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Macca To Save World With Israel Gig
Luke Turner , September 24th, 2008 14:59

Sir Paul McCartney hopes to "reawaken" audience on Thursday

Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney has arrived in Israel ahead of this Thursday's Friendship First concert in Tel Aviv.

Speaking about the gig, which has been criticised by some Islamic Clerics, the former Beatle said that he believed it could be a catalyst for change in the Middle East and beyond.

"The world knows about the conflicts that have been in that region and I like to think that if I go to a place it becomes evident that my message is a peaceful one and I hope that the idea will spread," Sir Paul said.

"It often does happen you know - you'll go to a place and it can affect the audience," he added. "It reawakens the idea - so that is definitely my message and when I am talking to people, that will be my message and I am sure it is a message shared by a lot of the audience too.

"People ask this question through the years. 'Do you think music can change things?' I think it can. I think it's good for people's souls."

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