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NBC — McCartney Hits Concert Milestone In Russia

Music legend Paul McCartney has notched his 3,000th concert with a show in St. Petersburg, Russia. McCartney performed Sunday for an estimated crowd of 50,000 people. The concert was delayed almost 1½ hours because fans were in long lines to pass through metal detectors and super-tight security cordons.

It was McCartney’s first show in St. Petersburg and only his second one in Russia. The Beatles were banned by Soviet authorities because they were considered a corrupting influence.

An impressive milestone. Even for someone in the business over 40 years, that’s a lot of concerts.

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