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2002-Jun-20: Some Monkey Business

The Sun reports today that while in Atlanta, Georgia during his recent Driving Rain tour, Sir Paul jammed with a very special group of musicians - a group of apes called bonobos.  Sir Paul's friend, Peter Gabriel, encouraged Sir Paul to pay a visit to Georgia State University's  Language Research Facility , a research facility specializing in the study of communication with primates.  Sir Paul, Heather and his band jammed with the bonobos, playing "Eleanor Rigby" and a tune Sir Paul wrote just for them.  Amazed at their skill, Sir Paul said:
"The fact that they could recognize and understand 800 words was pretty astounding and we found ourselves actually communicating with them easily.  We played some music - the male ape and I jammed a little and his sister joined in with us.  He played keyboards and she played drums. It was wild.  That morning the people at the center told the apes we were coming, played them some of my music and asked them if they would like to play.  The male had indicated that he would. The female wasn't sure because she had some cleaning up to do."
A friend of Sir Paul added:
"You could tell Paul was really fascinated by the whole thing. He loves animals so being able to play music with them was the ultimate thing.  He took his guitar in to the compound with him and they started jamming almost straight away."
The session was recorded on film so it is likely to appear on his Driving Rain Tour DVD or as part of his television special.

The article goes on to report that Sir Paul will start up his Driving Rain tour again in September in the United States.  This leg of the tour will also include concerts in Mexico, Japan and Great Britain.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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