Now THAT'S a welcome! Sir Paul McCartney, 72, and wife Nancy Shevell are mobbed by fans as they arrive in Japan
By MAILONLINE REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 20 April 2015
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, on Monday.
Fan-tastic! Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy were mobbed by a sea of supporters at they arrived at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan, on Monday
The acclaimed singer is there as part of his Out There tour, which will see him play a date in Osaka, before three consecutive nights at the Tokyo Dome before returning to Britain, where he'll play a London show.
Wearing a pair of black skinny jeans with a crisp, white shirt and denim jacket, the rocker cut a youthful figure as he crossed the terminal building.
Clearly sharing the same stylist, Nancy wasn't far behind in her own version of Paul's look - complete with skinny jeans, a casual jacket, sunglasses and trainers.
Waiting patiently! Fans gather at the arrivals gate to catch a glimpse of the former Beatle
Hit: The singer is there as part of his Out There tour, which will see him play a date in Osaka, before three consecutive nights at the Tokyo Dome before returning to Britain, where he'll play a London show
The star waved at fans as they walked through the arrivals gate, causing screams of excitement from across the airport.
Shortly after landing he took to micro-blogging site Twitter, where he uploaded a personal photograph of himself and Nancy navigating the crowds.
He captioned it with: 'Here we are! Let's rock Japan!', which garnered more than two-thousand shares and a similar number of 'likes'.
Twitter snap: Sir Paul posted a shot of himself arriving in Japan, saying: 'Here we are! Let's rock Japan!'
Keen: Paul's followers hold signs up to try and attract the attention of the Liverpudlian rocker
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.
Wearing a pair of black skinny jeans with a white shirt and denim jacket, the rocker cut a youthful figure, while Nancy wasn't far behind in her own version of Paul's look - complete with sunglasses and trainers
They wanna hold his hand! Die-hard fans use their smart phones to capture a picture of the pop star
His-n-her looks: The pair seemed to be sharing the same stylist as they stepped out in very similar looks
Still a star: Despite his advancing years, Paul is still as popular as ever - with his last LP debuting at No.2
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 most-recent LP New, which was released in October 2013.
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 it was the first time that a musician over 70 years old has broken into the Top 10.
Give us a wave: Sir Paul is equally delighted to see his fans, who spent hours waiting for him
Taking it all in his stride: The chart-topper wasn't fazed by the madness and smiled his way through it
Making spectacles of themselves? The happy couple stay close as they interact with music fans