Local couple gets engaged at Paul McCartney's Albany concert

Updated: 07/06/2014 6:47 PM
Created: 07/06/2014 12:03 PM WHEC.com
By: Staff/Reporting from the Associated Press

It was an extra special proposal for a local couple Saturday night as the pair got engaged while on stage with Paul McCartney. McCartney was in Albany for his first show in two months after being sidelined due to a virus.

The couple caught McCartney's attention with a pair of signs saying the groom-to-be wouldn't pop the question until they met Paul. Sir Paul brought the couple on stage during the second encore. The couple introduced themselves as "Claudia and John from Rochester, New York." John then performed a short version of the Beatles classic "When I'm Sixty-Four" off Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The audience joined in and McCartney's band provided backup. John then dropped to his knee and asked Claudia to married him. She said yes.

"And he booked us for the wedding," McCartney joked.

It was also a special moment for McCartney, who was returning to the stage after a two-month absence.

"It's great to be back," said McCartney, who turned 72 two weeks ago. He looked none the worse for wear, putting on a show of just under three hours with 38 songs before finishing with the three-song medley that ends the "Abbey Road" album.

McCartney was briefly hospitalized in Tokyo in May because of the viral infection. The illness forced him to cancel a Japanese tour and a concert in South Korea and reschedule half a dozen June dates in the United States before resuming his "Out There" tour in Albany.

Before his illness, McCartney last performed May 1 in Costa Rica.

McCartney opened with the Beatles' "Eight Days a Week." He wore black jeans and a sky blue blazer. When he took the jacket off four songs in, he joked that it was the only wardrobe change of the evening.

The crowd-pleasing show contained a mix of expected hits like "Hey Jude" and "Let it Be," four songs from McCartney's latest album and a generous sampling from more obscure corners of his catalog, including the Beatles' songs "Lovely Rita" and "Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite" and Wings work such as "Another Day" and "1985." Most of the 1980s and 1990s were passed over.

He paid tribute to the two late members of the Beatles, singing "Here Today" to former songwriting partner John Lennon, which McCartney described as the conversation they never had. He began playing George Harrison's song "Something" on the ukulele, and it built into a full band rendition.

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