What were the Beatles and their family doing on September 11, 2001? Paul McCartney remembers that he was sitting on the tarmac in an airplane, ready to go back to London.
During his time in New York, Paul wrote the song "Freedom" It is now considered one of the worst songs written in response to 9-11, but at the time it touched a lot of people and gave them some hope. Paul went on to put together the Concert for New York and toured in 2002 because he felt like that was a way he could lift the spirits of Americans during such a difficult time.
I couldn't find what Ringo was doing on that day. Ringo does not like to talk about emotional things in public, and it wouldn't surprise me if he made a purposeful decision to remain silent about what he was doing that day.
Yoko Ono lives in New York and was at her home, The Dakota, that Tuesday. Here is what Yoko had to say,
9/11 affected me like it affected you. It was frightening. I was in New York and I was frightened. I thought of 3 things on September 11th: first was the second World War, second was the day of John’s passing – because it happened equally unexpectedly – and third were the people who lost their partner or a family member.
Yoko and Sean had a concert in New York that was televised in early October 2001 called "Come Together." I think the concert had been planned and scheduled before the events of September 11th happened. It was dedicated to the people of New York and raised money for the Robin Hood Foundation. I recall that Sean's version of "Julia" was emotional and Kevin Spacy singing "Mind Games" was the "huh?" moment of the concert.
I think George Harrison was in Switzerland receiving treatments for cancer in September of 2001. Sadly he would leave us in just a few more months....2001 was such a tragic year.