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2002-Apr-26: Sir Paul Getting Ready to Rock Madison Square Garden

Updated.  This evening, Sir Paul returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time since his emotional tribute to the victims of the September 11 attack on New York City.  This time, the tone of the concert will be different.  As Sir Paul told the New York Post:
"This tour is pure fun. We are pacing it the way I like it ... it really feels like a party to me."
Will Sir Paul be getting married on June 6?
"Is that the date? ... I'm not saying anything. We'd like this to be as private as possible, so we could get wed with a bit of privacy. But I can tell you this: We are getting married, and it will be sometime this summer."
Has he chosen a best man?
"Yes I have, I've done all the stuff a groom is supposed to do when he gets married. You've got to, you know."
But, again, he wouldn't say who the best man will be.  Is he nervous about getting married again?
I'm not nervous, not really. I'm coping quite well with it. It's all right. I'm enjoying myself, and I'm excited by it because Heather is a great girl, you know, very lovely."
Is it true that Heather and Stella do not get along?
"False."
Is Stella designing Heather's dress?
"Quite definitely no. People have been naturally rumoring that, and the answer is no.  Heather has a designer and ideas of her own. You know, I'm not really supposed to know anything about the dress, according to ancient superstition. I haven't seen it, but Stella isn't designing it."
Sir Paul then spoke about performing for Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace this summer.  It is true that she's a pretty nice girl and that he loves her a lot?
"We've been asked to play for her. It should be fun ... Yeah, I wrote a song to that effect. She and the late Queen Mother are the most loved people in England. You can't say that about everybody in the royal family these days. I like the Queen,  she's great, but she doesn't have a lot to say."
With his 60th birthday approaching, would When I'm 64 be a different song if he wrote it today?
"First I'd call it When I'm 98. The perspective has definitely changed. I don't really know why I chose that year and luckily I'm not losing my hair - touch wood. It was a nice little song. I'll have to sing it on my birthday, won't I?"
How old was he when he wrote it?
"Oh, young 20s. Then 64 seemed like such a long way off, I guess. I thought it was the age when you were really old. It's really quite scandalous, but I feel great, amazingly good. Like I said, I touch wood, thank the Lord for making it all possible and here I am, on tour, feeling good. I'm very lucky."
Will the tour continue throughout the summer?
"I think so. We're starting to talk about that now. I was hanging out with the guys in the band yesterday, and we were saying we don't want it to end just yet."
After being off the road for nine years, why did he decide to tour again.
"After I recorded Driving Rain last year, I realized after playing with a band again how I love playing music ... I think you have to do things for yourself. You have to want to do it. And I did. The joy of playing with the band is my main kick. It's also nice that the audience seems to enjoy it. It really feels like a party to me.

"When people ask, 'Paul, do you have any unfulfilled ambitions?,' I don't. There isn't this list of things that I have to do. When an idea occurs to me, I usually do it."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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