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Paul McCartney's World Exclusive Performance at PETA's Party Of The Century and Humanitarian Awards

September 18, 1999 VH-1 to Air Special

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Paul McCartney will headline PETA's Party of the Century and Humanitarian Awards on Saturday, September 18, 1999, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. This will be McCartney's only performance in conjunction with the release of the new album, ``Run Devil Run,'' on which McCartney performs songs that inspired the Beatles, including classics by Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry. McCartney's band for the event will include Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour and Deep Purple's Ian Paice.

The evening will also include additional musical performances by the B-52's, Sarah McLachlan, Chrissie Hynde, and others. Joining McCartney as cohosts for the evening are Alec Baldwin, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ellen DeGeneres, and Woody Harrelson.

DeGeneres and Margaret Cho will provide comedy bits about animals.

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) will honor individuals who have made the fight for animal rights one of the biggest social movements of the millennium. Richard Pryor, Alicia Silverstone, Bill Maher, Kathy Najimy, James Cromwell, Sheryl Lee, Todd Oldham, Steven Seagal, Magali Amadei, the B-52's, and Stella McCartney are among those who will be on hand to accept Humanitarian Awards.

Paul McCartney will present the first Linda McCartney Memorial award to Pamela Anderson Lee as a special tribute to his late wife, whose courageous efforts to save animals from abuse and suffering inspired so many. Lee's efforts include posing for PETA's first-ever Times Square billboard, entitled ``Give Fur the Cold Shoulder,'' asking fashion designers to abandon fur, urging South African President Thabo Mbeki to end his country's export of elephants, and meeting with Monaco's Prince Albert to promote a ban on exotic animals at the Monte Carlo Circus Festival.

The event, PETA's first television special, will air in the fall on VH-1. Behind the scenes will be producer Joel Gallen, whose credits include ``The VH-1 Fashion Awards'' and ``The MTV Movie Awards.''

At Paramount, guests will enjoy a vegan dinner, a musical block party, and an animal-friendly street fair on the studio's New York Street. Storefronts will boast the latest cruelty-free consumer products, from synthetic-leather shoes to humane mousetraps.

The party's primary sponsor, Paul Mitchell Professional Salon Products, is celebrating 20 years as a pioneer among companies that do not test products on animals. Other major corporate sponsors include Plantrageous Worldwide, Continental Airlines, Culinary Revolution, Creative Internet Group Ltd., the Hotel Inter-Continental Los Angeles, and St. Maarten Spirits, Ltd. Additional corporate support comes from Communications Corporation of America, Future Lighting, Gardenburger, Inc., LaserMedia, Inc., Message!Products, Names in the News, Pyro Spectaculars, Inc., and Triples Corporation.

A live Web cast of the entire event will be available at www.peta-online.org beginning at 6 p.m. on September 18.

For more information or to request media credentials to cover this event, call Andy Gelb at Bragman Nyman Cafarelli at (310) 274-7800.

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