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Like everyone else, my family and I were shocked to hear the terrible news from Manchester. All that’s left to do is to send sympathy to the families of the victims and Ariana Grande. Praying that something like this never happens again. Love to everyone.
—  Paul McCartney, former member of The Beatles and solo artist, 3/23/17, 1:46 PM EST talking about the bombing at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester that killed 22 people and injured 59 more on 3/22/17.
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It was an idea I had, I think, when I was flying from L.A. to somewhere. I thought it would be nice to lose our identities, to submerge ourselves in the persona of a fake group. We would make up all the culture around it and collect all our heroes in one place. So I thought, A typical stupid-sounding name for a Dr. Hook’s Medicine Show and Traveling Circus kind of thing would be ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.’ Just a word game, really.”

—Paul McCartney, 1984