Macca lifts London's World Cup gloom

Macca lifts London's World Cup gloom

Sir Paul McCartney closes Hard Rock Calling festival in style

By Matthew Drake, 28/06/2010

Sir Paul McCartney dodged a bum note last night as he rocked away the World Cup gloom in a three-hour marathon.

The Beatle hero lifted shattered spirits among 50,000 fans in London's sun-drenched Hyde Park - in a performance worthy of a national hero.
But the superstar turned down a cheeky fan's request to autograph their bottom after spotting the invitation on a placard.
Squinting into the huge crowd, he said: "We got one here that says 'Sign my butt and I'll get it tattooed'.

The answer to that is no."

And he was stunned by the sea of faces staring back as he took to the stage in Hyde Park as the sun began to set.

"I'm just going to take a second to drink this in - this is pretty cool," he told fans just two hours after the Three Lions defeat to old foes Germany.

Sir Paul, 68, played songs from throughout his career - including Beatle classics All My Loving and Long And Winding Road, and Wings hits such as Jet, Let 'Em In and My Love.

To a roaring crowd and giant pyrotechnics display of fireworks, he closed London's Hard Rock Calling festival - watched by comic David Walliams and his new bride Lara Stone.

Motown Legend Stevie Wonder - who turned 60 last month - played the festival on Saturday, performing Isn't She Lovely and Jay-Z's Empire State of Mind.

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