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2001-Oct-21: An incredible Paul ends Concert for NYC

The concert for New York City - it's been VERY touching and heartfelt. Have you made your donation yet? Way past the scheduled five hours, the nearly 30 minutes of Sir Paul performing were clearly the highlight of this concert - and definitely the highlight of Paul's performing career. I wonder what the critics will have to say - they oughta be speechless. Whoever said Paul can't do it anymore was proven wrong. The band and Paul, and especially Paul's voice - were in excellent shape. Even this webmaster had his doubts if Paul could manage to sing live so well. He just sang like a young Beatle! Paul reached the highest notes without any sign of his age. And the vocal range of his new composition Freedom is, to tell you the truth, just unbelievable! Has Paul ever performed so well before?

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I'm Down (Paul on bass & Band)
For me this came totally unexpectedly. This old Beatles song starts off acapella with very high vocal notes. No problem for Paul!

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  Lonely Road (Paul on bass & Band)

The opening track from Paul's new album. An excellent performance, even with just one guitarist.

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  From A Lover To A Friend (Paul at piano & Band)

The charity single. Paul opted to drop the "dreamy" voice (as on the upcoming CD) in favor for a as-good-as-possible voice. Well done, Paul!

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  Yesterday (just Paul at the microphone, and a string quartet)

Again this came unexpectedly. Paul just standing there, without any instrument, and he starts singing Yesterday - acapella - in absolute great voice! Later on the string quartet joins in, faithfully reproducing George Martin's original arrangement. This performance was very touching.

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  Freedom (Paul on ac-guitar & Band)

This is an absolutely new song (not on the upcoming album) which has been composed very shortly after the terrorist attack. As reported before, Paul sings about freedom and our right to defend it. It's a very very catchy tune which finds Paul at his best vocal performance ever!

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  Let It Be (Paul at piano, Band & All-stars joining in)

A nice, pro-longed performance with several guitar solos, the 2nd and 3rd performed by Eric Clapton. Unlike the 1985 "Live Aid" performance, this one was really good!

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  Freedom (Paul on ac-guitar, band & All-stars)

Encore performance: Paul does Freedom again, joined in during the chorus by the audience and the all-stars (most notably John Bongiovi). Again a really incredible vocal performance finding a Paul at ease with the highest and longest notes. Stunning!

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(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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