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2002-Feb-24: Sir Paul Joins Liverpool's Tribute to George Harrison

Today would have been George Harrison's 59th birthday.  This evening, Sir Paul paid tribute to his friend at a benefit concert staged in George's honor (see February 5) in their home town of Liverpool.  Before the concert, Sir Paul said:
 "It is always lovely to come back to my home town. I have so many memories -- and of course a lot of them are of George.  We go way back. We both used to live in Speke and he used to get on the bus one stop after me. We used to have a half an hour on the bus to talk about guitars and music and stuff like that."
All 2,300 seats for the concert at Liverpool's Empire Theater sold out in just a few hours (even though Sir Paul's appearance had not been announced).

Sir Paul, dressed in black, received a standing ovation when he walked on stage.  He told the cheering crowd:

"I thought I should just come on and say how much George would have loved this.  George and I used to come here as boys and listen to Cliff Richard and the Shadows."
Sir Paul then performed a moving a cappella rendition of Yesterday in memory of his dear friend.

Afterward, Sir Paul remarked:

"It's been a very emotional evening.  He was a lovely bloke. He gave a lot to the world -- his music and his spirituality. He was always a very strong man. I think he would be delighted with this."
Sir Paul was accompanied to the concert by his fiancée, Heather Mills, and his brother, Mike McCartney.  Proceeds from the concert will be donated to cancer charities.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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