McCartney hits home run at Great American Ball Park

CINCINNATI - For the first time in 18 years, Sir Paul McCartney was back in Cincinnati.  Thursday night, he took the stage at Great American Ball Park in front of nearly 50,000 fans.

Even at age 69, the legendary musician rocked the house for more than three hours with no breaks.

McCartney opened the show with "Hello, Goodbye," then welcomed the crowd.

"It's glad to be back," McCartney said.

The former Beatle sported a bright red suit jacket that he told the crowd was in honor of the Cincinnati Reds.

Among the crowd were father-daughter couple Luis and Jordan Barnes.

"I've been waiting for this my whole life," Luis said.  "It's great to share this moment with my daughter."

"I'm just ecstatic," Jordan said.  "This may be the last chance I get to see [McCartney]."

In addition to the 40,000 fans in the stands and the 8,000 fans on the field, hundreds gathered outside the gates, on sidewalks, at nearby bars and in boats on the Ohio River to listen to the concert.

As fans exited the stadium shortly after 11 p.m., many said it was the best concert they had ever attended.  Others were very impressed with the idea of having concerts at the ball park.  They said they hope similar concerts will be held there in the future.

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