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2003-Mar-26: Bonsoir Paris!

For three hours last evening, Sir Paul entertained 15,000 fans (including wife, Heather, and friend, Sting) at the Palais Omnisport in Paris.  The concert started  half an hour late, delayed by the late arrival of many of the fans due to the traffic jams caused by crowds protesting the war in Iraq.  The show opened with performance artists (including flamenco dancers, a Buddah, and a muscleman with dumbbells) dancing to a recording of  Sir Paul's Fireman music. 

Then Sir Paul appeared on stage dressed in baggy jeans, a red sweatshirt and a black Nehru jacket.  He greeted his French audience saying, "Bonsoir Paris!  We have come to rock you tonight".  He also promised to try to speak French "un petit peu" (a little bit) .  He later used his French to dedicate his song My Loving Flame to Heather saying it was "Pour ma femme extraordinaire.  Heather this one's for you."

Sir Paul played a total of 35 songs for the Paris audience, who added a song of their own to the set list.  As Sir Paul finished his tribute song to John Lennon, Here Today, the audience broke into a spontaneous rendition of Give Peace a Chance .  Sir Paul is said to have been visibly surprised.  He smiled, nodded his agreement, gave a peace sign and joined in the singing of the chorus.  

For his encore, Sir Paul draped himself in the French tricolor and was given a standing ovation.

His next stop: Barcelona, Spain.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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