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From paulmccartney.com, October 14, 2013:
Paul will be signing copies of his ‘NEW’ album at HMV’s recently re-opened flagship store – 363 Oxford Street – on Friday 18th October at 3pm.
60 tickets guaranteeing access to the signing will be made available in the coming days as competition prizes via Paul’s Twitter page, HMV’s social media pages and competitions in the media. Fans attending the signing will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Saturday 28th September saw HMV open its doors to the public once again at its original home of 363 Oxford Street, London. The store originally opened in 1921 and was relocated in 2000 to the other side of Oxford Street.
HMV’s Chairman, Paul McGowan, commented: “We’re truly honoured to welcome Paul McCartney back to HMV 363 Oxford Street. It sends a clear signal across the world that HMV is truly back in its rightful place as the home of entertainment.”
Fans queued from the small hours on Friday 18th October for a chance to meet Paul McCartney in the flesh at our homecoming event, completing the move of hmv’s flagship London store back to its original location at 363 Oxford Street. There were emotional scenes from some of the dedicated fans, many of who had travelled from overseas. A handful event pitched a tent for the overnight wait!
Lucky winners of our twitter competition got to meet Sir Paul as he kindly agreed to sign autographs for those who managed to grab themselves a wristband. The winners correctly named the song ‘Cut Me Some Slack’ from McCartney’s recent collaboration with ex-Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, produced for Grohl’s Sound City documentary.
Macca thanked the fans for waiting after a busy day for the former Beatle, which also took in a surprise performance in London’s Covent Garden, witnessed by around 2,000 people.
From NME, October 18, 2013:
Many fans burst into tears in the queue, while several more began crying with joy after meeting McCartney. The Beatles icon chatted patiently with each fan, signing for a total of 50 minutes. He told NME on Thursday that he was looking forward to his appearance as a chance to meet “real fans” rather than professional autograph collectors, who he dubbed “bounty hunters”.
Before signing, he announced: “We’ll have to cut this off after a certain time”, bursting into a verse of opera song ‘O Sole Mio’. First in the queue was Alan Harrington, invited by HMV as he had been the last customer at the HMV store when it closed in 2000. The chain’s flagship branch reopened last month. Harrington said: “I was invited by HMV, as I’ve been a Beatles fan since I was 11 in 1962. I’ve met Paul a few times, and he’s always a real gentleman.”
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