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1997-Apr-23: VH1 Press Release

Paul McCartney's Town Hall Meeting to air live on VH1

McCartney will answer questions from fan in the audience and via Internet

One hour special followed by worldwide online chat

VH1 will broadcast live in the U.S., UK, Germany and on the Web Saturday, May 17 at 1 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. PT, 6 p.m. GMT.

VH1 to "Fly Fans on the Run" sweepstates winners to London for the event New York, NY, April 15, 1997 -- VH1 announced today an exclusive one-hour special, Paul McCartney's Town Hall Meeting. The broadcast, which will air live on VH1 in the U.S., UK and Germany, will be accompanied by a simultaneous live webcast on Saturday, May 17 at 1 p.m. ET/10a.m. PT and 6 p.m. (GMT). This will be the only U.S. event on behalf of the release of his upcoming album, "Flaming Pie," in which McCartney will participate. Paul McCartney will be answering questions from the audience and questions previously submitted by Internet users. The event will be followed by a one-hour, worldwide online chat, in the same question and answer format as the televised special, with the artist answering questions right off the Internet. VH1 Online (at http://www.vh1.com) is the exclusive source for the chat. The front end to the event will be provided by the VH1 Online and Capitol Records sites.

VH1 will support the live special with McCartney Week on the network May 12-17. Features programming includes the U.S. premiere of a new one-hour documentary on Paul McCartney, directed by Grammy Award winning Beatles Anthology filmmaker Geoff Wonfor. Wonfor will also be directing the VH1 special. The documentary chronicles the past two years of McCartney's life, the making of the new record, "Flaming Pie," and his recent knighthood. In addition, VH1 will air the concert films "Paul Is Live", "Wings Across the World" and additional acquisitions to be announced shortly.

VH1 Online will be supporting Paul McCartney's Town Hall Meeting with a series of promotions and exclusive events. In addition to providing information on the television and Internet specials, VH1 Online will premiere the first video/single, cybercast video clips and sneak previews of the new documentary. Through VH1's partnership with the online retailer Music Boulevard, website visitors will be able to purchase "Flaming Pie" before its release date. The Town Hall Meeting will be extensively promoted on the World Wide Web, America Online, and in cross-links with Capitol Records, McCartney's label.

VH1 has created a national and local sweepstakes called "Fans on the Run," which will run from April 21 to May 3. Contestants may enter by mail, phone or via VH1 Online. One national Grand Prize winner will win a trip for two to London aboard VH1's Magical Mystery Plane, spending money, a limo tour of "McCartney's London," front row seats to the Town Hall Meeting, McCartney memorabilia and a complete McCartney/Beatles multi-media library. One thousand First Prize winners will win "Flaming Pie" CDs. In addition, twenty local radio winners will win trips to London for the event and additional prizes including VH1 premiums and CDs.

[NOTE: Unfortunately, only US residents are eligable to enter the contest :-((((((((((. And there are even further restrictions.]


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