Sir Paul McCartney Plays 3000th Concert

Published: 2004-06-22
"Imagine" "Yesterday" "Back in the USSR", fans of the Beatles were forbidden to listen to Sir Paul and his mates. Soviet officials banned the music of the Beatles for being a corrupting influence by the west. But Soviet youths could not "Let it Be" and the music of the Beatles became and still remains one of the most popular groups is Russia. On any given day pedestrians can pass one or more bands on the street playing the songs of the Beatles. Young men and women who do not speak English sing the songs of the Beatles with perfect clarity.

On Sunday (June 20) Sir Paul celebrated concert number 3,000 by playing his first ever concert in St. Petersburg, Russia. Some 50,000 fans packed the square outside The Hermitage to hear the rocker perform. Even Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin reportedly attended the concert. Ticket prices easily cost fans the equivalent of a months salary. The Russian train service even added an extra train from Moscow to St. Petersburg to accommodate fans.

The concert was held at the height of the famous Bela Noch (White Nights) when the sun doesn't set. Threatening skys and long lines waiting to go through metal detectors caused a delay in the start of the concert.

Writer: Sherrill Fulghum



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