THE Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney rediscovered his passion for songwriting after performing in New York City in aid of victims of September 11 (01).

The HEY JUDE star was considering turning his back on his illustrious career - but the response of people affected by the terrorist attacks to his music made McCartney realise he still has much to offer the world.

He says, "9/11 was really the beginning of it all. Before that I was wondering if I wanted to tour again, dabbling a bit, then 9/11 happened.

"It reawakened something in me. In one way it led to everything that has happened since, the tour of America, Live 8, all that."