Former Beatle Paul McCartney begins next Sunday in Uruguay his On the run tour of Latin America that ends next 8 May in Mexico City. Montevideo authorities have announced Sir Paul, in his first visit to Uruguay, will be declared ‘illustrious citizen’.
Paul’s only show in Montevideo will take place at the Centenario Stadium; the country largest and later includes presentations in Paraguay, Colombia, two Brazilian cities and finally Guadalajara and Mexico City.
Last month the city of Montevideo declared the show of “special interest” underlining the fact that the former Beatle performance will position the Uruguayan capital in the “cultural circuit of Latin America”, particularly since “the infrastructure support for such an event is one of the most demanding of the world”.
Details of Sir Paul’s trip and permanence in Uruguay as is normal with world stars, have not been disclosed but part of his committee is already in Montevideo and includes anywhere from 80 to 100 people.
The former Beatle, who next June will be 70, will be arriving in a private jet Saturday or early Sunday and could spend a night or two resting in a farm in the east of the country.
Since Tuesday tons of equipment plus support materials are being transformed into a gigantic six-story stage in the Centenario stadium.
An estimated 50.000 tickets with prices ranking from 50 to 800 dollars rapidly sold out in a couple of days, while Montevideo has been taken over by Beatle-mania in book and record stores, radio and music programs plus posters and objects recalling the whole group, John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Star and a baby faced Paul.
The repertoire includes classics from The Beatles and the main themes from McCartney, including his recent record Kisses on the Bottom.