The story behind the DVD

On Thursday, 18 May 1989, André Vermeulen called his friend and ex-colleague Johan Ral to ask if he would come along the following Monday to Hilversum, The Netherlands, where he was going to interview Paul McCartney for the TV-news of the VRT, the Flemish Public Radio and Television network. McCartney was coming to the Concordia TV Studios to participate in Veronica's Countdown , then hosted by Wessel van Diepen, to promote Flowers In The Dirt and the latest single taken from it, My Brave Face .

During the Countdown show, which was broadcast on 24 May 1989, Paul McCartney and his band performed some live improvisations and mimed to the songs How Many People and My Brave Face .

At the time, Johan was working for Kredietbank (now called KBC), in charge of Internal and External Communication. He decided he'd go along and try to persuade Sir Paul to dedicate the sleeve of the CD single to an auction in favour of Kom Op Tegen Kanker , a cancer research project that was sponsored by both the VRT and Kredietbank, which he kindly agreed to do so in the end.

What you see on this DVD is the result of these encounters - uncut.

With André Vermeulen, Sir Paul speaks about his "Russian Album", Glasnost and talking to Russian fans on the BBC World Service, as well as his upcoming world tour, Flowers In The Dirt and working with Elvis Costello. They also discuss the difference between being a Beatle in the sixties and being Paul McCartney in 1989, Yesterday, McCartney's greatest moments and disappointments, his film projects (announcing what would become Daumier's Law), his ambitions as a painter and his definition of "good music".

André Vermeulen's interview was broadcast the next day, on 23 May.

McCartney's promoting of Kom Op Tegen Kanker was used in the Kom Op Tegen Kanker Journaal on 23 and 24 May.

The short discussion between Sir Paul and Johan Ral on why McCartney changed the lyrics to Here, There And Everywhere for the Give My Regards To Broad Street movie and CD, even leaving out a whole verse (!), has been unseen footage until this day.