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2002-Dec-03: On the Road with Sir Paul

Today's Edmonton Journal published a story entitled "On the Road with Sir Paul" about 25 year old Jamie Thompson who was one of the concert's pre-show dancers who was on the road with Sir Paul for almost five months.

When Jamie told his mother that he was going to be part of the tour she told him,  "I have been in love with Paul McCartney since I was 16 years old."  "Oh, mom," he replied, "everybody's mother is in love with Paul McCartney."

Although Sir Paul and the band kept a certain distance from the rest of the crew, he made sure to visit backstage every few performances or so to make sure they were happy and doing well.  According to Jamie's mother:

"Jamie has a lot of respect for him.  He felt he was making an effort to be a good employer and take care of his people."
Jamie and the rest of the performers criss-crossed the U.S. in luxuriously appointed tour buses, Jan said, that came complete with TVs, DVDs and various other electronic gadgets, as well as fully stocked kitchen-ettes. Jamie even had the opportunity to chat with Sir Paul during one of the cast parties.  His mother reports:
"He just asked him how he was doing and what his plans were - just general conversation."
There are no souvenir pictures of this encounter, however.  Cast members were not allowed to take photos backstage.  Sir Paul would not even sign autographs of his for his employees after he learned that several of his signed photos had turned up on EBay.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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