Paul McCartney to Revisit 9/11 in New Documentary
Published Jul 20, 2011As if a Martin Scorsese-directed film about George Harrison wasn't enough, Beatles fans will soon have another documentary to feast their eyes upon: Showtime has announced that it will air a new Paul McCartney feature called The Love We Make.
The New York Times reports that the film will focus on Sir Paul's response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. That day, the legendary songwriter's plane was grounded on the tarmac in New York. He then spearheaded the Concert for New York City, which took place at Madison Square Garden on October 20 of that year.
McCartney said in a statement, "It was an honour to be able to help New York and America at that time in its history. There was a feeling of shock and fear in the air that I thought we could help alleviate with music. And the fact that so many people stepped up to join us made for a very uplifting evening for us all."
The film contains footage from that concert, plus appearances from big-name stars like David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Pete Townshend. You will see some of those folks in the concert clip embedded at the bottom of this page (alongside, uh, Sheryl Crow, Jim Carrey and Billy Crystal).
The film was directed by Bradley Kaplan and Albert Maysles. The latter co-directed the documentary The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit way back in 1964.
The Love We Make airs on Showtime on September 10 -- one day before the ten-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
In other Paul McCartney news, he's been rolling out reissues of his solo catalogue in addition to setting his sights on a pair of new albums. He's currently in the midst of a North American tour, and will play Montreal next week.