Paul McCartney says he is rushing out a second charity single to raise money for New York's emergency workers affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. His new song, "Freedom," which was well receiv
Paul McCartney says he is rushing out a second charity single to raise money for New York's emergency workers affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. His new song, "Freedom," which was well received when McCartney played it at the Concert for New York City last month, will go on sale in the U.K. on Monday (Nov. 5) by EMI -- a week after fellow charity single "From a Lover to a Friend" -- and a week later in the U.S. via Capitol.
McCartney, who was in New York on the day of the attacks and witnessed some of the devastation, wrote "Freedom" at the suggestion of his fiancee, Heather Mills. He said today that the positive response after he played "Freedom" at the Oct. 20 tribute concert "caused a whole new ball game."
"We hadn't reckoned on this demand for 'Freedom' but as that's what people want we're getting it out fast to try to raise money for the firefighters and police of New York," he said. "It is rather unusual to have two charity singles out within seven days of each other, but I think it is appropriate at this time because we all demand freedom."
Proceeds from both singles will go to a fund set up by the Robin Hood Foundation, which benefits victims' families and the New York firefighters and police. As reported yesterday, the Concert for New York has so far raised more than $30 million for the fund.
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