Tuesday, March 4, 2008

James Blunt plays graphic footage of war-torn Kosovo during gig in New York

James BluntJames Blunt shocked concert goers - by playing graphic footage of war-torn Kosovo during a New York gig.

The singer broke off from playing his love songs and ballads to show the home videos, which he shot while serving in the region with NATO.

A US source revealed: "The audience watched a massive video screen display images of bombed homes, dead bodies and graves interspersed with smiling children flashing peace signs.

"The collective swooning turned to gasps."

Blunt, 34, later said of the Friday night concert at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan: "The film was my footage, taken from our vehicles while we patrolled.

"I recently had a chance to go back and play for the Serbs, and they were all in on my message. It's great because music is the strongest form of communication, and it was nice to connect with them."

The footage played as Blunt performed single, No Bravery - which he wrote while serving as an armed NATO peacekeeper in Kosovo.

He also told the New York Daily News that he was behind Prince Harry's deployment to Afghanistan.

He said: "He's a soldier, part of the team. Let's hope that [the government] achieves their goals and he's helping them work toward that.

"You can either give a soldier a gun or a shovel" - a reference to NATO peacekeepers - "but either way, he's part of a global mission for good."

By Owen Williams, Mar 04 2008 © Copyright 2008 - Showbiz Spy

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