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Paul McCartney Trying To Save Hometown Arts Venue

by Shawn Christ   Oct 10, 2014 08:52 AM EDT

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Paul McCartney has lent his support to a local arts venue in his native Liverpool.

Members and supporters of St. Luke's Church, aka "The Bomb-Out Church," raised more than $32,000 through a crowdfunding campaign to keep the location up and running before McCartney got involved, NME reports. "The people of Liverpool should do everything possible to keep this venue open for the use of the people and run by the people," McCartney wrote on his website. "It is a place that is regularly staffed by students from LIPA and every-day people of all ages, religions and backgrounds. It would be a terrible shame if we lost this cultural icon."

John Lennon's wife, Yoko Ono, has also offered her support of the venue, which has seen some renovations in the past seven years. "It means the world for us to have the support of this international legend," the venue's curator, Ambrose Reynolds, said. "The tremendous support we have received from the public means that we can continue to open the city centre ruined church for music, theatre, art exhibitions and outdoor movie screenings."

In other Beatle news, George Harrison's home is expected to go for $161,000 at auction later this month. Also, a signed copy of the group's debut album Please Please Me sold for $36,000 on eBay. 

McCartney's 16th solo album, New, was released a year ago, and the artist is currently on the road making up some rescheduled gigs from the summer that he missed due to illness. Check out the dates below.

10/11: New Orleans, LA @ The Smoothie King Center
10/13: Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
10/15: Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
10/16: Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
10/25: Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
10/28: Louisville, KY @ Yum! Center
10/30: Greensboro, N.C. @ Greensboro Coliseum

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