Paul McCartney gives his support to “Rock Against Cancer” concert

Friday, February 28, 2014

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From Concert At The Kings website, February 28, 2014:

Three of Britain’s biggest rock stars  – Sir Paul McCartney, Brian May and Sir Bob Geldof  – are backing a ‘Rock Against Cancer’ concert at a pub in a tiny Wiltshire village.

The legends are helping to promote the concert at The Kings Arms in the hideaway hamlet of All Cannings, near Devizes, on Saturday May 31st.

Sir Paul and Queen guitarist Brian May are leading a social media campaign to raise awareness of the cancer charity event.

Live Aid leader Sir Bob is fronting the reformed Boomtown Rats to headline the ‘Concert At The Kings’ show in the village that has a population of only 630.

‘Rock Against Cancer’ was an idea thought up by three residents of All Cannings who have each fought with cancer – pub landlord Richard Baulu, sound engineer John ‘Grubby’ Callis and the village’s own local hero, Andy Scott, guitarist with Seventies chart-toppers The Sweet.

They launched the annual event two years ago. Artists including Jeff Beck, Brian May, Roger Taylor, Mike & The Mechanics, Midge Ure and Tom Robinson have performed and help raise more than £35,000 for cancer charities.

This year the organisers are aiming to raise the profile of the little-known gig by asking stars to help a social media campaign by posing in ‘Rock Against Cancer’ T-shirts – and first to respond were Sir Paul, Brian May and actress-singer Kerry Ellis, star of The Queen musical ‘We Will Rock You’.

‘We’re hugely grateful for this fantastic support to put the concert on the map,’ said Richard Baulu. ‘It’s a great boost for the cause to have such rock giants in our campaign T-shirts.’ […]

From Concert At The Kings:

“Rock Against Cancer” was an idea thought up by John “Grubby” Callis (sound engineer) Andy Scott (Sweet) and Richard Baulu of The Kings Arms, All Cannings in 2010, and after 2 years of planning we managed to launch the show back in 2012.

Our aim is to raise awareness and much needed funds for Cancer Charities and exceed the £50,000 target we set ourselves back in 2010. And also to make a large donation to local needs in and around All Cannings and the hope is that in the future they will be able to put different events on for local residents.

The last five years’ success was fantastic and we’ve managed to raise over £182,000 for the charities so far – thanks to you all and the wonderful support of the artists that came to the sleepy village of All Cannings. […]

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Andrea 1 year ago

It was years ago but could I still donate? I lost my mum Cecilia, her sister Mary, my amazing aunt and my grandfather, Edward all to lung cancer.

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The PaulMcCartney Project 1 year ago

Hi Andrea, I'm afraid I don't know if the campaign is still active or not.

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