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Gig boss says some stars wary to play in the Middle East.

Galt claimed rock stars Foo Fighters have been reluctant to play in the Middle East because of an image of the region propagated by the American media

Gigs featuring the great and the good of the music world are regular occurrence in the UAE, but concert organisers face some big challenges in persuading top acts in this part of the world.

And it's not just dealing with outlandish riders and wacky requests. Promoters have revealed one challenge they face in persuading acts to perform in the Middle East is tackling stereotypes drummed into them by Western media.

Top artists such as Ellie Goulding, Jason Derulo and Thirty Seconds to Mars may have put on a show at Dubai Music Week, while rockers Bon Jovi and the Dave Matthews band are poised to play in Abu Dhabi in the coming weeks.

However, Mike Galt, talent manager at Live Nation, has revealed that one big-name band in particularly are wary of gigging in the Gulf because of their perceptions of the Arab world. That band? The Foo Fighters.

Galt, previously tour manager to acts like Snoop Dogg and PS, claimed: "It's something that's been brought up quite a bit. I actually work very closely with their management and it's been a challenge because of the mentality that a person in that band has with coming to the Middle East."

He said the notions stemmed from "a little bit of everything".

Galt said: "It's a culmination... the way the media portrays the Middle East in the United States... there are certain people that are just weird and paranoid and things like that."

However, the talent manager is optimistic the band will ultimately stage a gig for their UAE fans.

He said: "Things have been changing for the last couple of years.

"They're going in different markets now, they're playing in places they never would have touched about eight or nine years ago, so we're getting close. All I will say is that we're getting close."

He added: "I would love to bring them here."

megha@7days.ae

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