question for you to think about.
Do you think that Paul’s setlist will change much from the Capital of Culture gig in LIverpool?  Will he close the show with Back in the USSR, because you know, those Ukraine girls really knock him out.  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Here’s what we’ve read.

On Saturday 14th June 2008, 21:00 at the invitation of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Paul McCartney will perform to hundreds of thousands of people in Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine. This groundbreaking event has been named Independence Concert. Paul’s special show will be free to attend and will be broadcasted live on Novy TV.

This exciting event will be seen as symbolic for several generations of Ukrainians. It will allow people of different ethnicities and religions, political preferences and geopolitical orientations to come together around the ideas of peace, love and unity; the very ideas that Paul McCartney with The Beatles helped bring into the World. Independence Concert is an independent social initiative that aims to strengthen the confidence and understanding in the Ukrainian society.

Independence Concert appeals to the ideals that helped 30 years ago to melt down the ice of the ‘cold war’ in the hearts of millions and changed the world into a better place. Today the ideology that forms the core of Ukrainian independence is shared with Paul McCartney’s own ideology. Independence Concert serves to promote happiness, freedom, love and peace not only in the Ukraine but also to the entire World.

This historic concert will be broadcast live on screens in 5 cities across the Ukraine – Lviv, Kharkov, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk and Odessa for those who can’t make it to Kiev.

Paul McCartney said:

‘I’m very excited because on the 14th of June I’ve been invited to play a concert in Independence Square, Kiev. Me and the band are going to be there and we’re going to have to a great evening and we hope to see you there. So come along, it’s going to be great evening hopefully for the Ukraine. Pull together, groove, rock and roll – all together”

Victor Pinchuk, Ukrainian businessman and philanthropist and founder of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation said:

“One could not imagine this 30 years ago. Nobody could even dare to hope for this 20 years ago. One could only dream about it 10 years ago. 5 years ago we could only envy our neighbours for whom this became a reality. And finally the day has come. For the first time we have the opportunity to hear the songs that changed the world and created a new culture. The songs that we grew up with and became who we are. These songs tell us about very simple but nevertheless important things: real love can’t be bought and that real friendship can’t be sold. There is much more to what unites people than what divides them, and in reality it’s not an impossible task to become a better person and to make the world a better place, especially if you do it all together.

 Source: Independence Concert website

One Response

  1. I live blogged the Paul McCartney concert in Kyiv this evening at my blog, http://www.greetings-from-ukraine.blogspot.com.

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