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Paul McCartney Mexico City Free Concert Draws 200,000 People at 'The Zocalo' [VIDEO]

By Elisa Sanchez, EnStars
on May 11, 2012 11:20 AM EDT
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  • Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney (C) performs with Mexican mariachi musicians at a free open-air concert at Zocalo Square in Mexico City May 10, 2012. (Photo : Reuters)

Paul McCartney rocked Mexico City's "The Zocalo" Thursday night, in a free mega concert that gathered over 200,000 people together, according to CNN.

Authorities had estimated an attendance of 80,000 people. It was the Mexican holiday "Dia de las Madres" (Mother's Day) and McCartney's first words -in Spanish- were directed to them.

"We are very happy to be here in Dia de las Madres," McCartney said in Spanish.

"Thank you Mamacitas," he added and dedicated them his hit song "Hope of Deliverance."

The British legend reportedly waved Mexico's flag on the stage and shouted "Viva Mexico Cabrones" to a tremendous response from the audience.

Perhaps one of the most emotional moments of the concert was when he performed "Hey Jude" and the hundreds of thousands at The Zocalo sang the chorus together: "Na-na-na-na Hey Jude," local media reports.

When he performed "Yesterday" the public sang with excitement, according to reports.

There were fireworks for "Live and Let Die," and for "Ob--La-Di Ob-La-Da" Mexican Mariachi band "Gama Mil" performed with McCartney.

McCartney's repertoire included: "My Valentine," "Hello, goodbye," "All my Loving," "Hope of Deliverance," Every night," Live and Let Die," "Something," "A day in the life," "Give peace a change," "paperback Writer," "The Long and Winding Road," “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five”, “And I Love her,” “Blackbird” and "Helter Skelter."

McCartney closed the show with "The End."

This was the last concert of the Mexico leg of his 2012 "On the Run" tour. He will continue the tour in Horsens, Denmark on June 30.

The record for the largest audience at a free concert in the venue (Mexico City's main plaza) belongs to Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez with 217,000 people while Shakira is second place with 210,000, according to Mexican radio station Radio Formula.

Watch below Paul McCartney Performs"Eleonor Rigby" at "The Zocalo" on May 10, 2012:


Correction: The story previously stated that Paul McCartney broke the record for the largest attendance to an open air concert in "The Zocalo."

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