Paul McCartney to rock Rio for real

Paul McCartney will perform at the Rock in Rio festival, which runs from September 23rd to October 2nd 2011 in Brazil. Paul was also part of the 2004 “Rock in Rio”-festival, but the festival was held in Lisbon, Portugal that year. The 2004 summer tour, in effect a warm-up for McCartney’s appearance at the Glastonbury festival, was the last of his tours to visit Norway so far.

Rock in Rio is a series of rock festivals held in Brazil and later in Portugal and Spain.

Three incarnations of the festival were in Rio de Janeiro, in 1985, 1991 and 2001, four in Lisbon, in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010, and two in Madrid in 2008 and 2010. The shows were organized by Brazilian entrepreneur Roberto Medina. In 2011, Rock in Rio will take place in its original home, Rio de Janeiro. Rock in Rio has been the largest rock festival in the world, with 1.5 million people in the first edition, 700,000 in the second, about 1.2 million in the third, and about 350,000 people in each of the 3 Lisbon editions. Apart from Paul McCartney, artists such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Korn, Metallica, and many others are due to perform at the 2011 festival.

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Paul McCartney has visited Brazil several times. In 1990, Paul McCartney performed solo at a record breaking concert in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium which attracted a stadium crowd of more than 184,000 fans. He last performed in Brazil in November 2010, a mere two months ago.

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