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Thousands of fans pack Rexall Place for Paul McCartney concert

EDMONTON – Thousands of fans packed Rexall Place Wednesday night, for the first of two sold out Paul McCartney concerts in Edmonton.

The music legend took to the stage at 8:00p.m. with an enthusiastic “Good evening Edmonton!”

“I’m getting a feeling we’re going to have a party here tonight,” Sir Paul said to the crowd of screaming fans.

Concert goers were lined up outside the stadium hours in advance, awaiting what many have called a once in a lifetime experience.

“We’ve been following Paul and the Beatles since we were in Grade 3,” said one avid McCartney fan. The man, who is from Radium Hot Springs, has already seen Sir Paul McCartney perform in Los Angles and Anaheim and says “It’s absolutely the best concert we’ve ever been at.”

“It’s kind of a one of a kind thing,” said another fan adding, “Something on the bucket list.”

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Global News managed to grab one fan who was outside for a quick break during the concert.

“It’s been amazing. The light show, his sound is great. It’s one of the biggest shows I could have seen in my life. I’m so psyched,” the fan said adding, “He’s played a few of his new songs already, and a bunch of his old stuff and it has just been awesome. I’m just so happy I got to see this show.”

McCartney buzz has been spreading through the Capital Region ever since the concert was announced in September.

On Wednesday afternoon Mayor Stephen Mandel officially proclaimed November 26th to 30th 2012, “Paul McCartney Week.”

Late Wednesday afternoon McCartney was spotted downtown, leaving the Hotel Macdonald. Surrounded by security guards, he stopped briefly to meet and sign autographs for fans who waited hours in the cold.

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“I scored an eight by 10, signed by Paul McCartney, my favourite band in the world, and this is like… I’m like the little girl at the Justin Bieber (concert).”

Many at Wednesday night’s concert have been fans for decades, and for them Sir Paul certainly did not disappoint.

“It’s been a dream of mine forever. I mean, it’ll be a one and only chance,” a lifelong fan said graciously before heading into Rexall Place.

McCartney played for nearly three straight hours, including two encores- the second of which included the EPS pipes and drums band.

The second of the two shows gets underway Thursday night at 8:00.

Many fans also took to Twitter to share their excitement from the concert.

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