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PAUL McCARTNEY TO CLOSE CANDLESTICK PARK, MAY BOYCOTT PLAYING RUSSIA

4/25/2014

Paul McCartney announced that he will close out San Francisco’s legendary Candlestick Park on August 14th. McCartney and the Beatles ended their public performing career on August 29th, 1966 at the ballpark, and according to various sources, was nearly lured away to open the 49ers new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara -- rather than be the final act to play the stadium. Back in 2008 McCartney, who’s among the most sentimental men in all of rock, was on hand with Billy Joel to both close out New York City's Shea Stadium, which the Beatles performed at in 1965 and ’66.

 

Beatlefan magazine reported tickets for the Candlestick Park date will be on sale Monday, May 5th at 10 a.m. local time. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Thursday, May 1st at 10 a.m. through Sunday, May 4th at 10 p.m.

  • Candlestick Park opened in 1960 and over the years has been the home to such legendary teams as the San Francisco Giants, the San Francisco 49ers, and Oakland Raiders. The park is set for demolition in late-2014 or early-2015.
  • Paul McCartney admits that playing Beatles songs these days is a great way to revisit his time with John Lennon and George Harrison: "Y'know, the live experience is a mad one, because the same time that you're singing and remembering words and remembering chords -- you're off on one! And you're thinking 'Oh, Abbey Road, and I remember John coming up with. . . and what about when George said that?' And you go, 'Come back! Come back! Earth to Paul -- you're onstage! Don't go too far!' (Laughs) Y'know? But it is, it's great, you do look at the songs as if it's someone else."
  • Paul McCartney performs tonight (April 25th) in Lima, Peru.
     
  • UPDATED: Paul McCartney North American tour dates (subject to change):
    June 14 - Lubbock, TX - United Spirit Arena
    June 16 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
    June 19 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center
    June 21- Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
    June 22 - Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
    June 25 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
    June 26 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
    July 5 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center
    July 7 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center
    July 9 - Chicago, IL - United Center     
    July 12 - Fargo, ND - Fargodome     
    July 14 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena     
    July 16 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center     
    August 2 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Field
    August 7 - Salt Lake City, UT - EnergySolutions Arena
    August 14 - San Francisco, CA - Candlestick Park

IN OTHER PAUL McCARTNEY NEWS

Some of Paul McCartney's Russian fans and are worried that the former Beatles meat be boycotting the country due to its crushing human rights violations. The Mirror reported that McCartney recently held a secret summit with the members of Pussy Riot, the recently freed Russian feminist punk rock protest group, where the group thanked they former-Beatle for supporting them publicly during their imprisonment by writing to President Vladimir Putin urging their immediate release. Pussy Riot was quoted by The Mirror of saying after their meeting with McCartney in an unnamed U.S. city: “Sir Paul has repeatedly told us that he found it hard to believe that Russia -- a country with such a rich and developed culture -- accepts what Putin is doing today.”

A source told the paper: "He loves his Russian fans and, as every fan knows, Paul is all about peace and love. As long as he has fans there, he will always try to play there although no shows are in currently in the pipeline."

  • McCartney currently has no Eastern European dates on the books, and has not come out publicly saying that he will not play Russia under the Putin regime.
  • McCartney's May 2003 and June 2004 Russian tour stops were spotlighted in the 2005 live DVD Paul McCartney In Red Square. The documentary features footage from McCartney's historic Moscow and St. Petersburg concerts, along with a bonus film titled Behind The Curtain: Memories From Red Square, and another featurette, that shows how the history of the Soviet Union played out in the 1960s against the history of the Beatles.
  • In the Behind The Curtain film, McCartney says he's gratified that his music helped Russians to feel free: "This was like, just, ordinary people who'd come through this interesting transition, who suddenly were allowed the freedom of their own ideas. And to me, I'm very proud and excited to be a part of that. That, to me, is, like, what it's really about -- come on, we're all people on the Earth -- and I get to be there at the right time and the right place to help this process. That's something you can be really proud of."

FAST FACTS

  • Of all the California venues that the Beatles performed at during their 1964, 1965, and 1966 North American tours, Paul McCartney has only returned to play two as a solo act.
  • During Wings' sole North American tour, McCartney returned to Daly City, California's Cow Palace on June 13th and 14th, 1976. The Beatles had kicked off its 1964 North American tour dates at the Cow Palace on August 19th, 1964. A year later, the band closed its North American tour there on August 31st, 1965.
  • McCartney has performed at L.A.'s Hollywood Bowl three times during his solo years. He and his band played on April 16th, 1993 as part of the multi-act Earth Day concert, which featured Ringo Starr joining McCartney along with a cast of dozens joining in during the "Hey Jude" finale. McCartney went on to play two further nights at the Bowl on March 30th and 31st, 2010.
  • The Beatles performed at the Hollywood Bowl three times -- on August 23rd, 1964 and August 29th and 30th, 1965 -- with the shows resulting in the only officially released live Beatles album, 1977's George Martin-produced, The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl.
  • In addition to Dodger Stadium and Candlestick Park, the only other California venue that McCartney hasn't performed at since his Beatles days is San Diego's Balboa Stadium, which the Beatles performed at on August 28th, 1965 -- the night after they met Elvis Presley.

CHECK IT OUT: Paul McCartney on June 20th, 2004 performing "Back In The U.S.S.R" live in St. Petersburg, Russia:


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