Paul McCartney gig sees grasshopper stage invasion

Sir Paul McCartney and the grasshoppers, at a gig in Brazil. Picture: PA
Sir Paul McCartney and the grasshoppers, at a gig in Brazil. Picture: PA
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SIR Paul McCartney has swapped Beatles for grasshoppers – after a stage invasion by a swarm of the creatures.

The star managed to complete his performance despite being buzzed by a cloud of the insects as he played on stage in Brazil.

Animal-lover Sir Paul carried on playing for almost three hours in Goiania as he remained unfazed by the grasshoppers, which even landed on him during the show.

One of the insects remained on his shoulder for much of the show and the musician introduced his new pal to the 47,000-strong crowd as Harold.

As he sang Hey Jude, Sir Paul turned to Harold as he sang the words: “The movement you need is on your shoulder,” adding: “It certainly is now.”

The music superstar opened his Out There! tour in Brazil this week.

He is due to travel across six countries on the tour in the coming months.

His set lists have included rarely performed songs such as Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite, All Together Now and Eight Days a Week, which he has played live only once before this tour, with The Beatles in 1965.