McCartney attends Harrison tribute concert

Sir Paul McCartney has made a guest appearance at a tribute concert in honour of George Harrison.

Sir Paul McCartney has made a guest appearance at a tribute concert in honour of George Harrison.

Speaking before taking to the stage of Liverpool's Empire Theatre, Sir Paul said he would be sharing his memories of the guitarist.

Sir Paul, who was accompanied by fiancee Heather Mills, planned to dedicate a rendition of classic ballad Yesterday to Harrison who died of cancer last year.

The concert is expected to raise thousands of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Relief and other cancer charities, with performers giving their services for free.

The show, which attracted a 2,300-strong audience and was sold out within hours, also had the blessing of Harrison's widow Olivia and son Dhani who said they were "touched with the idea".

It was organised by Liverpool City Council, the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo, Macmillan, Radio City, The Cavern Club and BBC Radio Merseyside.

Sir Paul, who was joined by his brother Mike McCartney, said: "It is always lovely to come back to my home town. I have so many memories - and of course a lot of them are of George.

"We go way back. We both used to live in Speke and he used to get on the bus one stop after me. We used to have a half an hour on the bus to talk about guitars and music and stuff like that.

"He was a lovely bloke. He gave a lot to the world - his music and his spirituality. He was always a very strong man. I think he would be delighted with this," added Sir Paul.

Other artists performing at the tribute concert included Ralph McTell, Steve Harley and Pete Wylie while the second half was introduced by producer and Pop Idol judge Pete Waterman.

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