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Wings Over America
Wings Over America
(2013 Remaster)

2001-Oct-18: The Fireman Rushes In

Sir Paul has revealed yet another reason for feeling compelled to organize Saturday's "Concert for New York City" fund-raiser.  It was a request for New York's mayor, Rudy Giuliani.  Sir Paul said:
"I've been ordered back to work by the mayor and that's good enough for me.  

"It's a marathon, a bit of an epic.  The hope is to raise a lot of money and a few spirits. For me, it's a chance to stand up and be counted for democracy.  A blow of this magnitude against freedom is unacceptable. I wanted to put my feelings somewhere and help out.

"I personally think music plays a big part in the healing process. People find solace and comfort in music. It can be good for your soul. As a kid, I remember how listening to an Elvis Presley record would instantly get rid of a headache."

Sir Paul feels that the participation of so many of his fellow countrymen (Mick Jagger, Elton John, The Who, Eric Clapton and David Bowie) is a testament to the solidarity between the United States and Great Britain:
"We are allies, and this will prove it one more time.  The American government has been very sensible and measured in building a diplomatic and political alliance instead o rushing into something. Most of the world, including many Islamic nations, support this action."
With  5,000 firefighters in the audience at Madison Square Garden, Sir Paul anticipates that the concert will be a moving experience both for the performers and the audience.  "Just looking at them will be emotional,"Sir Paul said.  Their heroism has made him appreciate the bravery of his own father who served as a volunteer fireman during World War II:
 "It never really struck me before.  It was just me dad's job. But when the guys in New York were going into those buildings while everyone else was running away, I realized, gosh, my dad did that type of thing. Maybe it took this to awaken me. I felt so proud of him."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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