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2003-Jun-01: The Liverpool Concert

A gentle rain fell on the 35,000 who crowded into the open-air area specially built at Liverpool's Kings Dock for Sir Paul's home-coming concert. (There wasn't a venue large enough it Liverpool to accommodate Sir Paul's stage show, so he built one of his own which included  a 70 foot stage and 20 large state-of-the-art video screens.)   Hundreds of fans stood in line for hours for the opportunity to secure standing places at the front of the arena.   From the stage, Sir Paul (dressed in a light blue Nehru jacket, a red shirt, and jeans) told the home-town fans:
"To be on the banks of the Mersey with you lot is special.  Words can't express how I feel tonight.  It's great to be home. We have come here tonight to rock you."
Before the show, Sir Paul told the press:
 "This is the big one. This is the most emotional gig of the tour. Tonight I'm  bringing it back home. All the family will be there. Knowing the size of my family, it will take up half the crowd."
Also before the show, Sir Paul expressed concerns about performing Here Today in such an emotional atmosphere:
"I do get choked up when I sing that and I don't know how it is going to get to me singing that about John in Liverpool. I might have to take a deep breath and gulp. If I cry, that's OK."
Heather was seated in the pit directly in front of the stage.  Once again, he dedicated Your Loving Flame to her saying:
"I'd like to dedicate this next song to someone very special in the audience. As you might have heard we had some very good news recently"
Throughout the evening, Sir Paul mentioned many local Liverpool landmarks in his comments between songs.  Among the places mentioned were the flat in Gambier Terrace which John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe shared as students, Walton Hospital where  Sir Paul was born, and the McCartney family home in Forthlin Road, Allerton.  He also performed the song Maggie May, while picture of famous Liverpool locations appeared on the screens behind him.

And who was the lucky "audiant"  in the crowd?  (see May 31).  It was 19-year-old Laura Andrew from Bebbington.  It was she who received Sir Paul's gift of a Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet for being the two millionth fan to attend his concert on this tour.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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