|Beatles in Manchester in 1964 for a TV show|
|Beatles concert Manchester 1965|
|Wings backstage in Manchester in 1975|
|Paul and Linda backstage in Manchester during the 1979 Wings UK tour|
|Paul plays Manchester in 2011|
|Ringo in Manchester in 2011|
Words escape me in regards to the terrible tragedy that unfolded tonight in Manchester, England at the Ariana Grande concert. As music lovers, we go to concerts to have a fun time and have a temporary escape from the real world. Some of the most fun I have had and some of the best memories of my life have been at concerts. The fans that went to that show tonight should have had a good night and gone home. But 19 people won't be going home and others are in hospitals.
The scary thing is that it could have been any of us. A terrorist (and to me anyone who intends on killing people is a terrorist) can go to any concert, even a Paul McCartney concert, and do the unthinkable. Is this going to stop us from going? I sure hope not. While you can't prevent a terrible event from happening, you can make sure that when you are in a large crowd that you are aware of your surroundings. Always locate your nearest exit and have a mental plan on how you will get out if need be before the show starts. Have a "if we get separated" plan with family and friends that you are attending with. And go with your gut feeling. If someone or something doesn't seem right, it most likely isn't and you need to tell someone in authority about it.
My tear-filled prayers go out to everyone that was at this concert. I pray for those who are injured and that they heal quickly. I pray for the family and friends of those who were murdered tonight and that they can find out the information quickly and have peace.
We need peace and love now more than ever.