Following a short film that traced Sir Paul from a young boy to his recent performance at the Concert for New York City, Sir Paul ran across the football field, acoustic guitar in hand, through an entourage of screaming cheerleaders to join his band on stage. The band included his former keyboard player, Paul "Wix" Wickens, drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr., and Rusty Anderson on guitar. "Fantastic!" Sir Paul remarked. He then called out to the fans, "Everybody clap your hands for freedom!" as he launched into his Freedom anthem. As he sang, the cheerleaders used their glittering silver pompoms to spell out the word "freedom" across the field. Sir Paul was also surrounded on the field by 500 young men and women marching with flags representing the 180 countries who were viewing the game on television sets all over the world.
During the final chorus of Freedom, a backdrop of a giant hand-painted banner of the Statue of Liberty rose behind Sir Paul.
As he left the stage, Sir Paul called out, "America, we love you!" as the crowd chanted, "U.S.A.! U.S.A.!"
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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