Healing With McCartney

Paul McCartney said he hopes his concerts in Japan would have a ”healing effect” on the country still recovering from 2011’s earthquake and nuclear disaster.

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“At this time we are focused on a lot of the problems that Japan has had, particularly in the last year or two,” McCartney told national daily newspaper Asahi Shimbun before his Japan tour, which runs Nov. 11-21.

“I always like to think that our concerts can have a healing effect, that they can help people through crises.”

He said that he would invite people from the “nuclear disaster area” around the crippled Fukushima power plant to the concerts.

“It would be nice that my concert could help them through their problems.”

Asked about other artists who canceled concerts in the wake of the nuclear disaster, McCartney said, “There’s always a chance of something tragic happening in countries, but we just go, we just cross our fingers and hope for the best.

“And that’s the way I live my life anyway,” he said, adding, “People might think, ‘Well, if it was safe enough for Paul, it must be safe enough for us.'”