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Macca-mania hits the streets of Brazil as the former Beatle tours South America

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Paul McCartney's first gig in Brazil for 18 years drew frenzied scenes this week, as fans set up a makeshift village in his honour while queuing to see the former Beatle.

McCartney played at the Beira Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre last night (November 7) to 66,000 fans. Some had started queuing on Wednesday night, and set up what has become known as the 'Paul McCartney village' (see picture, right), according to a spokesperson for the singer.

Speaking about the reaction to his trip so far, McCartney said: "I love South American audiences. I always think I have Latin blood because I connect so strongly with their love of music and their love of rhythm and their love of melody, so I always feel like I have a very big bond with South American people and Latin people in general. So yeah, I'm bonding, man!"

A spokesman for McCartney added of the makeshift village: "It was an amazing site to see. People had been camping out for days just to ensure they could get the best position possible."

McCartney's South American tour continues this Wednesday (November 10), when he plays the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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