SIR PAUL McCARTNEY last night admitted he had not decided if he would be performing in the city during the 2008 Capital of Culture celebrations.
The former Beatle, who was tipped to open the Kings Dock arena, said he had been approached by the Culture Company.
But he confirmed no deal had so far been struck.
He said: "I haven't got any plans yet. I have just finished a tour in America and I normally lay low for a while afterwards.
"I have not got any plans. We will see, it is obviously very early days."
Sir Paul was in Liverpool with his wife Heather for a joint event celebrating the 10th anniversary of his fame school, the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) and the official launch of the Capital of Culture themed year for 2006, Liverpool Performs.
The couple, joined by the superstar's younger brother, Mike, watched a gala performance by students from the institute before joining them and city dignitaries including council chief executive Sir David Henshaw for drinks.
Sir Paul arrived at the celebration in the back of a Ford Fiesta. Apart from the driver, he was accompanied by two bodyguards. Heather drove ahead in a silver Mercedes CDI.
Later, Sir Paul told guests how proud he was of LIPA, which he founded along with principal Mark Featherstone-Witty, but said it was unlikely to ever produce a band like the Beatles or Coldplay.
He said: "We decided not to make that our aim. We have to give up on that, if it happens, great.
"If your going to be a member of Coldplay, or the Stones or U2 then that's a different ball game.
"When we started the school I was working with the Liverpool band The Christians on a charity record and they said to me that you couldn't teach what we did. I agree with that, a great band probably just comes about naturally.
"You look at how things are these days, you look at every programme on the television and it takes someone three weeks to train a person and they become stars.
"Liverpool to me is the city I was born in so obviously everything up to this point refers back to Liverpool.
"Whenever I come up here to LIPA I get a feeling of great pride. I am very proud of this school and what it did for me, it gave me a free education.
"Since we have been able to do LIPA we have managed to educate a lot of kids in performing arts who have then gone forward into the world.
"I get stopped on the street all around the world by people saying we have a LIPA student in our show and they are great.
"So for me Liverpool is a feeling of pride."
Among LIPA's graduates are MTV star Liam Lynch who had a Top Ten hit with United States of Whatever in 2002 and sound engineers Mike Crossey and James Lewis who worked with The Arctic Monkeys on their hit single I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor.
Sir Paul told how he first heard Liverpool had won the bid while he was in London but although he was thrilled, his wife Heather was not.
He added: "I heard it on the radio when I was driving through London and I was well-chuffed, it was something we had been looking for and hoping for.
"It was a race and quite tight. My wife comes from Newcastle and they were up there a bit, it was a family barney really."
LIPA started out with just 200 students and now has more than 1,200 a year.
Mr Featherstone-Witty said: "For Paul McCartney and myself this is a moment we could only but imagine ten years ago."
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