GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)
He’s one of the biggest singer-songwriters of all time, and Saturday, Paul McCartney will be performing for the first time in Green Bay.
“This is an 11, on a scale of 1 to 10,” said Dan Markus, a big McCartney fan and radio announcer at WVBO-FM.
“This, without a doubt, is gonna be the biggest concert I think Green Bay has ever seen,” added Jimmy Clark, Program Director at WOGB-FM
McCartney, who initially gained fame as a member of the Beatles, but was also a member of Wings and has had a successful solo career, has been proclaimed by the Guinness Book of World Records “the most successful musician and composer in popular music history.”
“I guess he’d have to be #1 if you’re including the Beatles and Wings,” said Tom Smith, Store Manager for the Exclusive Company, a Green Bay music shop. “I’m talking singer, songwriter, performer, everything… I mean, I don’t really know anyone who comes close.”
The signs of McCartney’s impending arrival in Green Bay include a billboard on Lombardi Avenue, workers readying Lambeau Field with the singer’s images, and downtown Green Bay’s CityDeck Court temporarily changing its name to “Abbey Road” after the 1969 Beatles album.
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Markus will be among the thousands of fans in attendance this weekend, and Thursday he was proudly showing off his Beatles memorabilia ahead of seeing McCartney for the fourth time.
“Paul McCartney, angelic voice… a natural talent for performing music and also for writing music, and that’s extremely rare,” Markus said. “Frank Sinatra didn’t write his own hits, Elvis didn’t write his own hits… What do I want to get out of the concert? I want to reaffirm my love of the man and his music.”