Fans descend on Vancouver for concert of a lifetime
Published Sunday, November 25, 2012 2:50PM PST
Last Updated Sunday, November 25, 2012 6:38PM PST
It took nearly 50 years for one of the world’s most famous singer-songwriters to return to Vancouver, but Paul McCartney is finally back, and the city is abuzz with excitement.
The show has got people coming from not only other parts of B.C. and Canada, but from the U.S. as well.
The Jones family came from Paulsville, WA. For father Tom Jones, Sunday’s concert has a special meaning because he was invited to the show by the guitar player of McCartney’s band.
“We make guitar pickups, and (Rusty Anderson) uses our pickups,” Jones said. “I gave him a guitar a couple of years back, so we’ll see if he uses it tonight.”
The loads of fans have prompted BC Ferries to add extra sailings, TransLink to step up services, and downtown restaurants to add more staff. Hotel bookings are also up during what would typically be a slow time of year for tourism in Vancouver.
“It’s definitely comparable to the Grey Cup (finals last year),” said Alex Siquier with Wedgewood Hotel. “We were fully booked during the Grey Cup, and now we’re almost fully booked.”
The show starts at 8 p.m.
With files from CTV British Columbia’s Penny Daflos