Following his MTV appearance, Sir Paul paid some surprise visits to two downtown Manhattan firehouses today, distributing 100 tickets worth $2,000 each for his Madison Square Garden concert. Sir Paul said:
"We found out that some of the guys here didn't have any tickets. This concert is happening to honor 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.' When we found out that some of the guys did not have tickets for the concert then we had to get down there - we wanted guys from each of the stations at the gig."''So Sir Paul and Heather headed off to ladder company 55 on Broome Street and ladder company six on Canal Street, both of which sit within blocks from the smoldering remains of the World Trade Center. The firemen were sitting and talking and drinking coffee when Sir Paul surprised them with his visit. They couldn't believe their eyes. These visits gave Sir Paul an opportunity to express his admiration to these men for their bravery. Later, Sir Paul said:
"My father was a fireman and I was a war baby. It reminded me of what my father did in the war. The heroism of the (New York) firemen hit me in particular. These people were going into the building when most people would have run away. It will be an honor to perform for them at the show tomorrow night.
"I was planning to do a concert of my own, but then I heard that there were a lot of other concerts, a lot of other efforts that were being mounted. Then a friend of mine persuaded me to do this one. So we all pooled our resources, and we're just going to do one big show. This is a show of strength in support of democracy. America is one of the world's greatest democracies and the attacks on September 11 were a threat to its freedom. We are doing this show to raise money for the victims of the attack and to make our stand against any who threaten our freedom."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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