Saint Etienne Slam Young And Melua's Ve Gig

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Pop trio Saint Etienne have slammed Will Young and Katie Melua's "disrespectful" performances at last month's (08MAY05) concert for London's wartime survivors, marking the 60th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) day.

The IS IT TRUE? stars believe Young and Melua made a mockery of the 15,000 veterans who descended on the British capital's famous Trafalgar Square by turning the event into a false celebration of those who fought and died in World War II.

Keyboardist PETE WIGGS says, "I didn't understand that VE Day thing at all. Katie Melua and Will Young doing THE BOOGIE WOOGIE BUGLE BOY OF COMPANY B makes you wonder what an 80 year old would think of it. 'Did we fight the war for this?'

"The end of the war is important, but do you really want to celebrate it in this fake, jolly way? It should have been a bit less showbiz and a bit more, I don't know, respectful. VERA LYNNE's still going. They could have had her."

10/06/2005 19:26

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I have been made aware of St Etienne's ridiculous comments about Will Young and Katie Melua's performances at the VE Day concert.I was born before the start of the Second World War and thoroughly enjoyed the concert and don't feel that their performances were at all "disrespectful". What a strange comment to make!I thought they both sang very well indeed and Will's rendition of Love for Sale was heartrending. The only people who were disrespectful were Cliff Richard and Daniel Bedingfield who not only sang their 40s songs as though they were written in the 21st century, but chose to promote their new singles. Now that WAS inappropriate.
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Just adding another comment. Katie didn't sing Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy! Dame Vera Lynn WAS there! And the jollity was not fake. Did St Etienne actually watch the concert? And who are they anyway?
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