As the hours tick away toward tonight's “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Sept. 23, a huge throng had gathered on Hollywood Boulevard well before the show was to begin at 9:30 p.m. PT, according to rock writer and publicist Phyllis Pollack.
The crowd, which estimates say will number around 10,000, forced closure of Hollywood Boulevard between Sycamore and Highland avenues. Pollack said a big screen will broadcast the show to the expected huge crowd.
(You can see some pictures of the events today in the slide show.)
The afternoon temperature was around 90 degrees. Ana Martinez (@wofstargirl), whose office is in the area, tweeted “I hope people keep hydrated during McCartney concert wait!”
Pollack said security was tight. Some getting into the theater had wristbands. “They're wanding everybody” and she said there was also a no purse rule. Many people were seen with Beatles and McCartney t-shirts. One woman, wearing a 1989 McCartney tour shirt, said she'd seen him five times.
The soundcheck included “Jet,” which got a incredible reaction from the crowd. They also played “Birthday,” “New,” “Magical Mystery Tour” and “Lady Madonna,” according to Pollack. McCartney was dressed casually in a black jacket, grey shirt and jeans with a black shirt. Guitarist Brian Ray had a gold guitar and “looked great and sounded great,” she said. Ana Martinez tweeted, “We can hear McCartney's sound check from the office! Thanks Paul and I didn't have to wait in line!”
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