Maaca wows London O2 crowd

Maaca wows London O2 crowd

Paul McCartney took London’s O2 by storm with a marathon set lasting almost three hours.

Last night’s festive spectacular was the ex-Beatle’s only UK gig of the year and it wowed the sell-out audience with flames, fireworks and bagpipe players as McCartney fired off one hit after another from his huge back catalogue.

He kicked off the show with a performance of 'Magical Mystery Tour', amid a colourful, psychedelic background.

During the course of the concert, McCartney paid tributes to his late wife Linda and his family, and Beatles bandmates George Harrison and John Lennon.

At one point he also led the crowd in a rendition of Lennon’s song 'Give Peace A Chance'.

Standout performances included 'Live And Let Die', during which the singer clutched his heart jokingly as flames and fireworks burst upwards from the stage.

During the second and final encore of the night McCartney performed 'Mull Of Kintyre', accompanied by a stage crammed with bagpipe players.

A poignant moment came when he sang 'Blackbird' solo on an acoustic guitar and told how it was inspired by America’s civil rights movement.

The singer showed boundless energy throughout the concert – asking the crowd when he came back on stage for his first encore: “You want to rock a bit more, do you?” before launching into Beatles classic 'Daytripper'.

He rounded off the show with a full-throttle rendition of 'Helter Skelter' before concluding with 'Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band' before a crowd who seemed reluctant to go home despite McCartney's telling them it was time for bed.

The huge Christmas bash would not have been complete without a rendition of Macca’s famous festive hit 'Wonderful Christmas Time' – and the star did not disappoint.

“Snow” cascaded from the ceiling as the crowd made their way out of the O2 arena.

The gig rounded off the singer’s first European tour for five years and marked the musician’s first public appearance at the venue.

It took place 46 years to the day since he played the first Beatles Christmas gig at the Liverpool Empire Theatre.

The Good Evening Europe dates follow a sell-out stadium tour of the United States this summer.

The star last played an arena show in London six and-a-half years ago.

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