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Paul McCartney Plans NYC Benefit Concert

Paul McCartney, whose father Jim McCartney was a volunteer fireman in Liverpool, England during World War II, will stage a benefit concert in New York in October to benefit firefighters. McCartney was in New York on Sept. 11 when the World Trade Center was attacked. "I was here in New York when the disaster happened," said Sir Paul. "I was actually on a plane, on the tarmac, when the pilot said it'd all been closed down. I've been here in New York ever since and, in a way, I was pleased to be here to witness all the heroism.

"At the time of the disaster I was flying home in order to plan a concert that I was going to do in Russia, in Red Square in October," he said. "But that doesn't seem appropriate now, so I've postponed that.

"But what I am going to do is to do a concert here in New York within the next month to benefit all the firemen. I also have a connection there, because my father was a fireman in Liverpool during World War II. Anyway, we are looking at venues in New York now to do this benefit concert next month.

"I'd also just like to take a second to say to all the people of New York – God bless everyone and good luck to us all and thanks to all of the heroes and heroines who've been helping with the situation."