Paul McCartney plays first show in Buffalo

Paul McCartney playing at the First Niagara Center on October 22, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)–  It’s a show fans have been waiting a lifetime for– getting a chance to see the legendary Sir Paul McCartney — as he rocks out in the Queen City for the first time ever.

“It’s amazing,” said Giglia. “First time, so it’s emotional.”

And the emotions were high when McCartney took the stage, opening with Eight Days a Week. The crowds roared with excitement

“I’ve been a fan since I was child,” said Sam Giglia.

Giglia is just one of thousands of fans who waited in line, ready to head into the First Niagara Center to see McCartney.

“We’re here to see Paul McCartney the living legend of the Beatles,” said Chris Certo. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Certo brought his 13-year-old daughter with him. He said it is an opportunity for the two of them to share together.

Joe Nasca understand that – he and his 20-year-old son are there together.

“I’ve loved him since I was a kid,” said Nasca. “I enjoy his music. He is a musical icon.”

After 55 years of selling out shows, Paul McCartney is finally having one in Buffalo. He has never played in the city – not with the Beatles, Wings or during his solo career.


“”I’m very excited,” said Carol Stonebraker.  “I took two days off of work for this.”

Carol and Jim Stonebraker are lifelong fans– first falling in love with Paul during his Beatles days. Carol has waited her entire life to see him play.

“This was the time,” said Carol.

She was hopeful heading into the show that she may even get to meet McCartney.

“I was in the shower and I said this is what’s going to happen. He will see me from his hotel room and say ‘I need to meet that young lady’ and then his security guard will come get me and I’ll get his autograph,” said Carol laughing. “Yes, I know not reality.”

That lofty dream is one she’s hoping will come true because she and many other buffalo and never expected to be able to see McCartney in concert in the Queen City. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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