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Celebrating their final concert

CLEAR LAKE (KWWL) -- It's been 50 years since "the day the music died" -- the day Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Richie Valens died in a plane crash after their performance Feb. 2, 1959.

This week, rock and roll enthusiasts from around the world met at the Surf Ballroom, the location of the last performance for the three musicians.

People waited outside for hours before the doors opened Monday evening.  Some might say they've been waiting for 50 years for this moment.  They're all here for the big concert.

Bobby Vee and the Crickets, Los Lonely Boys, and Paul McCartney were even rumored to be at the Surf along with fans came from the UK, California, and Toronto. 

They say enduring the cold is the least they can do to honor the men who inspired the British invasion.

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