Paul McCartney Gives Survivors of Lac-Mégantic Train Disaster Free Tickets to His Quebec Show

Paul McCartney Gives Survivors of Lac-Mégantic Train Disaster Free Tickets to His Quebec Show
Following this month's devastating train derailment in Lac-Mégantic, QC — which took place in the early hours of the morning on July 6 — survivors of the tragedy have been invited to attend Paul McCartney's upcoming concert at Quebec City's Plains of Abraham on July 23.

The idea reportedly came from promoter E3, and McCartney's representatives quickly agreed.

"We want to give them [the people of Lac-Mégantic] a break — a few hours of happiness that will allow them to not think about this tragedy that they've been immersed in for nearly two weeks," E3's Daniel Gélinas said in a statement [via CBC].

Tickets will reportedly be distributed on Sunday (July 21), and local leaders are reportedly enthusiastic about the plan.

This gig is part of the onetime Beatle legend's "Out There" tour, which also includes upcoming stops in Winnipeg and Regina.

The trail derailment and subsequent explosions have killed at least 42, with eight more people still missing. According to the CBC, fundraising efforts are underway and the provincial government has pledged $60 million.