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Paul McCartney's Charleston tribute: A moving performance in South Carolina

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Paul McCartney has performed the Beatles 1970 track “The Long and Winding Road” for many years as a solo artist, and at a performance in Columbia, South Carolina on Thursday night, he dedicated the song to the nine people murdered in Charleston’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last week.

“This next song we would like to dedicate to all the people in Charleston,” McCartney told the crowd before playing the song. “We show how solid we are with them after they’ve been through this tragedy. We pray that people of all colors will be able to live together in peace and harmony.”

McCartney had made a similar tribute at Firefly Music Festival last weekend, during which he also dedicated “The Long And Winding Road” to the people of Charleston. “We want to remember for one second why we’re all here,” he said. “It’s a terrible tragedy and we’re praying for peace and harmony amongst people of different colors.”

See fan-shot footage from the Columbia show

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