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McCartney to Perform in Moscow's Red Square, Saturday - 2003-05-24

Former Beatle Paul McCartney is to perform in Moscow's Red Square Saturday, 35 years after co-writing the Beatles hit Back in the USSR.

McCartney says performing in Russia is a dream come true.

The rock n' roll superstar will play before 20,000 lucky fans for a single three-hour performance that promises to be a trip down memory lane for Beatles fans.

He is expected to perform more than 20 Beatles hits, in addition to solo pieces and songs from his days with his group Wings

During the days of the Soviet Union, Communist authorities in Russia considered the Beatles a dangerous Western influence, but the "Fab Four" enjoyed a huge following behind the Iron Curtain.

In recognition of his star status, McCartney this week accepted an honorary professorship from the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia's oldest musical institution, known for training such legendary composers such as Dmitri Shostakovich and Peter Tchaikovsky.