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McCartney does not need over the top presentations, and just his presence would be enough for the 40,000 plus people at Allianz Park crowded (completely sold out) to revere him. Before the performance even began, right when the master of the party appeared on stage, the screen already displayed images of thousands of fans crying.Globo, Brazil
From UOL, March 28, 2019 (translated from Portuguese):
Paul McCartney started his farewell in São Paulo at 8:46 pm on Wednesday, 27. A show that would make him cry. It was Paul’s ninth trip to the Country that he visits most after the United States. His machine worked with several changes over the first night, on Tuesday, 26. Faced with a crowded Allianz Park, in its 40,000 seats, Paul opened with A Hard Day’s Night , causing a strong impact on his audience. They followed after Can’t Buy me Love, Letting Go and the new Who Cares. […]
And there he goes to the piano, his third station (the songs to the steel guitar and the guitar are the two faces), to do Let ‘Em In, of the Wings. Something made Paul really thrill at this point. He touched with tears, looking at his musicians tenderly and letting his voice fail with emotion. When he finished, he wiped his eyes before one of them fell, said that his wife Nancy Shevell was in the room and sang to her My Valentine. His voice was still choked. He just went to recover with the next song. Then came another one that was not on Tuesday, We Can Work It Out. […]
From For Whom The Bell Tells, May 28, 2019:
Wednesday 27th March – Allianz Parque, São Paulo, Brazil
It goes without saying that on the day of a big show, the concert is the main focus. But what many people might not realise is the sheer amount of non-performance related business that Paul has to deal with in the hours leading up to the show. And today is no different, with several important media commitments on his to-do list.
After soundcheck, Paul does a chat with weekly culture show ‘Fantastico’ for a piece to run a few days later, in which he talks about serenading his grandchildren with ‘Blackbird’ and the joy of getting to visit countries like Brazil. As part of the piece, he also gets to meet with 10 Brazilian competition winners, all delighted to have the chance to say hi to the man himself.
After he’s met the fans I follow Paul back to his dressing room. Outside Paul’s room there is always a queue of various team members who need to speak to him about one thing or another. Today Paul is dealing with production issues, PR enquiries, social media, travel plans, completing a translation session and finalising the setlist. And this carries on right up to an hour before the show, when we all finally try to leave him alone to prepare for the task of getting ready to rock out in front of tens of thousands of people.
Today I’m visiting his dressing room to get some approvals for various social media matters. These backstage moments are the times when I and the rest of the crew are lucky enough to see the real Paul, the private Paul. And, just like anyone else, he likes to watch TV – right now he’s been drawn into ‘Family Feud’. In fact, on this run of shows his TV viewing habits have been split between NBA games and ‘Family Feud’. Such normality from an iconic star might come as a surprise to some – but that’s the thing about Paul, he’s as cool offstage as he is onstage. Sorry to disappoint but there are no diva-demands backstage.
While I’m with him, he pulls out his iPhone and shows me some great footage of the police escort he got coming to the venue – and he AirDrops it to my phone so we can post in online. He’s very handy with his iPhone.
But what of the show? Following a great build up, including Mexican waves from the crowd, Paul hits the stage promptly at 8.45pm and repeats the magic of the previous night, a performance that had been described by O Estado as “dignified and elegant”. And while this time he opts to rest ‘Back In Brazil’, the party atmosphere is as infectious as ever, not least because it happens to be Wix’s birthday!
We’ve all had those moments at work: the boss wishes you happy birthday in front of your colleagues and, if you’re lucky, a cake is brought out. Well, tonight for Wix the experience is intensely magnified as, just like with Abe back in Buenos Aires, Paul wishes him a happy birthday in front of 50,000 people!
Oh, and if you’re wondering, Wix doesn’t go without cake! Later on that evening, at the post show party, Paul presents him with a special birthday cake, as the team cheer on.
Last updated on May 28, 2019
Setlist for the concert