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PART 1: CONCERT FOR NEW YORK, MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, SATURDAY, OCT. 20, 2001
NEW YORK, Oct. 21, 2001
With rollicking energy, high patriotism and, at times, sorrow and anger, a pantheon of the world's most famous rock stars
paid tribute Saturday night to the victims and heroes of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks. "Concert for New York," held at
Madison Square Garden, ran for more than five hours. Paul McCartney, who organized the event, capped the night with his new
single --- "From a Lover to a Friend," old Beatles' favourites "Yesterday" and "Let It Be" and two performances of
"Freedom," a new song he wrote the day after the tragedy.
The stars later joined the rockers on stage for the night's finale of McCartney's "Freedom". McCartney wore an American flag
pin and a T-shirt with "FDNY" printed on the back. The shirt, he said, was given to him by one of the surviving heroes of
"This is one of the greatest nights for me," he told the crowd. "I want to thank you guys for everything you've done, on
behalf of the British, on behalf of America, on behalf of the world."
The concert is one of three all-star benefit concerts this weekend. On Sunday, Michael Jackson, the Backstreet Boys,
Mariah Carey, 'N Sync, Aerosmith and others will perform during an eight-hour concert in Washington.
CMT will broadcast a 2 1/2-hour live concert from Nashville, Tenn., featuring Tim McGraw, Sara Evans, Brooks & Dunn, Alan
Jackson and other country stars Sunday night.
Some New York City firefighters got the visit of their lives Friday when McCartney dropped in at downtown Manhattan
firehouses to hand out 100 tickets worth $2,000 each for Saturday's Madison Square concert.
"We found out that some of the guys here didn't have any tickets," said the former Beatle, whose father was a fireman in
Liverpool in War War II. "This concert is happening to honour brave guys like these, so when Heather told me they didn't
have tickets, I thought, 'Well, we've just got to fix that, haven't we."
Accordingly, McCartney dropped in on Ladder Company 55 on Broome Street and Ladder Company 6 on Canal Street, both of which
sit within blocks from the smouldering ruins of the World Trade Center, where some 5,000 people were killed in the
Sept. 11th attacks by hijacked jetliners - including 34 New York firefighters. Another 309 firefighters are officially
listed as missing, according to the fire department's Web site. McCartney surprised the firemen, said his publicist
Geoff Baker. They were "sitting and talking, having coffee," Baker said.
ATTACK 'WILL LIVE WITH ME FOREVER'
McCartney dropped in on Ladder Company 55 on Broome Street and Ladder Company 6 on Canal Street, both of which sit within
blocks from the smoldering ruins of the World Trade Center. McCartney was in New York when the planes struck the
World Trade Center's twin towers. "I was sitting on a plane at New York airport and watched it unfold through the windows.
It will live with me forever," McCartney told Britain's Sun newspaper in its Saturday edition. He said he hoped the concert
would raise morale as well as money. "People have to keep going at this difficult time," McCartney said, calling the event
"one of the most daunting gigs I have ever done." "My kids are half American and I was in New York when it happened so I
feel I am connected," the 59-year-old singer told the Sun. "Singing is the only way I know how to help the people of
PART 2: OSLO, CONCERT FOR PEACE, 100TH ANNIVERSARY NOBEL PEACE PRIZE, TUESDAY, DEC. 11, 2001
Singing For Peace, And For George
OSLO, Norway, Dec. 12, 2001. Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney played for peace in Oslo Tuesday in his first concert appearance
after the death of George Harrison and dedicated his songs to the fellow Beatle who died last month. McCartney performed
two songs. "Your Loving Flame" and "Freedom," from his new album "Driving Rain" at a Nobel Peace Prize concert to mark the
100th anniversary of the first award. "The first one I wrote for my fiancee, Heather, and the second one I wrote for the
American people after September 11, but tonight I'd like to dedicate them both to my friend George," McCartney said. He
topped off the event with the Beatles anthem "Let it Be", joined by other stars including Haitian-born rapper Wyclef Jean,
R&B singer Anastacia. Australian pop star Natalie Imbruglia, '80s favorites A-Ha, worldbeat leader Youssou N'Dour and
opera star Russell Watson. McCartney has been mourning the death of the youngest Beatles member since he died
November 30th at the age of 58 after battling cancer.
