Paul McCartney returned to the concert stage on Saturday night in Albany, New York, after being sidelined for two months with a virus that forced him to postpone concerts in Japan, South Korea and the U.S.
If Sir Paul was still feeling the effects of his illness it didn't seem to show, as the 72-year-old rocker played a marathon set that ran for about three hours. Meanwhile, the rock legend helped make the concert extra special for a couple from nearby Rochester by inviting them onstage during his encores for a momentous occasion.
As shown in a fan-filmed video posted on YouTube, Macca explains to the crowd that he'd noticed a woman holding up a sign that read, "He won't marry me 'til he meets you," next to a man with his own sign that said, "I have the ring & I'm 64." He proceeds to welcome the two, named Claudia and John, to the stage. The rock legend then asks the man, "Are you going to do this, John?" to which he responds, "Oh yeah, I've come too far to back out now." Before popping the question, though, John sings a verse of the Beatles classic "When I'm 64" with some help from Paul, his band and the whole audience. After that, he gets down on one knee and declares, "Sweetheart, will you marry me?" and Claudia says, "Yes," to thunderous cheers from the crowd.
McCartney then congratulates the happy couple and gives them hugs, before quipping to the audience, "And they booked us for the wedding."
McCartney next show on the U.S. leg of his Out There Tour takes place Monday night in Pittsburgh. Check out Paul's full itinerary at PaulMcCartney.com.
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