McCartney gives Tel Aviv a treat

September 26, 2008

Last night saw Sir Paul McCartney play his first gig in Israel to around 40,000 cheering fans.

He ignored pleas to boycott Israel and cancel the concert - dubbed Friendship First - in Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park.

His show took place 43 years after his former band, The Beatles, were banned from playing in the country for fear they could "corrupt the nation's youth".

He addressed the Israeli crowd in English, but did say "Shalom Tel Aviv, Shana Tova" - wishing them all a Happy New Year for next week.

He played songs that spanned his career with old Beatles' classics, Wings favourites and solo songs.

McCartney reportedly got NIS 15 million for the show in Tel Aviv, in which he played for more than two and a half hours without a break.

Last updated: 4:14pm, September 26 2008