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Paul McCartney sings in Mexico City tonight

Mexico is the Beatles' No. 1 fan 

When Paul McCartney sings in Mexico City tonight, he'll be fulfilling countless people's dreams to hear Beatles' songs live. The Beatles were blocked from playing in Mexico in 1965.

By Lauren Villagran, Correspondent / May 10, 2012




 The Beatles never played a single concert in Mexico. Yet Mexicans count themselves among the world’s most dedicated fans of the boys from Liverpool.

On Tuesday, McCartney played to 70,000 ecstatic fans who withstood a falling mist in Mexico City’s massive Azteca stadium.

Thursday night when Paul McCartney plays a free concert in Mexico City’s sprawling Zocalo plaza, he’ll be fulfilling the dream of countless Mexicans to hear some of their favorite songs live – and not just the generation that witnessed the British invasion firsthand but their children and their grandchildren.

It’s hard for a single day to go by in Mexico City without hearing a Beatles song or something of the solo work of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Stuck at a stoplight, the driver next door might have “Revolution” turned up full volume. At a restaurant, a musician might saunter up and play a strangely accented version of “Yesterday” or “Imagine.” “Something” might serve as background music at a grocery store.

Mexico holds the record for radio time dedicated to Beatles music at 12 hours weekly. Fans can listen to Universal radio’s “Club de Los Beatles” every morning during rush hour; the station also sponsors an actual fan club which claims 1 million card-carrying members.

The city said in a statement that it will admit 80,000 people to Thursday night’s show in the Zocalo and plans to install seven giant screens on adjacent streets to accommodate fans.

The Zocalo marks the center of what was once Tenochtitlan, the home of the Aztec empire. Vicente Fernandez holds the attendance record for a concert in the Zocalo at 170,000 spectators. It is expected that McCartney will blow past that.  The city began closing streets around the Zocalo earlier this week and authorities were expected to seal the plaza Wednesday night.

Published Thursday, May 10, 2012 11:46 AM by David Biondolillo


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