Paul McCartney will release "From a Lover to a Friend," the first single from his upcoming album, Driving Rain, on October 29th, with all proceeds from the song going towards the families of the New York City firemen and police officers who died in the September 11th terrorist attacks.
"I stayed in New York for a week after the attack and I was able to also witness the tremendous heroism that has come out of the city, including the bravery of the firefighters and police officers," McCartney said. "I have great admiration for the courage all of those guys showed."
McCartney, whose father was a London fireman, is also hosting an October 20th benefit concert with Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, the Who and others in New York City to raise money for victims of the tragedy.
As for Driving Rain, it will be McCartney's first recording of original material since 1997's Flaming Pie. The fifteen-track album was recorded with McCartney's three-piece band (guitarist Rusty Anderson, drummer Abe Loboriel Jr. and keyboardist Gabe Dixon) with McCartney handling bass duty. "One of the things that began when we were doing 1999's Run Devil Run was me remembering that I'm mainly the bass player," McCartney said. "Talking about the old way the Beatles used to record brought that track back to me. So although I've played a bit of guitar and stuff on the occasional track, I've basically been the bass player. That's my role. It's simple an satisfying; I sing and play bass."
Driving Rain is due November 13th.