The ex-Beatle is honoured as his US tour gets rave reviews...

Paul McCartney has been made an honorary detective by the NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT.

The former Beatles

received his honour backstage before his live return to Madison Square Garden in the city on Friday (April 26). Paul McCartney recently led an emotional tribute to the victims of September 11 at the famous arena.

During the show Paul McCartney saw the biggest cheer of the night reserved for ‘Here Today’, the song he wrote after John Lennon’s murder in New York in 1980. Speaking ahead of the show he revealed it was the song fans were reacting most to during his current tour.

“A lot of the audience do not know the song so it is kind of cool when they hear it for the first time,” he said. “I am rediscovering it myself. I had not sung it live until this tour. It is quite emotional. It is a reaffirmation of how much I love him.”

As with other dates on the 19-city ‘Driving USA’ tour, Paul McCartney played 21 Beatles

classics and dedicated tracks to his late wife Linda, and his other late bandmate George Harrison.

The tour, Paul McCartney‘s first in the US in almost a decade, is being called a phenomenon by observers. Critics in the American press have called it the tour of the year and described Paul McCartney as sounding at his best since Beatles’

split. Others have claimed he is helping America ‘heal’ in the wake of September 11, in much the same way as Beatles

did on their first US tour after the assassination of JFK in 1963.