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2003-May-26: More About the Red Square Concert

The Moscow Times reports today that many of the people who attended Sir Paul's Moscow concert shed tears of happiness.  Here are some of the reactions from Sir Paul's Russian fans:
"There's no one higher than Paul McCartney, only God," said an office manager who had been a fan since her student days.
"This is my youth come back!  I never thought  I would be here in Moscow listening to him" said a middle-aged woman who danced  to the music during the concert.

"This hand shook Paul's.  I don't plan to wash it for several days," said a stunned fan.
Even Russian President Putin appeared to be a star struck fan.   During their meeting, he told Sir Paul how much the Russians loved the Beatles, even when their music was banned in the USSR
"It was very popular, more than popular. It was like a breath of fresh air, like a window on the outside world.  I'm sure a lot of people play and sing your songs. They like you a lot." 
During his concert, Sir Paul told his Russian audience:
"I hear a lot of you learned English through the Beatles. ... How proud does that make me feel."
And when the crowd went wild when he finished singing Back in the U.S.S.R. Sir Paul told the fans
"Finally we got to do that one here," he said after the song.
At the end of his concert, Sir Paul sang the song again.  The Russian Times thinks Sir Paul sang it especially for President Putin who had not arrived when Sir Paul sang it the first time.  During the encore, Sir Paul said that he was repeating it as a request from a special person. 

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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