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This concert in Belo Horizonte was the first concert of the new “Out There” tour. A dress rehearsal had been organized the day before.
From paulmccartney.com, March 26, 2013:
Following the announcements that music’s leading man will play at Warsaw’s National Stadium (his first ever show in Poland), Verona’s Roman Ampitheatre and Vienna’s Happel Stadium this June, today it is announced that in May he will take the tour to Brazil. He will be playing in Belo Horizonte, Goiania and Fortaleza – his first time playing in all three cities.
Paul will very much be looking forward to returning to Brazil after the warm welcome he has received there in recent years on his ‘Up and Coming’ and ‘On The Run’ tours, where fans lined the streets and Macca mania was in full effect.
Brazilian audiences are incredible so that’s why we keep coming back. All of the shows this week were fantastic. We started the tour in Belo Horizonte because they asked us to come. They’d made a petition, so it wasn’t like an ordinary gig because we’d been asked there by the people. That’s the kind of thing I listen to. If that many people want us and we’ve never been there and my promoter knows how to get us there then we’ll show up.From For Whom The Bell Tells, May 17, 2013
From paulmccartney.com, May 5, 2013:
Last night, Saturday 4th May, Paul thrilled a sold out audience of 55,000 people in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The show at the massive Estadio Mineirao marked the opening of his all new “Out There” tour, which will travel across six countries in the coming months.
The show opened with Eight Days A Week, which Paul had previously only played live once with The Beatles in 1965. The setlist included many more treats for the fans with the first live performances of Beatles classics Your Mother Should Know, Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!, Lovely Rita and All Together Now. Paul also performed his solo classic Another Day for the first time since 1993. Wings favourites Listen To What The Man Said and Hi, Hi, Hi were also added to the setlist having never been performed at a Paul McCartney solo show before. We Can Work It Out was also added back into the setlist, Paul last performed it at the Glastonbury Festival in 2004.
The show was packed with Paul’s biggest hits spanning his career that have become firm live favourites in his shows including Band on the Run, Hey Jude, Live and Let Die,Yesterday and Let It Be.
From For Whom The Bell Tells, May 17, 2013:
“Watching Paul McCartney is one thing, watching him live in our hometown is another. An air of wonder was mixed with disbelief on Saturday that this was actually happening. He was here and not only did he do what was expected of him, he surpassed it. The lights, the giant screens, the special effects, a collection of classics – all part of the package of the greatest ever living artist.”
Estado De Minas – 5th May, 2013
Each time we come to Brazil I’m still staggered by the reaction. It’s so exciting, such a buzz to be around. From the moment the plane touches down, the Macca fever is tangible. First stop of the all new “Out There” tour is the city of Belo Horizonte (Beautiful Horizon) and these guys are ready to greet their hero in style and give him a huge reception as warm as the weather over here.
Huge billboards welcoming Paul are spread across the city. Paul’s face adorns the covers of newspapers and magazines. His songs can be heard in the shops and bars. Fans line the streets in and around Paul’s hotel, in many cases holding up their own specially created banners. Flicking through the local radio channels on my laptop, the shows are full of chat about Paul too. I don’t actually speak Portuguese but I do recognise my boss’s name and his music!
I know I’ve written countless times on this blog about the South American mania but it’s always more thrilling than I remember. The city of BH actually feels like some kind of Macca theme park and as a music fan I can tell you that it’s a pretty cool thing.
The hotel lobby is full of fans. Fans who have travelled hundreds of miles from all around the country as well as neighbouring South American countries. The night before Paul’s arrival they had their guitars out playing songs with everyone singing along including people from what seemed to be some kind of huge scientific convention the hotel was hosting. It was fun to watch – the cool young hipsters playing the songs, with the professional grey suits joining in – the words ‘chalk and cheese’ spring to mind but it all worked and everyone had a great night.
Meanwhile across town at the Stadium itself fans had been camped out for a week waiting for the gates to open so they can get the best possible spot to watch the show from. Spirits are high as their friends bring them food and wait in their place as they take much needed toilet breaks. Our very own news team Charlie (video) and MJ (pictures) visited the guys at 6am (yes 6am!) on the morning of the gig itself to capture the excitement and pandemonium. There Charlie met the girls who had started a petition in 2011 to get Paul to visit BH. The four girls, all in their twenties, were naturally over excited but at this stage they couldn’t know what was going to happen to them some 17 hours later when Paul brought them up on stage out of the audience to publicly acknowledge what they had done.
