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2001-Jun-15: New Song Debut

Paul at the Adopt-A-Minefield gala in Los Angeles, 14th June 2001. 
Photos kindly provided by Richard Glasband


Last evening at the first annual Adopt-A-Minefield black-tie gala held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire hotel in Los Angeles, Sir Paul performed Drive in the Rain, a new song which will appear on his new album due to be released in September.   This new up-beat song is said to have been inspired by a drive in the rain down the California cost in a rented Corvette last spring when he was in L.A. last spring working on the album.

Sir Paul's performance followed a  mini-set by his long-time friend, Paul Simon.  Wearing his trademark baseball cap and a white suit,  Simon sang his classic hits Bridge Over Troubled Water, Graceland, The Boy in the Bubble and Mrs. Robinson accompanied by a seven-piece band.

At the end of the Paul Simon set, emcee Jay Leno inquired, "Is the lad from Liverpool here yet?"  at which point Sir Paul removed his tuxedo jacket, and ran on to the stage to perform  Yesterday, The Long and Winding Road (accompanied by a four-piece band), and his new rocking tune Drive in the Rain.   The band then provided Sir Paul with what he joked was some  "very '60s, very beatnik stuff." - the musical background for his brief poetry reading .   The audience was deeply moved by his reading of his tribute poem to John Lennon, Jerk of All Jerks, after which he sang,  Let It Be.   Paul Simon then joined him on stage for a rollicking rendition of I've Just Seen a Face.
One guest reported that during this duet, "It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. Even the stars were holding up their mobile phones to let friends listen in."
 

Paul on stage, performing four songs


The event was a tremendous success raising close to $500,000  for Adopt-a-Minefield, part of the international campaign to eliminate land mines.  Landmine survivor and activist Radosav "Zika" Zivkovic, who lost his leg to a landmine in a rescue effort so save a fellow soldier, was presented with the first Adopt-a-Minefield Humanitarian Award.

Speaking to reporters on the issue of landmines, Sir Paul stated:

"My take on this is just very simple. I'm basically asking the people who are going to read your newspapers and who are watching the telecast to understand that land mines are a cowardly weapon. They leave the war behind when the soldiers go home and the people they destroy or the lives of the people they destroy are the civilians. Every 22 minutes, someone becomes a  victim of one of the millions of mines around the world. A third of them are  children. It's time we did something about it."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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