Paul McCartney

Macca mania hit Peru yesterday as Paul arrived in the country for his first ever show there. He will perform at the Estadio Monumental in the capital city Lima tonight, Monday 9th May. Though the concert is Paul’s first live show this year, the Lima date is part of the ongoing Up & Coming Tour, which played to over 750,000 people last year alone.

Even before he set foot in the city, fans were feverishly anticipating his arrival and hundreds had been camping outside the stadium days earlier, in the hope of getting the best possible position at the front once the doors open later today.

When Paul landed in the city yesterday morning he was mobbed by thousands of fans at the airport. Fans, armed with their homemade banners, also lined the streets to catch a glimpse of their idol as he made his way to his hotel. Paul's car was followed by the local media who were reporting on his every single move. Scenes at the hotel were just as crazy with a huge Macca mad crowd chanting and singing for their hero.

The diehard fans were rewarded with an unexpected sneak preview of the show last night when Paul arrived at the stadium to soundcheck and rehearse. Delighted cheers went up outside as fans realised they were being treated to an early exclusive performance from the man himself.

"I'm already so excited about seeing Paul McCartney tonight, I have been camping out for three days now hoping to get right at the front,"  said one fan, Romina Diaz, 28 from Callao, Peru. "But to hear him rehearsing before the show has even started was a dream come true. I’ll remember it forever."

Away from the stadium, Macca fever has spread throughout the city itself as Lima gears up for tonight's big concert. Every bar and restaurant is blasting out McCartney tracks, the streets are filled with Macca memorabilia and banners and local TV and radio stations have been counting down to the show itself. As 50,000 fans from across Peru make their way to Lima before tonight’s historic concert, it seems Paul McCartney will receive a welcome he will never forget when he takes the stage this evening.

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