Crowds go wild

Crowds in Brazil have gone wild as Sir Paul McCartney completes his first tour in the country for 21 years.

One of the most successful songwriters of all time, Sir Paul McCartney's music transcends age, gender and nationality. Capable of pulling crowds wherever he goes, the singer opted to return to South America as the summer season dawns.

Announcing his first shows in Brazil for 21 years, fans of all ages came out to see him. Playing Rio de Janeiro this week, Paul McCartney brought the city to a standstill after 90,000 fans turned out to see him.

Playing hits from across the decades, Paul McCartney mixed classics from The Beatles and Wings with his own solo material. Clearly in jubilant spirits, the singer seemed to really bond with the crowd who rejoiced in being to see their idol on Brazilian soil for the first time in over two decades.

Two concerts took place in the city, with Sunday night's show being broadcast on the internet to an audience of over 1.5 million.

"Being in Rio was fantastic from the minute we landed. The crowds around the hotel were bananas! They were just crazy and then it built and built until we did the shows. I love Brazil. I love the fact that they love music, it is a very musical nation."

"I love music, they love music, so it's a natural connection. The fans were of all ages at the shows. There was a huge young fanbase, which I love, and then there was their parents and even their grandparents, so it is s a great spread. The enthusiasm for my music was just mind blowing. So all of us in the band had a fantastic time and we thank the fans for making it all so exciting."

The high point of the set came when fans held up thousands of 'NA' signs during the climax of 'Hey Jude'. Overwhelmed, Paul McCartney said: "It was very emotional because the fans had gone to all that trouble. They could have just come to the show and watched it but they all communicated before hand to make the special moment happen."

"They connected with each other, then connected with us and the entire crew. Everyone felt connected. It was very exciting and emotional to see that people care so much."

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