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Paul McCartney closes Candlestick Park, home of final Beatles concert, with one last show

Paul McCartney took the stage at San Francisco's Candlestick Park Thursday night to give the final public performance in the legendary stadium, which is dousing its flame after 54 years of serving as home field to the city's sports teams and hosting live acts.

It was a historically significant stop for McCartney: The Beatles played their last official live concert at Candlestick in 1966, as the musician reminded fans in a YouTube video he posted Wednesday. 

"I have some very special memories — as you know — of (playing) Candlestick Park," he said in the video.

In preparing the set list for the special close-out show, McCartney clearly had a lot of yesterdays in mind. He launched into the last song the Beatles performed in full at that historic concert (Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally"). And as he played, several previously unreleased photographs taken at the 1966 performance flashed on the screen behind him.



McCartney certainly knows how to get back from a setback. After postponing several live dates on his "Out There" tour due to a viral illness, he returned to the road in May and has been making headlines ever since: He helped a New York couple get engaged mid-show, delighted residents of Omaha, Nebraska, by hanging out on a sidewalk bench with Warren Buffett, and even "married" a couple during a stop in Phoenix Wednesday (the musician is not ordained, as the bride believed, but it was a nice symbolic gesture). 

The park known to locals as The Stick will be torn down and replaced by a 1.1 million-square-foot development project, said the Bay City News. But McCartney will go on: He has dates scheduled through October.

The photos by Jim Marshall that appeared behind McCartney during the show will appear in "The Haight: Love, Rock and Revolutions," in bookstores Oct. 14 and now available for pre-order at Amazon

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