Rock and roll royalty touched down in Ottawa Sunday night, with Paul McCartney playing his first ever show in the capital.

The former Beatle hit the stage at the Canadian Tire Centre more than an hour after his scheduled start time, but rewarded the faithful with a career-spanning set.

Jessica Dionne brought her grandmother and aunt to the show, along with a special tattoo she’s been sporting since 2010.

"I went with a sign that said ‘Paul, please sign my arm, I’ve already made an appointment for a tattoo,’" she said.

"He pulled me up on the stage, signed my arm with a sharpie, then I got it tattooed the next day."


Jessica Dionne shows off her Paul McCartney autograph tattoo before his debut Ottawa show. (CBC)

Ottawa Police Services Pipe Band joins in

Dionne and her family weren’t the only generation-spanning group at the kick-off for the North American leg of McCartney’s "Out There" tour.

"I really wanted my daughter to experience The Beatles, I’ve never experienced The Beatles myself," said Rosalie Coburn.

"All of my life I’ve always listened to The Beatles and loved Paul McCartney," said Cindy Adams. "Now my 13-year-old daughter is a fan."

As an added treat for local fans, McCartney’s set included an appearance from the Ottawa Police Service Pipe Band for the song Mull of Kintyre.

"We were thrilled and honoured to perform with Sir Paul McCartney at his concert in Ottawa," said Pipe Major, Sgt. Jamie Ritchie in a news release. 

"We are all huge fans and this was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

McCartney's tour also takes him to Quebec City, Winnipeg and Regina, with a set at Fenway Park in Boston scheduled for Tuesday.