Aside from selling millions of records, the success of The Beatles was often defined by the hordes of fanatical fans who would follow them around the world.
Fast-forward fifty years on and little has changed.
Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy were mobbed by a sea of supporters at they arrived at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan, today.
The acclaimed singer is there as part of his Out There tour, which will see him play two dates in Osaka, one in Fukuoka and three consecutive nights at the Tokyo Dome.
Wearing a black and white kimono in honour of Japanese culture, both the 71 year-old rocker and his wife appeared colour co-ordinated in matching trousers and black shoes.
The star waved at fans as they walked through the arrivals gate, causing screams of excitement from across the terminal.
Tour: Having released his new album, the 71-year-old will perform in Osaka, Fukuoka and Tokyo
Shortly after landing he took to micro-blogging site Twitter, where he uploaded a personal photograph of dedicated followers waiting for him with welcome signs.
The warm reception is a stark contrast to when he arrived in Japan on 16 January 1980.
Touring the world with his band Wings, he was caught with 8oz of marijuana and arrested by officials. Customs officers at Narita airport discovered the drugs in a plastic bag at the top of his suitcase.
Facing the threat of seven years hard labour, he was detained for nine days and forced to clean his cell with a reed brush each morning. After more than a week of negotiations he was eventually released and deported.
Thankfully, that all seems to have been forgotten. In fact, the reception should not have been a surprise for the musician, who has scored another smash-hit with his latest LP New.
The album, his first in six years, charted at Number 2 in the Japanese charts – just behind Big Bang’s Seungri’s solo debut album – selling 23,000 copies in the first week.
According to the Japan Daily Press this is the first time that a musician over 70 years old has broken into the Top 10.
His forthcoming tour will be his first since 2002.
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