When Paul McCartney releases "From a Lover to a Friend" at the end of this month, he'll donate all proceeds to the families of firemen who died in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
"I have great admiration for the courage those guys showed," the former Beatle said in a statement. McCartney, whose father was a volunteer fireman in Liverpool, England, during World War II, was in New York at the time of the attacks and said he witnessed the "tremendous heroism" displayed by firefighters and police.
The singer had planned to stage a benefit show for firefighters but will instead perform October 20 at the Concert for New York, which will air live on VH1. The show's lineup includes Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Billy Joel and the Who, among others (see "Paul McCartney Joining Bon Jovi, Macy Gray For New York Benefit").
The piano-driven ballad "From a Lover to a Friend," which will be released October 29, will appear on McCartney's next album, Driving Rain, due November 13 (see "Guitars Blare On Paul McCartney's Driving Rain").