The future of the Frank Sinatra concert tour of Australia is clouded, following a series of incidents that have led to unions putting a black ban on the singer and his entourage.
Crowd waits to see Sinatra outside his Melbourne hotel
Security man holds up hand
Police cordons outside hotel
Numberplate of Sinatra's car
Security men hustle news teams away from car
Mrs Marx out and into car amid scuffle
Security men clash with photographers-car leave
Security men punch newsmen waiting at side entrance for Sinatra to return
Scuffles outside hotel
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Background: The future of the Frank Sinatra concert tour of Australia is clouded, following a series of incidents that have led to unions putting a black ban on the singer and his entourage.
Sinatra's brief visit to Australia has beer packed with incidents involving his bodyguard and the local press and TV newsmen. In Melbourne, Sinatra gave one concert then cancelled a second after unions demanded an apology for alleged insulting remarks. Sinatra was reported as having called Australian women journalists "hookers". The bodyguard has clashed with newsmen several times and one TV news team in Melbourne suffered facial cuts in wild brawls outside his hotel.
The first clash came when Sinatra was leaving to go to his concert at Festival Hall. The bodyguard, which included members of a Melbourne security force, hustled photographers away from his car, which carried the singer and his friend, Mrs Barbara Marx, to the concert.
The second and most hectic brawl occurred when Sinatra was due to return to the hotel. Three television teams went to a side entrance which Sinatra had used earlier to sneak into the hotel. Six bodyguards rushed the crews as they turned on their camera lights. Punches were thrown and newsmen from HSV Channel 7 Melbourne reeled away with head cuts and bleeding noses.
While the brawl was going on at the side entrance, Sinatra went through the foyer of the hotel and up to the 15th floor. Later, unions imposed their black ban, Sinatra called off his Melbourne concert series and returned to Sydney. He told a new conference through his lawyer that he wanted to proceed with his Sydney concerts and was willing to have them beamed to Melbourne However, unions are adamant that unless he apologises, the black ban will still apply -- even to the extent of cutting fuel to any aircraft he books on to leave the country.