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From For Whom The Bell Tells, May 17, 2013:
“It’s a lesson in showmanship to see how he constructs his show. Paul is the ultimate hero in rock ‘n’ roll. His visit has done wonders for the pride of the region.”
MSN – 10th May
The final show of any leg always feels emotional. What a week we’d had. What a week Paul had had. Brazil had, as ever, welcomed their hero with open arms and in return Paul had delivered with his performances.
The new production was going down a storm. The new additions to the set had also got themselves as much global publicity as Harold.
Paul was on the cover of the prestigious Brazilian magazine Alfa (their GQ), which all week I’d been trying to buy a copy of, only to be told in each shop they had just sold out. At one point someone managed to get a copy for me but I had put it down for two seconds and in that time someone else had helped themselves to it. Finally on the day of the final show I got a copy and I think it looks very cool indeed.
The venue, the Castelao Stadium, is brand new. A new stadium for the 2014 World Cup. And with newness there are often a few teething problems. The first being that the roads leading up to the stadium haven’t been finished yet! So you get to about 500 meters away from the stadium and the road stops! Whilst this was quite a sight it didn’t actually have any real impact on the show – just took slightly longer to get the 50,000 plus crowd into the venue, which meant they were even more up for it when they finally got their place in the stadium.
Just before 10pm Paul and the band were up and rocking. Another unforgettable evening. The fans really made it. During Hey Jude as a surprise for Paul the audience released yellow and green balloons into the air. It was a sight to behold. The surprises didn’t stop there. During the encore Paul spotted a sign in the audience that read, “Paul I want to propose to my love onstage. Would you bless us?” In another first, Paul was happy to oblige!
And with that an amazing week came to an end. […]
“A musician of excellence, he holds a nearly three-hour show without water or rest, with a repertoire of 38 songs, oozing charm and friendliness.”
“On an historic evening, Paul McCartney performed to thousands of delirious fans. Friendly and full of energy, McCartney greeted the city with local expressions. His visit was well worth the wait. All the sacrifices made by some of the fans to get to the show were worth it as they were rewarded with a once in a lifetime experience. This show made it possible for the younger generations in the audience to understand the euphoria of The Beatles all those years ago. McCartney has the gift to thrill and mesmerise huge audiences all over the world. Last night it was our turn. We’ll never forget.”
Last updated on February 6, 2021
This was the 1st and only concert played at Castelao Stadium.
Setlist for the soundcheck
Setlist for the concert