Sunday, April 11, 1999 Published at 00:15 GMT 01:15 UK
Paul McCartney leads Linda tribute
Sir Paul leads a celebrity ensemble
Sir Paul McCartney joined a host of pop stars on Saturday night to pay tribute to the life and works of his wife Linda at a special concert in London's Royal Albert Hall.
George Michael, The Pretenders, Elvis Costello and Tom Jones also appeared to celebrate the life of the photographer and dedicated animal welfare supporter.
"Some bunny rabbit's going to go: 'Hey, those guys rocked for us'," he said.
Sinead O'Connor, Des'ree and M People vocalist Heather Small also appeared, along with Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, Neil Finn, Marianne Faithfull and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Sir Paul arrived on stage to tumultuous cheers from the 5,000-strong audience, as a chorus of famous names joined him in a rendition of The Beatles' Let It Be.
'There was a power'
It was his first public performance since his wife died and only his second in two years. He also played one of the couple's favourite songs, Ricky Nelson's Lonesome Town, and his 1963 hit All My Loving.
His voice cracked with emotion as he told the audience: "She's with us, she's loving it."
He said fans' expressions of support had convinced him to attend.
"We could see there was a power," he said.
The evening was organised by Linda's friends Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, director Kevin Godley and scriptwriter Carla Lane to "reflect something of Linda's personality and her upbeat sense of humour".
Chrissie Hynde, herself an enthusiastic animal rights campaigner, told the crowd to "go veggie".
George Michael, playing his first live concert for nearly three years, said he was supporting the event because "my mother lost the same fight, the same battle that Linda lost" against breast cancer.
The show will be broadcast on BBC One on Sunday.
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