Monday, June 13, 2011

McCartney tour news

Paul McCartney has confirmed three more dates on his On The Run tour: July 24 at Comerica Park in Detroit MI, July 31 at Wrigley Field in Chicago IL, and August 4 at The Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati OH.

Kicking off July 15-16 with McCartney's first ever shows at Yankee Stadium in New York, the On The Run tour's start marks nearly two years to the day since Paul's legendary July 17, 18 & 21, 2009 Citi Field concerts, immortalized on the Grammy-winning gold-certified Good Evening New York City CD/DVD.

McCartney's Detroit, Chicago and Cincinnati stadium gigs will likewise be hugely anticipated returns to cities with that have hosted historical performances by Paul in the past: The July 24 Comerica Park and July 31 Wrigley Field shows will be his first visits to the Detroit area and Chicago since 2005, while the August 4 Great American Ball Park will be Paul's first Cincinnati appearance in 18 years, his last show in the city being on The New World Tour in 1993.
Every one of this summer's On The Run dates can safely be predicted to feature nearly three hours of the world's most familiar and beloved music, with hits, deep cuts and surprises spanning McCartney's unrivaled catalogue of Beatles, Wings, solo and Fireman classics.

McCartney's recently completed Up and Coming Tour played over three dozen shows to more than 1,000,000 fans from its March 2010 start through its June 10, 2011 conclusion at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, drawing arguably the most enthusiastic audiences and critical notices of McCartney's peerless near-50-year career.

As on his Live 2009 tour and Up and Coming's 2010 run and every Paul McCartney tour since 2002, Paul will be backed by Paul "Wix" Wickens (keyboards, guitar, percussion, harmonica, backing vocals), Rusty Anderson (guitar, backing vocals), Abe Laboriel, Jr. (drums, backing vocals) and Brian Ray (guitar, bass, backing vocals). 

In addition to overwhelming levels of critical acclaim wherever McCartney has recently played across North America, South America and the UK, last year saw many career firsts for Paul. 

These included rocking The White House in front of President Barack Obama and his family in June when Paul was made the first ever British recipient of the prestigious Gershwin Prize For Popular Song.  Paul returned to the White House in December (where even the President joked about Paul becoming a regular there) to be awarded with a Kennedy Center Honor. Paul ended 2010 with a Dec. 11 visit to Saturday Night Live in New York City followed by a career landmark first ever performance at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater on Dec. 13 and three intimate homecoming shows in the UK.

He played the smallest club show of his career at London's legendary 100 Club to just 300 people, which made headlines as far as China.  The final two shows were at the Hammersmith Apollo and at Liverpool's O2 Academy, both of which broke venue box office records. 

McCartney kicked off his 2011 live agenda last month with his  first ever show in Peru, his first Chilean gig since 1993, and two blockbuster shows at Rio de Janeiro's Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange, which also resulted in the first ever concert to be broadcast live on the internet throughout Latin America--allowing over 1.5 million fans who were unable to snap up one of the 100,000 tickets to share in the magic.

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