Thursday, February 17, 2005


You’re not our voice, Kiwis tell Farnham

`Australian singer John Farnham is disappointed he would not be performing at the 90th anniversary Anzac service at Gallipoli, his manager said today.

The star was invited by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to sing at the event, but New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark has vetoed his performance, saying it would be inappropriate.

“I think it’s totally inappropriate to have loud entertainment on a place which was a killing field,” Ms Clark said on NZ radio today. [..]

NZ Government spokesman Ian Kennedy said he doubted Ms Clark had personally objected but snubbed the star by adding “I’m authorised to say New Zealand’s Prime Minister has never heard of Johnny Farnham”.’

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