Sir Paul announced from London today that he will donate all proceeds from the sale of his latest single, From a Lover to a Friend, to help the families of the over 340 New York firefighters killed or missing as a result of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Sir Paul stated :"I witnessed the last moments of the World Trade Center twin towers. Out of the window of the plane I could see the towers smoking and in flames and, like everybody, I could not believe what was happening. As the airport was then closed, I stayed in New York for a week after the attack I was able to also witness the tremendous heroism that has come out of the city, including the bravery of the firefighters and police officers. I have great admiration for the courage those guys showed. I feel a connection with them because my father was a volunteer fireman in Liverpool during World War Two.The single will be released worldwide on October 29. The concert takes place on October 20 at Madison Square Garden in New York city.
"We're doing this big concert in New York to stand up for democracy, to honor the rescue workers and benefit the victims of the attacks and I hope that the sale of this new single will help to raise more funds for the firemen and their families.
"America is one of the greatest democracies on Earth, containing people from all races and religions and this attack on September 11th was a threat to that freedom. This is why we all need to stand up and be counted - that's why I'll be standing on stage at Madison Square Gardens with a bunch of mates in a show of solidarity."
New York's Mayor Rudolph W. Guiliani thanked the organizers of the concert in this statement today:"New Yorkers are united in our resolve to rebuild in the aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center. The spirit of our City is stronger than ever, and it has been bolstered by the extraordinary generosity of individuals throughout our City and across our nation. Now, the Robin Hood Foundation, VH1, Cablevision, Miramax and AOL are organizing 'The Concert For New York City' to benefit the families of the brave firefighters, policemen and many others who lost their lives. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I want to thank the entertainment industry for using their unique talents to aid our recovery effort. Together, we will rebuild our lives and our City."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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