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YESTERDAY NOT SO FAR AWAY AS MCCARTNEY WOWS SELL-OUT CROWD IN NORWAY

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British rock star Paul McCartney has begun his first world tour in 13 years, dusting off Beatles classics in a concert near Olso.

Relaxed and joking, McCartney and his five-member backing band - which included his wife Linda on keyboards - played for more than two hours in the town of Drammen, west of Oslo.The 6,000-plus sell-out crowd, from teenagers to people old enough to remember the Beatles' first hits in the early 1960s, sang along at every opportunity.

"This is one we wrote in the car on the way here," McCartney said as he played the opening chords to "Got to Get You Into My Life."

Of 27 songs, 13 were from his career since the Beatles broke up in 1970 and several were from his new album, "Flowers in the Dirt."

The rest were tunes that have become pop classics and helped make McCartney a superstar, such as "Back in the USSR," "Hey Jude," "Get Back," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Yesterday," "Eleanor Rigby" and "Let It Be."

McCartney played some of them with his band Wings in the 1970s but others had never been heard on stage before. The Beatles gave up live performances in 1966.

McCartney, a convert to the "green" cause, has invited environmentalist movement Friends of the Earth to join the tour to help raise awareness of ecological issues.

"We have an opportunity to save the planet. Let's do it tonight," he told his audience.