Prince wanted to give a free charity concert under the Eiffel Tower on the 14th of July, but Paris town council has rejected his demands judging the project « incompatible with the traditional French national fireworks » says an AFP press report today. Prince’s French tour producer Jackie Lombard has received a refusal letter from Paris town council claming that « two events like Prince concert and French national day fireworks could not live together ».
Nevertheless, « concerts from Johnny Hallyday and Michel Polnareff have already gone together with French national day fireworks in the past » comments Prince’s producer, who submitted to the town council other dates in september associated with an association fighting against VIH/AIDS. « There are already two events organized in september: a George Michael concert and a Solidarité Sida concert. We could give a big spotlight on aids » added Lombard. Paris town council has yet to give an answer.
Update: Prince’s camp released this statement via drfunkenberry web site:
« PRINCE NEVER PROPOSED 2 PLAY THIS EVENT. NO ONE FROM R « TEAM » R HOPING 2 « HOLD » ANYTHING. THE FRENCH PRESS WOULD B BETTER SERVED FOCUSING ON THE ECONOMY. »