Rio de Janeiro • Friday, April 20, 1990

ConcertBy Paul McCartney • Part of the The Paul McCartney World Tour
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From the “New World Tour” tour book, remembering the 1989/90 tour:

Being there just made me think politically. A lot of our contacts there were political rather than artistic, so all the time I was there the subjects on my mind were the Amazon rainforest being cut down, the Earth summit where they had banquets and tons of meat was served and Bush wouldn’t sign the agreement. That’s what Brazil brings back to me.

Linda McCartney

Brazilian fans do keep you waiting. Come the day of the first gig we’d sold not that many tickets and there was this amazing capacity to fill. I was a bit, Oh my God! Because that’s a pet worry of mine. Having been in The Beatles, you really don’t fancy the idea of staring at rows of empty seats. If I’m not selling out I’ll start to feel like some past-it actor. But I think it was because of the weather. There was a tropical rainstorm, black and thundering for the previous two days.

The morning before the gig I did a press conference to plug the gig and, particularly, to talk about Chico Mendes (assassinated campaigner for Brazilian workers’ rights) — there’s a track on Flowers In The Dirt called How Many People which I’d dedicated to him. So there was a bit of a ceremonial, a meeting with Friends of the Earth and the new leaders of the rubber tappers in the aftermath of Chico’s death. We got that on the TV news.

One of the journalists said, What are you going to do about the weather, Paul? I gave it a straight face and said, It will clear up. Which sent them off giggling while they wrote their notes.

Paul McCartney

It didn’t seem like the show was going to happen. The guys putting the scaffolding up for the stage were risking their lives while we sat in the restaurant on the top floor of the hotel watching this huge storm roll in forever.

Hamish Stuart

And that evening, when it had been pissing down all day, ten minutes before we went on it stopped. Like, hallelujah. Jammy git! We had a blinder of a show. It was frightening before we went on, the sheer size of it, but we were played in, and once we hit the stage we were all right, it’s your home, your own little box, your own environment.

Paul McCartney

Rio really did hit me emotionally. I think I was caught up in the mass hysteria of it and feeling sympathy for the audience because of the oppression and poverty they were suffering.

Robbie McIntosh
From Paul in Brazil – World Cup Special |

Last updated on February 6, 2021

Maracana Stadium

This was the 1st concert played at Maracana Stadium.

A total of 2 concerts have been played there • 1990Apr 20thApr 21st

Setlist for the soundcheck

The setlist for this soundcheck is incomplete, or we have not be able to confirm in an accurate way that this was the setlist. If you have any clue, pls let us know and leave a comment.


Mean Woman Blues

Written by Claude Demetrius

Album Available on Rio 1990


Improv "Welcome Everybody (To Rio By The Sea)"



Written by Carl Perkins

Album Available on Rio 1990


Just Because

Written by Bob Shelton, Joe Shelton, Sydney Robin

Album Available on Rio 1990



C Moon

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

Album Available on Rio 1990


Improv "Love Me Do"


The Hustle

Written by Van McCoy

Album Available on Rio 1990


Improv "Look At All The Lonely People"

Setlist for the concert









Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney


Hey Jude

Written by Lennon - McCartney





Written by Lennon - McCartney



Get Back

Written by Lennon - McCartney



The End

Written by Lennon - McCartney


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