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Paul McCartney Posts Footage of Onstage Grasshopper Invasion in Brazil

Image courtesy of Photo: MJ Kim (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Photo: MJ Kim (via ABC News Radio)

Paul McCartney had some unexpected guests join him onstage during his May 6 concert in Goiânia, Brazil.  No, it wasn't a group of screaming fans -- rather, a multitude of grasshoppers swarmed the ex- Beatle as he performed.

McCartney has posted a high-definition video of his encounter with the insects.  The 70-second clip shows the rock legend singing the Beatles classic "The Long and Winding Road" as the flying critters land on his piano, his microphone and all over Sir Paul himself.

Near the end of the video, McCartney shows the audience one grasshopper that's crawling on his arm.  "Can you see my little friend?" he declares.  "He's called Harold.  Hello, Harold...say hello to the people."  Then, pretending the insect is responding, Paul says in a high voice, "Hello."  McCartney adds, "This is a first, I must say."

McCartney finished the three-show Brazilian leg of his Out There World Tour on Thursday with a concert in Fortaleza.  In a statement posted on his official website, Paul thanks fans who came out to see him in the South American country.

"Brazilian audiences are incredible so that's why we keep coming back," he writes.  "All of the shows this week were incredible.  The crowds were just amazing and of course in Goiânia we had the grasshoppers join us, which was unbelievable.  No one could see that coming!"

Next up for McCartney is a series of U.S. tour dates kicking off May 18 in Orlando, Florida.

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