On the day of the show there was a real buzz in the air. Local radio station Radio Guarani got a surprise when Paul called in on his drive from the hotel to the stadium. In this interview you can hear the excitement of the fans as Paul’s car pulled up at the stadium.
When Paul arrived it was straight to work for him and the guys. They headed to the stage to soundcheck much to the huge delight of the 50,000 plus fans gathered outside the stadium waiting to get in. At this stage excitement regarding the setlist was peaking. In the newsroom the phone was ringing and emails were coming in from journalists and fans asking for the new setlist ahead of the show for many different and inventive reasons but we weren’t going to give it up! There was lots of speculation on social media too as fans were starting to piece bits together from what they thought they’d heard at rehearsals the night before.
Just minutes before showtime itself we managed to capture a dapper looking Paul in the corridor, on his way to find the band, for a quick Twitpic (which we also posted on Facebook) – which clocked up over 20,000 likes within hours! Then it was time for the months of speculation to be over. At around 9:20pm Paul walked out on stage to a deafening roar! It was mega! The TV crews I was with at the time were taken aback. “That doesn’t normally happen,” one of them told me. “I don’t think they can actually believe he’s here”.
For the fact lovers out there; The show opened with Eight Days A Week, which Paul had previously only played live once with The Beatles in 1965. The setlist included many more treats with the first live performances of Beatles classics Your Mother Should Know, Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!, Lovely Rita and All Together Now. Paul also performed his solo classic Another Day for the first time since 1993. Wings favourites Listen To What The Man Said and Hi, Hi, Hi were also added to the setlist having never been performed at a Paul McCartney solo show before. We Can Work It Out was also added back into the setlist – Paul last performed it at the Glastonbury Festival in 2004.
The brand new production, filling over 31 trucks worth of equipment, also saw spectacular lasers and lighting, huge pyrotechnics, state of the art video displays and a special riser that saw Paul raised up 20ft above the stage to perform Blackbird and Here Today acoustically on his own. During Hey Jude the audience held up homemade ‘Thank You’ signs, a surprise for Paul organised by fans on social network sites.
As mentioned earlier, in 2011 local fans had started their own petition on Facebook to get Paul to play in Belo Horizonte. After securing the endorsement of thousands of residents the petition was delivered to Paul’s London office. One of the fans, Adriana Mundo (28), who had supported the petition, said: “When we heard Paul was coming here we couldn’t actually believe it. It’s a dream come true for us. We’ve never had anything like this here before. It’s such an honour for our city.”
At the end of his show Paul got the girls up on stage from the audience who started the petition – Priscila Brito (27), Luisa Mattos (25), Camila Flores (25) and Cecilia Cury (21) – who were shocked by the recognition they received from their idol. Paul publicly thanked the girls and also signed Cecilia’s Beatles tattoo.
As fireworks towered over the stadium bringing the night’s celebrations to an end, a triumphant Paul jumped onto his tour bus to make his way back to the hotel for some well-earned rest.
From a Brazilian review, quoted on paulmccartney.com:
The opening of the ‘Out There’ tour in BH was an emotional evening. Paul’s show brought Beatle-mania as over 50,000 people turned out to see the music idol.
Paul’s audience was a meeting of different generations. His show moved everyone, including himself.
Watching Paul McCartney is one thing, watching him live in our hometown is another. An air of wonder was mixed with disbelief on Saturday that this was actually happening. He was here and not only did he do what was expected of him, he surpassed it. The lights, the giant screens, the special effects, a collection of classics – all part of the package of the greatest-ever living artist.
The stadium was full of happy faces. Parents hugged their children, bearded men danced arm-in-arm, lovers embraced – everyone was enjoying themselves. Children, teenagers, lovers, old, lonely – were all united and together now.
We had bought tickets to a rock show but we also got an overdose of the elixir of youth!
On May 4th, 2013, we heard Paul actually say “Uai” here in Belo Horizonte. None of us will forget this night. The night we saw a boy of 70 running, singing, jumping, smiling and talking to us all.
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Setlist for the soundcheck
Setlist for the concert