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From paulmccartney.com, April 25, 2013:
Five years almost to the day from his historic first concert in Quebec City, Paul is back. He’ll be playing the Plains of Abraham on July 23. Touched by the reception he got in 2008, in what was “a night to remember” for everyone who had the chance to be there, Paul quickly got behind the idea of bringing Quebec audiences his new production, “Out There”.
“We can say that Paul McCartney was thrilled to accept our invitation. With so many surveys showing that his 2008 concert was the high point of the celebrations marking the 400 years of Quebec, what better way to mark it’s fifth anniversary?” said Daniel Gélinas, General Manager of 3E event-experience-emotion, which is putting on this new show.
From Lac-Mégantic survivors invited to Paul McCartney Quebec show | CBC News, July 19, 2013:
Survivors of the disaster in Lac-Mégantic have been offered a brief moment of respite in the form of one of the world’s most famous musicians.
The promotional company behind the large-scale, outdoor Paul McCartney show that will take over Quebec City’s Plains of Abraham next week extended the invitation to the town’s mayor earlier this week.
On July 6, a runaway train derailed and exploded in the core of the town of 6,000, decimating the downtown and killing at least 42 people, the majority of them young adults who were at a bar near the tracks.
Another eight people are still unaccounted for. Several fundraising events have been set up to help the town with emergency relief and longer-term rebuilding projects. The provincial government has also pledged $60 million in funding.
The concert organizer said the idea behind the ticket offer was to give residents of the devastated town some time away from the stress they’ve experienced since the incident.
“We want to give them a break — a few hours of happiness that will allow them to not think about this tragedy that they’ve been immersed in for nearly two weeks,” Daniel Gélinas, chief executive of E3, which is promoting the show, said in a release.
Paul McCartney’s team were informed of the idea and quickly agreed, the company said.
E3 said the offer was also met with enthusiasm by municipal leaders in the town. Tickets will be distributed Sunday. […]
From Paul McCartney performs with special guests: Lac-Megantic survivors | CTV News, July 23, 2013:
QUEBEC — Paul McCartney paid tribute to victims of the Lac-Megantic tragedy Tuesday night, offering free concert tickets and dedicating a song to survivors at a concert.
The pop legend received his longest ovation of the concert on Quebec City’s historic Plains of Abraham upon playing “Let It Be.”
The song came with a special greeting from McCartney, delivered in French, to the people of Lac-Megantic.
About 1,000 people from the community had been given free tickets to the show, two weeks after a train disaster killed dozens of its residents.
“I would like to dedicate this song to the people of Lac-Megantic,” McCartney said in English, before continuing in French and adding, “I dedicate this song to you.”
The show began at dusk. As a DJ played a medley of Beatles covers, tens of thousands of people scrambled for spots offering the best vantage points from among the hills of the historic Plains of Abraham battlefield.
Hearing the music was a little more special for Caroline Tremblay than the average rock fan. Her husband was a big admirer of the former Beatle.
Tremblay’s husband, Guy Bolduc, was among the dozens killed when fireballs from an exploding train devastated Lac-Megantic’s downtown and engulfed the bar where he was performing.
“He adored Mr. McCartney,” Tremblay wrote in a moving letter to promoter 3 E Event, Experience, Emotion, which offered free tickets to the musician’s show for Lac-Megantic survivors.
“You have allowed my children and me to discover the musical universe of this great artist and (a chance to) bathe in music at a party surrounded by our friends.” […]
Good ‘morning’ #QuebecCity. I’ll see you beautiful people tonight #OutThere at the Plains of Abraham~ it’ll be a big treatBrian Ray – from Twitter
quebec was surreal, maybe the highest stage i’ve ever been on! now getting together with my LA band mates todd & matt. new songs to finish!Rusty Anderson – from Twitter
Last updated on January 30, 2021
Setlist for the soundcheck
Setlist for the concert