Enrique Pays Tribute To Madrid Victims

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Postby suzieQ » Sun Mar 14, 2004 9:22 am

Iglesias pays tribute to Madrid victims
source: theage.com.au

Iglesias pays tribute to Madrid victims
March 14, 2004 - 9:56PM

Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias tonight paid tribute to those killed and injured in the Madrid terrorist attacks, holding a minute's silence during his Sydney show.

Iglesias paused three songs into his concert to remember the 200 killed and about 1,500 injured in the bomb blasts which tore through packed trains during rush hour last Thursday.

"I was born in Madrid, Spain, so it is very personal to me," Iglesias said before taking to the stage.

"Being so far away from Madrid right now feels very awkward.

"The moment of silence is because I need it."

Iglesias, 29, arrived in Brisbane late Thursday evening for the Australian leg of his current world tour.

He plays Sydney tonight and tomorrow before heading to Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

On arriving in Australia, Iglesias saw graphic television footage of his birthplace torn apart by the carnage.

His mother and sisters live in the city but none were directly affected by the bombing.

"You kind of feel like you want to be with your family, with your mum and just be close to them at a time like this.

"I have been watching the images on TV and it just breaks my heart. You go through so many emotions. You are angry. You are completely destroyed, sad, lost. It is kind of like a denial thing in a way in that it feels like it can't be real."

Iglesias, who was born in Madrid but raised in Miami, said his family in Spain were coping well.

"Spain is a strong country and when it comes down to that, they are very united and they help each other very well," he said.

But he said Madrid would undoubtedly change forever.

"I think it is going to change completely," Iglesias said.

"In a way you can easily compare it with September 11 (terrorist attacks in the United States). It is going to change the way people travel, the way they view Madrid, tourism and more generally the way people live there.

"It is going to take some time before people get over those fears."

However, the singer is planning on returning to Madrid soon.

It is not yet clear which terrorist group is responsible for the blasts with both Basque militant group ETA and al-Qaeda remaining key suspects.

"My grandfather was kidnapped by ETA so for me I was directly affected by it as a kid and that is why I moved out of Spain," he said.

"So that is why this has hit me in such a personal way."

Iglesias has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and followed in the footsteps of his famous father Julio Iglesias.

He is joined on the current leg of his world tour by girlfriend, tennis star Anna Kournikova.

On a brighter note, Iglesias said he was looking forward to having a few days off in Australia.

"Everybody is very laid back," he said of the Australian people.

"I am going to take it easy and go to the beach."

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