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2001-Sep-04: "Hey, got to go to Venice"

Sir Paul and Heather Mills made an unexpected appearance today at the Venice Film Festival.  Sir Paul had been scheduled to attend the festival on Monday, but had to cancel at the last minute.  However, he did arrive, quite appropriately, on Tuesday for the showing of his 13 minute animated film Tuesday.   Sir Paul is the executive producer of the film as well as the composer of the film's score.  Tuesday is a little magical mystery film about the adventures of some small-town American frogs who fly across the United States on their lily pads to attend the "Late Night With David Letterman" television show. The film, featuring the voice and music of Paul McCartney, is dedicated to the memory of Linda McCartney.

Sir Paul and Heather were mobbed as they arrived at a photocall (in the driving rain with umbrella in hand) at the Festival center in the Venice Lido. Sir Paul serenaded the cheering crowd with a few bars Yellow Submarine as well as the classic Italian song Volare accompanying himself on air guitar with the help of his rolled-up umbrella.

This was Sir Paul's first visit to Venice in 20 years having been there once before with his band Wings.  Interviewed as he lounged in the famed Cipriani Hotel, which sits on its own island in a Venetian lagoon, Sir Paul recalled:

"We did come here in the '70s to do a concert to raise money to stop the city from sinking -- and it looks like we've saved it so far. I remember the city got quite upset with us then as one of our vans cracked a paving stone... It's such a pretty place, but unfortunately I do become a tourist attraction'' (Sir Paul and Heather had gone for a stroll in St. Mark's Square and soon realized that hundreds of tourists were filming him rather than the square with their video cameras.) "Luckily we're always doing good things when that happens.''
Although the primary purpose of his visit to Venice is to promote his film, Sir Paul also has another reason to visit the city:
"Oh yeah, it's a romantic outing as well. It's a romantic city, and now that Heather and I are engaged it was like, 'Hey, got to go to Venice'.''

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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