Despite conflicting news from different sources, including the BBC, Paul McCartney will not play in St. Petersburg, according to Anthea Eno and Seva Gakkel, officially appointed by McCartney's management to look after a charity event during the former Beatle's visit to the city next week.
McCartney's visit to St. Petersburg is purely a private visit at the invitation of Anthea Eno, whose U.K.-registered charity operates in St. Petersburg for the benefit of musically gifted but deprived schoolchildren.
"Paul [...] will officially inaugurate the work of the charity, called The Menshikov Foundation," said Eno. McCartney's scheduled masterclass at an unnamed musical college on May 23 has been canceled.
"Naturally, we all hope that he will have such a pleasant impression of the city that he will return for a concert at some time in the future," said Eno.
McCartney will arrive in St. Petersburg on May 22 and leave on May 23 to play a huge open-air concert on Moscow's Red Square on May 24. The cheapest tickets will cost from 1,000 rubles ($32.25) to an unprecedented 10,000 rubles ($322.50).