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Sir Paul show 'damaged artworks'
Sir Paul in St Petersburg
The concert attracted more than 60,000 fans
Sir Paul McCartney's Sunday concert near St Petersburg's Hermitage Museum was "damaging" to its valuable artworks, its director has said.

Director Mikhail Piotrovski said it was "totally unacceptable" to hold a concert so close because noise vibrations had damaged paintings.

"Something has to be done so there are no more of these types of shows," Mr Piotrovski said.

The show, Sir Paul's first gig in St Petersburg, was seen by 60,000 people.

The open-air concert was held in a city square close to the Hermitage's Winter Palace, which houses some of the collection's most important art.

Vibration danger

"We prepared for this concert like we would for a flood, all the museum's departments were put on alert," Mr Piotrovski said.

He said "we do not ship any of our paintings by airplane" because of the danger from vibrations.

The sound levels during the McCartney concert were "incomparably more powerful than that of any airplane," Mr Piotrovski said.

Sir Paul had never played in the northern Russian city before Sunday, which marked his 3,000th live performance.

He had visited the city last year for its 300th anniversary, before going on to play a concert in Moscow's Red Square last May - his first date in Russia.

This weekend, he plays at the Glastonbury Festival, one of three headliners alongside Oasis and Muse.


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