McCartney concert drives large crowds to Buddy Holly Center

McCartney concert drives large crowds to Buddy Holly Center
Brooke Witcher
Brooke Witcher
Brad Apple
Brad Apple
Molly Finlay
Molly Finlay

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Buddy Holly Center had a steady stream of visitors all day Friday, thanks in large part to yesterday's Paul McCartney concert.

"We've had great numbers for the last week. We've had several calls," said Brooke Witcher. She is the Managing Director for Cultural Facilities & Special Events with the City of Lubbock.

"We had people waiting in the parking lot thinking that Sir Paul McCartney might attend the museum. It has been a real thrill for the staff and I hope our visitors as well. We've had great attendance all week."

Many of the visitors we spoke with were from out of state. People traveled from as far away as Florida, Massachusetts and British Columbia.

"He's a true artist. He very much loves what he does and he doesn't just sing the song, he gives a lot of history with it so very good," said Brad Apple. Brad came from Colorado to see the concert.

"My favorite story McCartney told was how they came up with the name, hearing Buddy Holly and the Crickets and how they liked the double meaning of the Crickets being the bug and the game, and they were trying to come up with a name themselves and thought the Beatles would be a great one because it had a double meaning also."

Fans like Apple waited in lines that wrapped around the Buddy Holly Center just to gain entry into the museum. Many wanted to see some of Holly's memorabilia before they left and make the connection between Paul McCartney and his hero.

"My favorite story was when he was talking about Buddy Holly and how he learned three cords," said Molly Finlay, also visiting from Colorado. "He knew A, D and E and he needed to learn B7 to play one of Buddy Holly's songs, so he had to take a bus across town because he heard that somebody across town knew B7, so he takes the bus, knocks on the door and says, 'Are you the guy that knows B7?' and he says, 'Yeah,' and he teaches him B7 so he can play the Buddy Holly song."

There were also guided tours of the Allison House where The Crickets wrote "That'll Be the Day."

The Center credits a lot of the traffic to McCartney's concert, but his impact doesn't end there.

"Any time that we get anyone like that in with national recognition and they talk about the positives of Lubbock it's always great for us. I know a lot of people went shopping and bought Paul McCartney stuff, so it's always good," said Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman Alona Beesinger.

The Center also received a gift from McCartney - a signed replica of Buddy Holly's original guitar. They say it will be displayed in the museum in the coming weeks.

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