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Rocker Kelly Osbourne Pulls UK Gig on Terror Fears

Old 02-13-03, 10:53 AM
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Rocker Kelly Osbourne Pulls UK Gig on Terror Fears

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LONDON (Reuters) - Rock tearaway Kelly Osbourne (news) has pulled out of performing at one of Britain's biggest music awards, fearing a terror attack on London while she is there, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.

The spiky-haired singer, who was due to belt out her latest hit "Shut Up" at the NME awards on Thursday, canceled the show after pressure from her showbiz parents Sharon and Ozzy.

"Sharon and Ozzy are concerned about their children's safety and they don't want them flying about while the world is on high alert," said a UK spokeswoman.

The United States and Britain have bolstered security amid intelligence-led fears that al Qaeda may launch a terror attack on the western allies.

Britain has deployed troops to London's Heathrow airport and reconnaissance aircraft to the skies, while the U.S. has surrounded its defense headquarters at the Pentagon (news - web sites) with anti-aircraft missiles.

The teenage rebel "freaked" when she saw images of British troops patrolling Heathrow, according to the Web Site of the show's organizer NME (

"The Osbournes were in New York on September 11 (2001)," said Kelly's spokeswoman. "That had a big effect on them." added that British showbiz promoters were expecting a slew of cancellations from other U.S.-based stars, including Pink, Avril Lavigne (news) and Justin Timberlake (news).
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Old 02-13-03, 05:21 PM
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Seriously though, AA, you need to put a little of yourself into these posts and to consider whether the subject has been done to death already e.g. the downloading topic posted at around the same time as this has already been the subject of multiple threads during the past month or three. [Benedict]

Concerning Kelly and various performers that are said to be avoiding visiting the UK I say that, it is on the face of it, it is downright wimpish.

However, there is always the chance that people have been misreported and that this is more about taking a long-ish plane journey generally than coming to the UK in particular.

In overall less violent times, but when there were new threats of bombings from other quarters, I distinctly recall when Sly Stallone cancelled a trip to the UK. The irony was that someone demonstrated that, statistically, he was at more risk staying at home than, say, in London. That was a few years ago before all the eastern european, asian and west indian gangs started battling it out for drug territory in London and other major British cities.

In this particular case of course there is something of a family history of cancelling shows.... she may be an intriguing character but I can't say we are missing much! Apparently TATU are on their way
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Old 02-14-03, 09:50 AM
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Finally, something good came of all these terror alerts.

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