Paul McCartney live: Red Square, Moscow

Paul McCartney performed an outdoor show in Red Square, Moscow, Russia, on 24 May 2003.

It was the 30th date of the Back In The World Tour, which lasted for 33 dates between March and June 2003.

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McCartney’s band was Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens (vocals, keyboards, guitar, percussion, harmonica), Brian Ray (vocals, guitar, bass), Rusty Anderson (vocals, guitar), and Abe Laboriel Jr (vocals, drums).

They had snipers on roofs. We met Gorbachev. That was incredible. I remember halfway through the show, all of a sudden, Putin walks into the area. He came with his people, his guards. I see this ripple through the middle of the seats. He comes to the center seat, sits down, and watches it. The song we were playing, ironically enough, was ‘Calico Skies’. That tune is really about the weapons of war we despise. It’s the closest that Paul gets to a protest song.
Rusty Anderson
Rolling Stone, 11 October 2023

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