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Paul McCartney-Ringo Starr historic reunion benefit concert for Transcendental Meditation inspires worldwide press reports
by Global Good News staff writer

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3 July 2010

The historic all-star 'Change Begins Within' concert 4 April 2009 at Radio City Music Hall, headlined by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and featuring many special guests, has inspired a tidal wave of global media reports. The sold-out concert was a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation's initiative to support one million at-risk school children around the world to learn Transcendental Meditation.

Members of the New York, entertainment industry, US, and world media attended a news conference announcing the concert on 3 April, either in person or via global webcast, and many also attended the concert.

News of the concert spread almost instantaneously around the world—so far over 1,000 news reports have appeared in many countries, in both traditional print and broadcast media, as well as articles, photos, and videos posted online.

In the days since the concert, Global Good News has featured news articles distributed by The Associated Press and Reuters, and reported on articles in other publications.

Following is a selection of US and worldwide news media that have reported on the concert so far:

United States
ABC News
Access Hollywood
New York Times
Rolling Stone
The New Yorker
Huffington Post
NBC Philadelphia and Los Angeles
New York Daily News
Washington Post
USA Today
Conde Nast Portfolio
Fox News: Bill O'Reilly's 'Pinheads & Patriots'
Vanity Fair
The Village Voice
Artisan News
Cityfile New York
Abilene Reporter-News
Arizona Republic
Denver Post
Des Moines Register
Miami Herald
Orlando Sentinel
Providence Journal
Star-Ledger (
The National Post
Sacramento Bee
Seattle Times
Star Phoenix
Winston-Salem Journal

Argentina Star

Daily Telegraph
The Australian
Sydney Morning Herald
Sky News Australia
Brisbane Times
Adelaide Advertiser
Ipswich Queensland Times

Bangladesh News

Vancouver Sun
The Canadian Press
Metro Canada - Vancouver, Toronto, Lethbridge, Calgary, Edmonton
Winnepeg Free Press

China Post


Newstrack India

Irish Independent

The Jerusalem Post

The Malaysian Insider
Malaysia Sun

New Zealand

Philippine Star
Cebu Daily News

South Africa
South Africa: The Good News


Turkish Press

United Kingdom
BBC News
The Daily Mail
The Guardian

Reprinted below is the Associated Press article published in Global Good News 6 April:

Paul McCartney and Ringo Star reunite on stage

NEW YORK (AP) - An all-star concert on meditation brought Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr together for their first performance together in seven years.

The reunion of McCartney and Starr, the surviving members of the Beatles, was the highlight of the ''Change Begins Within'' concert on Saturday night (April 4, 2009). The event was held at Radio City Music Hall to benefit the David Lynch Foundation, which aims to teacher at-risk youth meditation techniques.

''Ladies and gentlemen, Billy Shears,'' McCartney told the crowd, referring to the fictional character on the classic Beatles' album ''Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'' as Starr emerged and immediately launched into his part in the Beatles classic ''With a Little Help from my Friends.''

McCartney and Starr last performed together in 2002 at the concert for George, which honored former Beatle George Harrison at London's Royal Albert Hall a year after Harrison's death.

Saturday's concert, which also featured Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Donovan and others, ran for about four hours. But McCartney had thousand of fans on their feet as he hit the stage near the show's end. Opening with a spirited version of ''Drive My Car,'' he went through a generous selection of Beatles and Wings classics, from ''Can't Buy Me Love'' and ''Let It Be'' to ''Jet'' and ''Band on the Run.''

McCartney remembered John Lennon by playing ''Here today,'' a song he wrote for the former Beatle, slain in 1980.

For the encore, McCartney was joined on stage by Donovan, Crow, Mike Love (of the Beach Boys), Vedder, Paul Horn, and of course, Starr on drums. After an epic version of ''Cosmically Conscious,'' he launched into the crowd-pleasing ''I saw Her Standing There.''

Other key moments of the night included an energetic cover of Queen's ''Under Pressure'' by Vedder and Ben Harper, while Crow paid tribute to Harrison with a harmonious version of his ''My Sweet Lord.''

Between the music, the night's stars talked about the power of meditation to overcome problems. Howard Stern, who said he has meditated for 37 years, told the crowd that he credits meditation for saving his mother from depression.

He was follow by Starr's three-song set. Starr introduced the Beatles song ''Boys' by saying: ''I've been playing this next song longer than Howard Stern has meditated.'' ---

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