Sir Paul sings tribute to Harrison
LIVERPOOL, England -- Sir Paul McCartney performed "Yesterday" in memory of his former band mate George Harrison at a tribute concert in The Beatles' hometown.
McCartney took to the stage at the end of Sunday night's show and dedicated his a cappella version of the hit to the man he called "my baby brother."
"I thought I should just come on and say how much George would have loved this," McCartney told the cheering crowd of 2,300 at the Empire Theatre.
McCartney altered the lyrics slightly in Harrison's memory, singing: "Why he had to go, he would not say."
The concert, which will benefit cancer charities, was held on the day Harrison celebrated as his birthday -- which records show as falling on February 25. Harrison, who died of cancer on November 29, would have been 59.
Beatles' contemporaries Gerry and the Pacemakers and other Liverpool musicians also performed.
Before the show, McCartney recalled meeting Harrison as a teenager while riding the bus to school.
"We go way back," McCartney said. "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," he added.
After the show, McCartney added: "It's been a very emotional evening."
The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool was to unveil a tribute wall to Harrison on Monday and plans talks on a "fitting and more permanent form of tribute."
Liverpool Lord Mayor Gerry Scott said Harrison was "one of the great Liverpudlians."
"He was a special individual who cared about the world and his fellow man," Scott said. "He will be missed by everyone in his home city and this is a lovely -- and very personal -- way for people to share their memories of him."
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