Paul McCartney on Charleston Church shooting: ‘Pray for peace among people of different colours’

Former Beatle pays tribute to victims at a show in Delaware

Paul McCartney has discussed the recent Charleston Church shooting in the US.

Nine black civilians were killed by a young white man at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday (June 17). Dylann Roof, 21, has allegedly admitted to the crimes, with CNN reporting that he outlined his motives to police as the intention of starting a race war.

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Performing at Delaware’s Firefly Festival on Friday night (June 19), Billboard reports that the former Beatle introduced his song ‘The Long and Winding Road’ by paying tribute to the victims, saying: “Let’s take a moment to pray for peace and harmony amongst people of different colors in the world”.

Meanwhile, the likes of Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Nas and other music stars have also responded to the Charleston Church shooting via social media.

Alice Cooper has discussed an album he has made with guests including Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney. Cooper has recruited some of his most famous friends and recorded an album under the name Hollywood Vampires. Cooper has confirmed that the record features Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Johnny Depp and more.

On the subject of Paul McCartney, Cooper admits that it was hard to keep cool in the studio, but that the down to earth McCartney helped keep things normal.

“Paul’s a rocker man, you know. If he wasn’t in his band, he would be in a pub somewhere playing with a bunch of guys,” Cooper states.

“He just loves to play. You’ll look back and you’ll go ‘Jesus, that guy’s a Beatle’, he wasn’t a Beatle, he was the Beatle, you know, and wrote more songs than anybody, and never has gone back on what he believes, on what he does. You know, he’s just one of the guys. He was just one of the guys in the band. So now when I see him I go, ‘Vampire’. He goes, ‘I’m a Vampire’. But John was a Vampire. John Lennon was one of our nightly guys. He was there every night.”