London (May 21, 2004)–According to Billboard.Com, rehearsals for Paul McCartney’s upcoming European stadium tour have drawn ire from residents in east London. The 61-year-old former Beatle cranked it up too loud.
The rehearsals have been taking place inside the famed Millennium Dome in the district of Greenwich, south of the Thames River, but local winds have apparently been carrying the band’s efforts to the other side, annoying residents of the London district of Tower Hamlets.
The article quotes local resident Eric Pemberton, 67, who reported, “I thought someone was listening to a ghetto blaster in one of the other flats. I had the windows closed and the front door just open enough to let the cat in and out. It took me a while to realize that this bass was coming from the Dome on the other side of the river. I rang up the environmental health officers at the council and they told me ‘It’s Paul McCartney.’ I said ‘So what? He doesn’t pay my [taxes], and if it was me that was doing this, I would have been prosecuted.'”
The Greenwich council government admitted it had received a number of complaints from Tower Hamlets residents, but didn’t specify how many; nonetheless, the council will monitor the situation to make certain sound levels remain below 92dB. Handling FOH duties for the stadium run is longtime McCartney engineer Paul “Pab” Boothroyd, while John Roden is once again taking on the monitors position. The tour debuts May 25 in Gijon, Spain and finishes up a month later on June 26 at the annual Glastonbury Festival.