Australian fans of Paul McCartney have criticised the former Beatle after he posted an Australia Day message to his Facebook page and inadvertently reminded Aussies how long it’s been since he last toured the country.
Posting to Facebook with an old photo of himself with the Union Jack and the Australian Flag, McCartney said, “Salutations to our cousins down under on Australia Day. Have a great one. Watch out for flying kangaroos!”
Seems innocent enough, right? Albeit a bit tone deaf to the national conversation surrounding the divisive public holiday.
However, as Noise 11 reports, McCartney fans across Australia have been letting the rocker have it, while reminding him how annoyed they still are that he cancelled his November 2002 Australian shows. McCartney said he cancelled those shows because they were too soon after the Bali bombings, but the cancellation was also allegedly due to poor ticket sales.
McCartney hasn’t toured Australia since The New World Tour back in 1993, so his Australia Day post has seen him cop it pretty hard from disappointed locals. For example, here are some of the responses to his Facebook post:
McCartney is yet to publicly announce any plans for another Australian solo tour, but he has continued to tour the US and Europe over the last 10 years. With that in mind, it’s no wonder Aussie fans are annoyed that he hasn’t toured down under in over 20 years — there’s even an uber-Aussie Facebook page called “20 years since Paul McCartney’s last Aussie tour is not fair dinkum”.
Catch McCartney’s Australia Day Facebook post and all its comments below as we hope for a brighter future.
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