Like so many, Paul McCartney (photo) remembers exactly what he was doing on Sept. 11, 2001. He was in an airplane on the tarmac of New York’s JFK airport waiting to fly back to England after a short trip to the U.S. That takeoff was delayed and then canceled because of the terrorist attacks. McCartney ended up in Long Island watching events unfold on TV. “So while I was kind of sitting out there twiddling my thumbs thinking of what to do, was there any role I could play in this, the idea came to me that maybe we could do a concert. Maybe get something together,” McCartney says. “And that thing grew into a conversation with Harvey Weinstein, who said that MTV was putting one together and maybe we should all get together on that.” That concert has become the backdrop for Showtime’s “The Love We Make,” a documentary shot in black and white by Albert Maysles, Bradley Kaplan and Ian Markiewicz. It features McCartney in New York after the attacks as he prepares for a Madison Square Garden concert with Mick Jagger, Pete Townshend and The Who, Billy Joel and Elton John. “The whole mood of the world, the country of America, and particularly the city of New York, had changed. There was fear in the air and I never experienced that, particularly in New York. So this was where the idea of doing a show came about,” McCartney says. “There were a lot of British guys who flew in especially for it when that was a time when people weren’t flying. You know, so it gave a great message. It said to people in America, ‘Look, we don’t even live here, and we’re coming for you. So you guys who live here, you know, don’t worry about it.’”
NORTHEAST FLOOD Homes are seen reflected in surrounding floodwater from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee in New Cumberland, Pa., on Friday. Northern stretches of the Susquehanna River were receding after days of rainfall from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee flooded communities from Virginia to New York. Some of nearly 100,000 evacuees were allowed back home. The damage was concentrated along the Susquehanna in Binghamton, N.Y.; in towns up- and downriver from levee-protected Wilkes-Barre, Pa., where more than 70,000 people were told to evacuate; and downstream in Maryland.
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