Photo/IllutrationTakushi Takeyama, left, and son Junya in “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band” costumes recreate the scene when they were invited to go on stage at Paul McCartney’s concert in Berlin in 2016. (Yusuke Saito)

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NAGOYA--Takushi Takeyama and his son have traveled abroad twice to see Paul McCartney in concert and were even called up on stage to meet the former Beatle.

Now, they only have to be day trippers to see their idol perform in their hometown here in central Japan.

For the first time ever, McCartney will hold a live concert in Nagoya on Nov. 8, as part of his ongoing Japan tour.

Ahead of the Nagoya performance, Takeyama, 48, a tax accountant, and Junya, 16, already went to Tokyo to see McCartney's shows on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

In September, they traveled to Canada to see him perform there and thank him in advance for his upcoming Nagoya show.

The two held up a banner at the concert venue, saying, “My father and I came from Japan to thank you for coming to our hometown Nagoya!”

McCartney saw it from the stage and read it aloud to the audience.

It was not the first time the pair had an exchange with the former Beatle through a handmade banner.

In June 2016, Takeyama and Junya flew to Germany to see McCartney’s European tour, as Junya became as big a fan as his father after he watched his first McCartney performance in Tokyo the year before.

At a show in Berlin, they were dressed in costumes modeled after the Beatles' iconic album cover of the “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.” They secured spaces in the front row, standing section, holding aloft a banner.

After McCartney finished singing “Yesterday” as an encore, the father and son were suddenly invited on stage.

Thousands of pairs of eyes were fixed on the Japanese visitors.

McCartney asked Junya, who was in his second year of junior high school at the time, “Where are you from?” and “What’s your name?”

Junya, who was wearing a fake mustache modeled after John Lennon in the album jacket photo, answered in English, “I’m from Japan,” and “My name is Junya.” The audience cheered.

McCartney read aloud their banner: “My son skipped five days of school in Japan. Please sign his absent card.”

As the crowd burst into laughter, the singer also read out the card Junya brought, which ascribed the reason as “study tour.” “I go to Berlin to see the greatest musician of the world. He is ...”

McCartney signed his name in the blank part at the end of the sentence.

McCartney joked that Takeyama is a “very bad father.”

“If you are studying the tour, this could be 'very good,' ” McCartney added.

At the end of their exchange, the rock and roll icon said “sayonara.” The entire venue burst into applause.

Their time in the spotlight lasted only a few minutes. They said they were too nervous to remember details about their brief encounter with their hero.

“Nobody can escape from him winning over their hearts,” said Takeyama. “Being treated like that would make you want to see all his concerts.”

The pair went to all of McCartney's shows in his Japan tour in 2017, and plan to do so this year, too.

“We always had to travel to see Paul. It is almost like a dream that he is visiting Nagoya instead,” said the father.

For the hometown show, Takeyama’s mother and his older sister, who is also a Beatles fan, will accompany the pair.

“I would like to say thank you to Paul for giving me an opportunity to show you to the people who introduced me to the Beatles,” said Takeyama.