Paul McCartney

First ever concert to be broadcast live on the internet in Latin America

Brazil braced itself for a bout of Macca mania last night as Paul McCartney arrived in Rio de Janeiro for the next two dates on his ongoing Up & Coming Tour, which has already played to over 750, 000 people.

Twenty one years on from Paul’s last live show in Rio, fans have waited a long time to see their hero return to their home city and they will finally be rewarded this week with not one but two live dates on Sunday and Monday night at the Estadio Olimpico. The stadium, which was built in 2007 and has a capacity of nearly 50, 000, is the home of football club Botafogo and will be used to host the athletics competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics. It is the first time ever that this stadium is being used for a rock concert. Paul’s appearance there on Sunday night will be exactly six months and one day since his last show in Brazil.

Fans in the city certainly gave him a warm welcome on his return to Rio last night. Huge numbers of fans had gathered outside Paul’s hotel chanting his name and singing songs hours before he even arrived in Brazil. Hundreds more had camped outside the stadium itself, in what has become some what of a tradition in South America – the McCartney Village; originally started on Paul’s last trip to Brazil where he was welcomed by a massive group of fans who had formed a real community camped outside the venue in anticipation of seeing their idol. This tradition has continued through to this date in Rio, with all the camping fans hoping to get the best possible position at the front once the doors finally open ahead of the most hotly anticipated live date in town. Those out front were in for an early treat too when Paul visited the stadium to rehearse yesterday. Fans couldn’t believe their luck as they realised they could hear the man himself playing, long before the show itself was due to begin.


“I can’t believe I got to hear Paul rehearse!” said one fan, Ana Alencar, 26 from Angra dos Reis. “I’ve been camping outside for two days now so I get a good spot inside, and hearing him play before the concert has made it all worthwhile. I can’t wait for the show itself now!”

The whole city is now gearing up for tonight’s concert too. McCartney tracks can be heard all over Rio, playing in every bar and restaurant, while the streets are thronged with fans wearing Macca t-shirts on their way to the Estadio Olimpico. After twenty one years of waiting, they are guaranteed the night of their lives.


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