McCartney said he "was very honoured to be here at the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize" performing for a packed
Oslo Spektrum concert hall for guests including the 2001 Peace Prize winner U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Annan shared
the award with the United Nations. Norway's Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Martha and several
former Peace Prize laureates were also among the audience. McCartney said in a statement Sunday that he would play for peace
in Oslo and that he had ."I always felt that the strength of peace and love can give the world hope upon which to build our
future." In support of the Peace Prize, McCartney's wife-to-be Heather Mills, also in Oslo, appeared on a pre-recorded
video shown at the concert, calling for support for the 1997 Peace Prize winner, the International Campaign to
Ban Landmines. "Please join me in celebrating support for the work of this group," Mills, who became engaged to McCartney
in July, said in the video. Mills lost part of her left leg in a traffic accident in 1993. The Oslo concert was hosted by
actress Meryl Streep and Irish-born actor Liam Neeson.
PART 3 LONDON, BUCKINGHAM PALACE GARDEN, GOLDEN JUBILEE CONCERT, MONDAY JUNE 3rd 2002
QUEEN, SIR PAUL McCARTNEY and OZZY OSBOURNE rocked Buckingham Palace tonight (Monday, June 3) at The Party At The Palace to
celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee. Brian Wilson, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Atomic Kitten, Tom Jones and Annie Lennox
were also among the performers. Queen guitarist Brian May kicked off the three-hour show by playing a guitar rendition of
the national anthem "God Save The Queen" from the roof of Buckingham Palace.
About 12,000 people attended the concert at a specially constructed arena in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, after they
were chosen from two million applicants. It is estimated that a further million revellers gathered in the Mall outside the
Palace, while 200 million people watched the concert on television around the world. The show was unaffected by yesterday's
small fire at the Palace.
The concert opened at 7.30pm with a performance from Ricky Martin who played his hit "Livin' La Vida Loca". He was joined on
stage by Mis-Teeq, setting the tone for an evening that was full of celebrity duets. The Corrs joined Brian Wilson on stage,
as did Atomic Kitten, Emma Bunton and Cliff Richard for a version of "Good Vibrations".
One of the most poignant moments in the show was, following Beatles producer Sir George Martin's tribute to the late
George Harrison, the duet between McCartney and Eric Clapton on Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". McCartney also
performed The Beatles "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and was later joined by the evening's performers, including
Brian May, Joe Cocker. Rod Stewart, Cliff Richard and Ozzy Osbourne, for a rendition of "All You Need Is Love".
Phil Collins played drums for most of the evening.
Princes Charles, William and Harry were in the Royal box from the beginning of the show, and they were joined by The Queen
and Prince Philip at 10pm, just in time for Eric Clapton's performance of "Layla".
Earlier in the evening, Queen played a rousing set including "Radio Ga Ga", "We Will Rock You", "Bohemian Rhapsody" and
"We Are The Champions" with Will Young on vocals. Ozzy Osbourne, the only heavy rock star on the bill, performed
"Paranoid" and ended his song by telling the audience "God save the Queen". Before the show he revealed:
"I'm frightened to go out into the grounds of the Palace in case one of those Beefeater blokes arrests me."
The Queen later appeared on stage with her family and listened as Prince Charles gave a speech paying tribute to her and
thanking the performers and technicians. He said: "This has been something very special indeed. I don't think any of us
will ever forget this evening." He paid tribute to his mother, ending his speech with the same words as Ozzy -
"God save the Queen".
Sir Paul McCartney then joked that he asked The Queen if they could play the show again next year and said that her
response was "Not in my garden".
The show's finale was an all star performance of "Hey Jude".
PART 4: INTERVIEW BY FREDRIK SKAVLAN IN OSLO FOR NRK TELEVISION, DEC. 10, 2001
Ex-Beatle Paul told Norwegian NRK television Monday that he held hands with Harrison for two hours on their last meeting
just a couple of weeks before he died.