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Paul McCartney Lowers Curtain on Candlestick Park

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Nearly a half-century after The Beatles played their final live concert at Candlestick Park, the pop culture icon revisited the historic site on Thursday to return the favor.

Up the peninsula from the 49ers training camp home in Santa Clara, the team's old stomping ground welcomed back a pop culture icon to bid the landmark a final farewell. Niners Daily has the story.

Hello, Goodbye

Nearly a half-century after The Beatles played their final live concert at Candlestick Park, Sir Paul McCartney revisited the historic site on Thursday to return the favor.

McCartney, who last played at The 'Stick on Aug. 29, 1966, alongside pals John, George and Ringo, provided the stadium a sweet swan song as it closed its doors for good.

"Thank you, San Francisco, for being cool now and for being cool back then," McCartney told fans, according to USA Today

"It's good to drink it all in," he said. "We're saying goodbye to Candlestick."

Fittingly enough, the attendance of the concert was marked at 49,000.

Back in '66, tickets were sold to the show for between $4.50 and $6.50. The Beatles played before 25,000 fans that night, with the stage set up behind second base on the then-San Francisco Giants diamond.

Honoring His Hero

Growing up in Miami, 49ers rookie cornerback Keith Reaser spent his time doing everything he could to follow in the footsteps of his elder cousin, the late Sean Taylor.

Reaser attended Taylor's high school games, his collegiate games at the University of Miami and even his draft celebration in 2004, when the Washington Redskins selected Taylor fifth overall.

It has been seven years since Taylor passed away, and in that time, Reaser has transformed from a teenager to a fifth-round draft pick. The motivation his cousin provided to accomplish his dreams is something Reaser still thinks about daily.

“Every time I come out on the field, every time I go to work out, I try to play that over in my mind: If he was here, how would I work? What would I do today? Would he be proud of what I’m doing today?” Reaser told Mark Maske of The Washington Post. “I try to keep it in my mind. I try to write it on me somewhere before a game. But it plays on my mind every day, any time I do anything football related.”

Remembering Robin

The tributes poured in on Monday when the news of Robin Williams' passing broke. Among those to share their thoughts on the comedians' impact was Jim Harbaugh, who recalled family nights at home watching one of Williams' iconic shows.

"I was very sad, I remember watching 'Mork & Mindy' in the living room with my brother and sister and mom and dad in our pajamas," Harbaugh said on KNBR. "I grew up with that, it was part of my childhood. He was in some great movies, too." 

Harbaugh's favorite film with Williams was "Cadillac Man."

The Vault

Before McCartney played out The 'Stick, the 49ers said their goodbyes last December, when the team beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34-24. Here's a look back at the Monday night affair.

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