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AS the Millennium Stadium roof closed and the lights went down on a sweltering day in the Welsh capital, the buzz of expectation races like electricity through a near sell-out 60,000 crowd.

"Shw mae Cymru, croeso i'r Stadiwm Mileniwm," shouts Sir Paul McCartney, the first of many hilarious attempts to ingratiate himself with the locals by speakingWelsh.

Resplendent in a 2010 update of a Beatle suit, the 68-year-old wears the weather-worn features of a grandfather of six but his crowning mop top is thankfully still intact and his enthusiasm and stamina isundimmed.Hetakesus through a three-hour set of songs that have woven themselves into the emotional fabric of our lives.

Through Beatles classics,Wings hits aswell as DanceTonight from his solo material there's no let up for the legendary singer.

The second half of the show races to a climax, with an emotionalHeyJudebringing the set to a rapturous close before Macca returns to the stage waving a Welsh flagfor twoencores brimful of his greatest of great hits.

Dave Owens
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Article Type:Concert review
Date:Jun 28, 2010
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