Prominent Egyptian singer Amr Diab was forced to stop singing during his concert in Syria after an official from the company sponsoring his performance assaulted one of his fans. The singer was in shock when the official from Syria Tel began senselessly beating a fan who had managed to go on stage to personally greet Amr.
Amr became furious at the scene and ran to rescue his fan and demanded that the official be instantly removed from the scene or else he will not continue his performance. According to the London based daily, Al Hayat, Amr stressed that Art is noble message to everyone and he is against all forms of violence of all levels. He added that despite the fact that his performance in Syria was a charity event for the handicapped, but the incident that occurred in front of him made him go in rage leading him to threaten pulling out and stop his concert.
Recently, Diab was scheduled to hold a big concert in Hasenda tourist village on Egypt's north coast, but nothing went as planned and the big event was cancelled at the last minute. The reasons were not revealed and Diab's assistants preferred to keep the news of the cancellation in the dark because they did not want to affect the great success of Amr's last concert in Marina.
Different sources revealed that the story started when Egyptian businessman Omar Rateb, owner of Andrea Restaurant in Hasenda village, asked Amr to come and sing for residents of the village in his restaurant. One thousand people were supposed to attend but as soon as Amr came to the village he started to negotiate his wage and asked for 170 thousand EGP to hold a two-hour concert.
Rateb refused to pay such a big sum for only two hours the thing that made Amr and his band leave the village and the concert was cancelled. Residents of the village were disappointed yet happy to find out how much their star charges for night. –Albawaba.com
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