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2002-Apr-27: A Happy Sir Paul Returns to New York City

Updated April 29.  During a press conference held before his New York city Madison Square Garden concert last evening, Sir Paul told reporters:
"I'm at a better point in my life than I've been in a while.  I have a new band, which I really like playing with. I realized how much I like playing music. I'm due to be married to a very lovely girl. So the combination of all those things has made me very happy.  With Linda's passing, we had some terrible times. So to come out of that long dark tunnel, it makes you much happier than when you were in it.

"I consider myself to be very lucky to be out here playing for the folks, particularly at this time of American history.  It's a very interesting time to be out doing an upbeat healing sort of show.  When Sept. 11 happened, we were on the runway at JFK Airport in New York. And we thought, this should be for New York.  It was a very special, emotional evening.  It was the first time that the firefighters, rescue workers and cops had a chance to smile, chill out and relax a bit. So that was the concert that got me back on the road."

Sir Paul also talked about his song Here Today which is dedicated to John Lennon:
"It's in my poetry book Blackbird Singing,  I've been reading it at some of my poetry readings. So I decided to reinstate the song.  I think a lot of the audience don't know the song so its kind of cool when they hear it for the first time. I'm rediscovering it myself. I hadn't sung it live ever until this tour. It's quite emotional - it's a reaffirmation of how much I love him."
Perhaps the best news of all was this promise from Sir Paul:
"I have this vision of me aged 90 being wheeled on and very slowly doing Yesterday.  I am getting towards the age of retirement, which is kind of embarrassing - but I have always said if people do not come to my show I will do it as a hobby. As long as I can do it, I am going to keep on rocking."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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