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October 9, 2012

Illness Forces Joseph Calleja to Cancel His Oct 11 Album-Release Concert at City Winery

Joseph Be My Love

Joseph Calleja’s October 11th concert at downtown Manhattan’s City Winery, which was to celebrate the U.S. release of the his fourth solo album for Decca, Be My Love: A Tribute to Mario Lanza (out today), has been canceled. The Maltese tenor was taken ill after a performance yesterday in Helsinki, Finland, and he was advised by his doctor not to travel to New York. “I was very much looking forward to coming to New York and am extremely frustrated and disappointed by this turn of events,” said Calleja in a statement. “Unfortunately the severe congestion caused by this virus makes me unable to sing.” The concert was being produced in collaboration with the Food Network New York City Wine & Food and was to mark Calleja’s only New York appearance this season. All current ticket holders are being notified and offered refunds or transfers to other shows. Please contact City Winery’s concierge with any questions at (212) 608-0555.

Joseph's Blog

February 16th, 2016

Shooting hyenas

How absolutely appalling it is to read in the news that Ms Roberta Metsola had her life threatened because she expressed her views on illegal immigration. Whereas I understand the genuine concerns of some people that multiculturalism can be a strain on society if not handled very carefully, such concerns are most certainly not an excuse to exhibit such Neanderthal behaviour, bandying about death threats and mindless comments such as “we should shoot them and those who support them”.

I have expressed my disdain for excessive political correctness in the past and I stand firmly by my belief that any immigrants who stir trouble unreasonably should be deported immediately. Having said that, a nation can but benefit from a controlled influx of genuine immigrants (whether refugees or not) who really want to integrate and contribute to a society. I am afraid to say that that the person who wants to shoot Ms Metsola will have to shoot me too and that person will probably find out that I make for a much easier target…

Meanwhile my statement published on my public FaceBook page, in reference to the “Iene” incident, got picked up by the national media and a few expressed disgust that I was defending the Labour party and I thought it would be a good idea to spell it out especially for those who can only see in shades of red and blue. I grew up with television programs such as “Mai dire gol” and later on “Le Iene” so I know exactly what the latter programs entail. My reaction was not just one of disapproval on how this “journalist” behaved in our parliament completely unchallenged but at how many Maltese were ready to rubbish our country irrespective of the dubious veracity of the claims being made. My reaction would have been exactly the same irrespective of who was in Castille.  The excellent Raphael Vassallo explains it more eloquently than I do on this link – hhttp://www.maltatoday.com.mt/comment/blogs/62242/good_news_gee_how_disappointing#.VsOsouT2ZPY

It is one thing to “fight” tooth and nail for what is right, to fight corruption and to win the battle of ideas in hope of improving one’s country. It is quite another to derive pleasure when your country is being denigrated in light of dubious (at best) circumstances.