HILLSBOROUGH families and campaigners united with musicians from across the city to hear the world premiere of He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother.
In an emotional event at St George’s Hall, Walton MP Steve Rotheram announced that Sir Paul McCartney had joined the Justice Collective to sing and play on the single, which is already tipped to become Christmas number one.
Mr Rotheram told the packed concert hall: “One of the city’s most famous sons has leant his voice, and his guitar, to join the fight for justice.”
The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Sharon Sullivan, pressed play on the track, which was put together by a team of more than 400 people in just six weeks.
Produced by legendary record mogul Guy Chambers, it features artists including Robbie Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Paloma Faith, Beverley Knight, Melanie C, Andy Brown, Holly Johnson, Mick Jones, Peter Hooton, Chris Sharrock from Oasis, Ian Prowse, Glen Tilbrook, Ren Harvieu, The Zutons, Paul Heaton from The Beautiful South, John Power and Gerry Marsden.
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Mr Rotheram said: “We need people to buy the song. Don’t just buy one copy – buy one to give as a present, buy more if you can.
“If my ma was still alive, there were eight of us and we’d all wake up on Christmas morning to find a copy in our stockings. Please, please buy it and show your support.”
Representatives of the families of the 96 victims attended to hear the track for the first time.