Petition for Paul to release his 2008 Independence Concert
There is an initiative to petition Paul McCartney and record company UMG to release Paul’s 2008 concert in the Ukraine to benefit Ukranian refugees.
On Saturday 14th June, 2008, over 350,000 concert goers braved adverse weather conditions as Paul McCartney played the biggest concert in the Ukraine’s history. It was at the invitation of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation that Paul McCartney performed a free concert in Independence Square, Kyiv, Ukraine. The event was named Independence Concert.
For this concert, Paul resurrected for the first time live on stage the “Band on the run” album track “Mrs. Vandebilt“, which had been a very popular song on the radio in the area, back in the seventies.
Paul’s special show was broadcast live on Novy TV. This exciting event was seen as symbolic for several generations of Ukrainians. It allowed 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 was an independent social initiative that aimed to strengthen the confidence and understanding in the Ukrainian society.
The crowds filled all the roads surrounding the square and the concert was shown all around the city on screens that were specially put up for this event. The concert was also beamed live to six major cities (Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovshchyna, Sevastopol, Lviv, Donećk and Odesa) across the Ukraine where over 195,000 people came out to watch the show. Together with the TV broadcast, it is estimated that the total amount of people that watched the Independence Concert in the Ukraine was more than 10 million.
Paul only played four concerts in 2008, all big events: Liverpool, Kyiv, Quebec and Tel Aviv.
Now, almost fourteen years later, Henrik from Denmark has appealed to Universal Music Group and to Paul McCartney to release the Independence Concert in aid of Ukraine.
Henrik writes: “When Paul could release “Give Ireland Back to the Irish” and “Freedom”, George could release “Bangladesh Desh” and John could release “Power to the People” and “Give Peace a Chance”, why not this?
Combined with the concerts (and film releases) benefitting Bangladesh and “Concert for Kampuchea”, there is a precedent for active political stance and I think McCartney and UMG ought to “put their money where their mouths are“.
Paul McCartney’s Independence Concert in Kyiv was released in full by bootleggers on CD and DVD back in 2008. Clips from the concert is freely floating about on YouTube, and one of these clips have been shared on social media lately, that is Paul singing a medley of A Day In The Life/Give Peace A Chance.
Henrik has written this email to UMG in Denmark and the U.K., plus Paul McCartney’s company, MPL:
Hi all You good people at UMG.
Thank you for your continuous promotion of peace and love through music.
I wish Paul McCartney would not only stand up for Ukraine in words but also stand up financially by rush-releasing his 2008 concert from Independence Square in Kiev and donate all profits to the Red Cross in Ukraine and the peaceful neighbouring countries receiving Ukrainian refugees.
Action speaks louder than words.
Henrik from Denmark
Meanwhile, the artist Andy Goff has created this image and posted it on his instagram: