GOLD COAST (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — An ANZAC Day (April 24) concert featuring Powderfinger at Australia's Currumbin Beach drew more than 15,000 fans and more than its share of controversy.
ANZAC day, held annually to memorialize the Australian & New Zealand soldiers who served abroad with the forces of Great Britain at the calamitous landings in Gallipoli during WWI. It has long been considered a solemn remembrance with a sunrise ceremony to mark the occasion, so the staging of a boisterous rock concert at Currumbin Beach starting at 8 AM has caused a stir.
The concert wasn't without its supporters however. Former Defence Force chief Peter Cosgrove was a supporter of the event, stating in the Sydney Morning Herald
"When these questions get asked of me about whether an activity is appropriate on ANZAC Day, I say what would the diggers lying in their graves think," he told the Sydney Morning "I always think that they would be quite happy if, after the observances and after the reverence shown through dawn services and marches and services of the like, I'm sure they don't want Australians to go indoors and stare at the curtains.
Some of the proceeds from the event went to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Animal Hospital. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers