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McCartney to Do Super Bowl

Sir Paul to pay tribute to 9/11 victims

January 16, 2002 12:00 AM ET

Paul McCartney is the newest name on the list of stars that will perform live at Super Bowl XXXVI.

McCartney will enlist the help of 500 young people -- from all of the 180 countries that broadcast the game -- to perform "Freedom," a song he wrote to raise money for victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks. McCartney and an all-star cast of pop stars performed the song in October at "The Concert for New York" show.

"I was sitting on a plane at New York airport and watched it unfold through the windows," McCartney said of the terrorist attacks. "I am honored to add my voice to the message of tribute that this year's Super Bowl will carry."

Already confirmed for the event are Mary J. Blige and Marc Anthony, who will perform "America the Beautiful" together before the game, and Mariah Carey, who will follow with the national anthem. U2 will perform at halftime.

Super Bowl XXXVI will be held February 3rd in New Orleans, and televised on Fox.

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