Paul McCartney to Sing at the Super Bowl Leading Tribute to Everyday Heroes

Jan 16, 2002, 00:00 ET from National Football League

    NEW YORK, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- PAUL McCARTNEY will perform at Super
 Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans, LA on Sunday, Feb. 3, when he will lead a tribute
 to the spirit of everyday heroes, the NFL announced today.
     Paul has accepted a request to give a unique performance that will
 symbolize the theme of the game's celebration of the heroism that has followed
 the events of September 11th.
     As the climax to the pre-game show and immediately prior to the singing of
 the two traditional anthems 'America The Beautiful' and 'The Star-Spangled
 Banner,' Paul McCartney will perform a new anthem reflecting the spirit of
     "The Super Bowl will be a celebration of the human spirit," said NFL
 Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.  "We will salute those who have helped make us
 stronger since September 11 and recognize those who will make a difference in
 every community.  We are delighted that Paul McCartney has agreed to lead this
 tribute to freedom and everyday heroes."
     Paul McCartney's performance will involve 500 young people symbolically
 representing the 180 countries that will telecast the Super Bowl from the
 Louisiana Superdome.  The game -- typically the most-watched US television
 event of the year -- will be seen on FOX by 130 million viewers in America,
 and to 800 million viewers worldwide.  The pregame show, "FREEDOM" will be
 televised its entirety, a first in Super Bowl history.
     Said Paul McCartney: "As a sports fan, I am thrilled to have the
 opportunity to be involved in the Super Bowl, and as a musician, I am honored
 to add my voice to the message of tribute that this year's Super Bowl will
     For further information, please contact BRIAN McCARTHY of NFL,
 +1-212-450-2069; or STEVE BRENER of BRENER ZWIKEL ASSOCIATES, +1-818-344-6195,
 for NFL; or LOU D'ERMILIO, +1-212-556-2573, or DAN BELL, +1-212-556-2467, both
 of FOX SPORTS; or PAUL FREUNDLICH +1-212-373-6025, or GEOFF BAKER,
 44 1380 860 169, both for PAUL McCARTNEY.
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