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Ahead of Paul McCartney show, Beatlemania comes to Austin

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To some, it may seem like ancient history, but for people like Rush Evans, the Beatles changed everything.

"Everything about America changed after Kennedy was shot. We lost our innocence," Evans said. "And then comes across the pond these guys with a completely new sound and they conquered America."

Nearly fifty years after the mop-tops from Liverpool first landed in the states, their music and influence continue strong.

When Paul McCartney stages the stage at the Erwin Center Wednesday night, it will be the first time the Beatle has every played in Austin.

"This is a very big deal, Paul McCartney’s first trip to Austin, Texas,” Evans said. “I'm excited.”

Evans now has his own Beatles-focused radio show, Off the Beatle Path, on the volunteer-run radio station KOOP 91.7 FM. He broadcasts every Tuesday at noon.

For a fan Rush Evans, McCartney’s music still matters.

"It is possible to appreciate Beatle music as much as someone forty years ago," Evans said. "He's not just a former Beatle. He's Paul McCartney. He's had an extraordinary solo career."

Evans says this is a unique opportunity to experience pop culture history.

"And it's 2013 and Paul McCartney is still with us and he's still doing this and he's great at it," he said.

Paul McCartney's "Out There" tour will play in Austin on Wednesday and Thursday.

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