Paul McCartney to open Lisbon festival

March 1, 2004 at 11:36 AM

LISBON, Portugal, March 1 (UPI) -- Former Beatle Paul McCartney will open the Rock in Rio festival in Portugal, a six-day event beginning May 28 in Lisbon featuring more than 70 acts.

Britney Spears, Guns N' Roses, Metallica and Sting are also scheduled to perform at the festival at Bela Vista Parque in Lisbon, the BBC reported Monday.

More than 600,000 attendees are expected at the event, which is modelled after the Rio de Janeiro festival, first held in Brazil in 1985.

McCartney's appearance at Rock in Rio will kick off his 12-city tour, which ends June 26 at Britain's Glastonbury Festival.

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