MPL/Mary McCartneyPaul McCartney received a special gift Thursday when his tour visited Lubbock, Texas — the hometown of one of his major musical influences, the late Buddy Holly.

Before McCartney’s concert at the United Spirit Arena, the Buddy Holly Education Foundation presented the former Beatle with a custom-made acoustic guitar that contains a fret from Holly’s original guitar inside the sound hole. The hand-painted finish on the custom-made instrument also replicates the design on Holly’s original.

According to, McCartney told the crowd it had been a lifelong dream to perform in Holly’s hometown. “Hey, Lubbock, you don’t know how exciting it is for me to be here in Lubbock, Texas,” McCartney said. The rock legend then paused and said he needed “a minute to drink all of it in” for himself.

McCartney acknowledged Holly’s influence, telling the concert crowd, “We followed his records and that was really the beginning of The Beatles.” McCartney then performed Holly’s 1958 hit, “It’s So Easy.”

Thursday’s concert was a make-up date for a June 14 show that McCartney was forced to postpone due to illness.

The next stop on McCartney’s Out There tour is an October 11 show at The Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

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