Spector's Fred MacPherson: 'The Olympic torch relay is Nazi propaganda'

Singer claims procession is a 'celebration of the Third Reich'

Spector's Fred MacPherson: 'The Olympic torch relay is Nazi propaganda'

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Spector's Fred MacPherson has hit out at the Olympic torch relay.

The frontman says it is ludicrous to continue a procession which was invented by Nazi Germany for the controversial 1936 Berlin Olympics.

"It’s fashionable to hate the Olympics but it's a culturally relevant event on some level," he told The Sun. "I do have a problem with the torch relay, which was invented by the Nazis as a celebration of the Third Reich across Europe, celebrating their power."

He added: "That’s been completely glossed over. History can get a bit lost in translation and suddenly Nazi propaganda becomes a way of uniting all the different nations living in England."

Earlier this week, Spector announced a mammoth 22-date UK tour for later this year. The tour begins at Glasgow's Oran Mor on October 10 and runs until November 10 when the band play their largest headline show to date at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.

The run of shows is in support of the band's debut album 'Enjoy It While It Lasts', which will be released on August 13. The album contains 12 tracks and includes singles 'Chevy Thunder' and 'Celestine'.

Tickets go on sale on tomorrow (August 3) at 9am (GMT). To check the availability of Spector tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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