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Former Beatle to stage huge free gig in DF

April 28, 2012

Five days after his scheduled performance in Guadalajara, Sir Paul McCartney will play a massive free concert in Mexico City on May 10.

The author of classics such as “Hey Jude” and “Let It Be” will perform before around 200,000 fans in the capital’s iconic Zocalo.

Fans may have to queue for hours to gain a decent vantage point of the former Beatle, but they will not have to pay for a ticket. Sponsors Coca-Cola, Nextel, AeroMexico and Hewlett Packard will cover the costs, revealed Marcelo Ebrard, the mayor of Mexico City.

Ranchera singer Vicente Fernandez holds the record for the biggest concert ever staged in the Zocalo, with 217,000 fans attending his performance in February 2009.

Previously, 210,000 people turned out to see Shakira shake her hips in May 2007, while 170,000 witnessed a performance by local alternative rockstars Café Tacuba in June 2005.

Before the Zocalo gig, McCartney brings his Band On The Run tour to Guadalajara’s Omnilife Stadium on May 5 and Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium on April 8. But with ticket prices ranging from 372 to 13,200 pesos, many fans may decide to brave the crowds and opt for the free event.

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