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McCartney plays secret Cavern gig

McCartney' was back in his birth city for a final tour date.
McCartney' was back in his birth city for a final tour date.

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LIVERPOOL, England -- Liverpool native Paul McCartney, back home for the final date of his world tour Sunday, has played a secret gig at the city's Cavern Club.

The former Beatle played three songs, including "Let It Be" and "We Are Family," at the crew's end-of-tour party Friday night.

Sir Paul's pregnant wife, Heather, attended the party, along with around 150 crew members and a few of McCartney's close friends and family.

The Cavern was the notoriously crowded "swinging Sixties" smoky basement venue where The Beatles played at the start of their rise to fame.

The original Cavern was bulldozed in the 1980s, but a replica was created just a few feet along Mathew Street.

Cavern owner Bill Heckle told the UK's Press Association: "Paul was really dancing the night away, enjoying every minute of the evening.

"He was incessantly on the dance floor with Heather."

The club was given a Moroccan makeover for the party and decorated with plants and beanbags.

McCartney will have played to 2 million fans by the end of his concert Sunday, which is being held at a specially built outdoor arena at Kings Dock, Liverpool. He plans to mark the close of his tour by giving a 17,000 ($27,800) Volkswagen Beetle to one lucky concert-goer.

On Wednesday a spokesman announced that Heather Mills McCartney, 34, was pregnant with the couple's first child. (Full story)

The couple married at an Irish castle in June 2002.

It will be the first child for Mills McCartney and the fifth for McCartney. The 60-year-old former Beatle is father to Mary, 33, Stella, 31, and James, 25, and stepfather to Heather, 39, all by his late first wife, Linda.

McCartney performed in Moscow's Red Square last Saturday, capping his first-ever trip to Russia, where his music flourished during the '70s and '80s despite being banned by the communist government. (Full story)


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