Paul McCartney, the biggest of big names to hit São Paulo

Events — By jmiller on November 17, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Paul McCartney will play two shows in SP this weekend (image credit: Paul Vera-Broadbent)

Sir Paul McCartney continues the parade of megastar musicians through São Paulo with his weekend arrival.

The Beatles rocker will play shows Saturday and Sunday at Estadio do Morumbi (or Estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo) in the city’s western district. Tickets for the sold-out concerts, part of McCartney’s “Up and Coming Tour,” were priced between R$140 and R$700. The stadium, home to São Paulo Futebol Club seats more than 60,000.

Singer Norah Jones, meanwhile, attracted thousands of fans to a free show Sunday in Parque da Independencia on the grounds of Museu do Ipiranga. Crowd estimates ranged from 18,000 to 40,000, including people listening from nearby streets after the doors closed. The Grammy Award-winning artist treated spectators to songs from her latest album “The Fall,” a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Cry, Cry, Cry” and her earlier successes, such as “Come Away With Me” and “Don’t Know Why.”

Aside from McCartney, other international celebrities already appear on São Paulo’s musical agenda. England’s Amy Winehouse has scheduled a show here, the last of her four stops in Brazil, for Jan. 15, 2011.  Billy Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins appear this Saturday at the sold-out Planeta Terra show, along with Phoenix, Pavement, Girl Talk, Passion Pit and others.

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