Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Paul McCartney U.S. Tour announcement press release


U.S. TOUR  2017


Tickets On Sale To The General Public Beginning April 29

© MPL Communications Ltd/Photographer: MJ Kim
Paul McCartney has added a massive new run of U.S. dates to his One On One tour.

The newly announced dates kick off July 5th at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena—Paul’s first Miami appearance since his Up & Coming Tour hit Sun Life Stadium in 2010—then head northwest to Tampa, where Paul will play July 10th at the Amalie Arena, returning to the city for the first time since his 2005 US Tour. From there, One On One takes Paul to three cities and venues he’s never played before: July 13th at the Infinity Energy Arena in Duluth, GA. July 15th at CenturyLink Center in Bossier City LA, and July 19th at the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita KS.  On July 21st Paul plays the  Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines IA followed by a July 23rd stop at CenturyLink Center in Omaha NE, returning to both cities for the first time since 2005’s US Tour. The tour’s July run concludes on the 25th at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park in Tinley Park IL—Paul’s first appearance in the region since his now-legendary 2015 Lollapalooza headline.

One On One’s 2017 U.S. run will resume with Paul’s first ever show at the Prudential Center in Newark NJ on September 11th.Paul will then take up residence in New York City, playing his first full show at Madison Square Garden since 2005 on September 15th, then getting back to the scene of his unforgettable 2013 Brooklyn shows to play the Barclays Center on September 19th. Paul will then head upstate to make his debut appearance in   Syracuse NY, playing the Carrier Dome on September 23rd, followed on September 26th by Paul’s first show at Long Island’s NYCB Live’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum since 2002’s Driving USA Tour. One On One’s fall dates will draw to a close October 1st at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena, Paul’s first show at the brand new venue and first visit to the Motor City since 2015.

Paul McCartney’s One On One tour opened April 13, 2016 with Paul’s debut concert in Fresno CA. The show, which opened with Paul’s first performance of “A Hard Day’s Night” since The Beatles last played it 1965, drew instant and unanimous raves from near ("McCartney’s abundance of natural charm and charisma made this sold-out arena show feel and more like a really big piano bar”—The Fresno Bee) and far ("nearly three hours of music that moved gracefully from the intimate to the explosive... the emphasis never drifted from the music, ranging from generational anthems to post-Beatles deep cuts”—Rolling Stone). One On One has since logged 36 shows and counting, spanning the globe from North and South America to the UK and Europe and a current run of Japanese dates. Venues have ranged from packed stadiums and arenas to one of the most intimate gigs of Paul’s solo career to date at the 300-capacity Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace in tiny Pioneertown, CA. One On One’s 2016 run wrapped up with two headlining sets at the historic Desert Trip festival in Indio, CA, which featured surprise guest appearances from Neil Young and Rihanna—a fitting coda to a tour that featured Paul joined on encores by the likes of Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic in Seattle, Jimmy Fallon in Vancouver, and both Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski at a record-breaking show at Boston’s Fenway Park.

The Paul McCartney live experience is everything any music lover could ever want from a rock show—and so much more: Nearly three hours worth of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music, dozens of songs that have formed the soundtracks of our lives. Paul and his band have played an unparalleled range of venues and locations: outside the Coliseum in Rome, Moscow’s Red Square, Buckingham Palace, The White House, a free show in Mexico for over 400,000 people, the last ever show at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park where The Beatles played their final concert 1966, and even one performance broadcast live into Space! Featuring Paul’s band of the last 10+ years – Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson(guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums) – the show is never anything short of life-changing.

As with every Paul McCartney tour, One On One features dozens of classics from the most beloved catalog in popular music, spanning Paul’s entire career–as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle—and no shortage of surprises. State of the art audio and video technology ensure an unforgettable experience from every seat in the house: Massive screens, lasers, fireworks and, of course, a staggering selection of the best songs ever written or performed make every Paul McCartney show a once in a lifetime event that transcends and elevates the potential of live music.

The first public on sale of this run will be April 29th for the July 25th Tinley Park, IL date.

Tickets for the July 1st-23rd and October 1st dates will be on sale to the public May 1st.

Public on sale for the September dates will start May 5th.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, April 26th at 10am local time through Sunday, April 30th at 10pm local time for Bossier City, LA, Wichita, KS, Des Moines, IA, Omaha, NE, Syracuse, NY, Detroit, MI, Miami, FL, Tampa, FL, and Duluth, GA and beginning Monday, May 1st at 10am local time through Thursday, May 4th at 10pm  local time for New York, NY, Brooklyn, NY, Uniondale, NY, and Newark, NJ.

Check http://paulmccartney.com/ for more information and check out an exclusive behind the scenes rehearsal video here.

North American Tour 2017

July 5 — Miami FL -- AmericanAirlines Arena

July 10 — Tampa FL — Amalie Arena

July 13 —  Duluth GA — Infinite Energy Arena

July 15 -- Bossier City LA — CenturyLink Center

July 19 — Wichita KS -- INTRUST Bank Arena

July 21 — Des Moines IA -- Wells Fargo Arena

July 23 — Omaha NE -- CenturyLink Center

July 25 — Tinley Park IL -- Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park

September 11 — Newark NJ — Prudential Center

September 15 — New York NY -- Madison Square Garden

September 19 -- Brooklyn NY -- Barclays Center

September 23 — Syracuse NY — Carrier Dome

September 26 — Uniondale NY -- NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

October 1 — Detroit MI -- Little Caesars Arena

Monday, April 24, 2017

Special report: Paul McCartney arrives in Japan

Jash Taniguchi sent this report on Paul McCartney's rehearsal at Nippon Budokan: 

Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy went cycling in Hibiya Park in Tokyo noon on April 24, the day after the arrival in Japan. The band members and tour staff were seen around The Peninsula Hotel Tokyo.

Merchandise items began to be sold at Nippon Budokan at 2:30 p.m. On the tour official website etc, it was said they would be selling between 14:00 to 20:00, but merchandise items actually started to be sold around 14:30. There were dozens of people lined up after the start of sales, and he indicated there were long lines of people trying to get items. 

Paul McCartney, who is opening the tour at Nippon Budokan before 18:00 pm. He waved to fans from the car as he arrived. 

Then the rehearsal began. Fans who were outside the venue could hear the rehearsal. He finished before 20:00 (8 p.m.). 

Rehearsal track list: 
(spoiler alert)

2017.4.24 Rehearsal at Nippon Budokan Setlist

Honey Hush
I've Got A Feeling
Junior's Farm
I Wanna Be Your Man
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [Reprise]
Back In The U.S.S.R.
My Valentine
Miss Ann
Here, There And Everywhere
Every Night
I've Just Seen A Face
Being For The Benefit Of Mr.Kite
Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End

Saturday, April 22, 2017

It's a hard day's night ... (Beatles movie alert)

Movie alert: "A Hard Day's Night" airs on TCM (Turner Classic Movies) on Sunday at 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. Pacific Time.

And be sure to visit the That's What I Want Beatles Store, a totally Fab place to explore. And where you'll find the Sgt. Pepper 50th anniversary sets at a great price (and free shipping for Amazon Prime members), the Paul McCartney "Flowers in the Dirt" reissue and much much more.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

More South America and ? for Paul McCartney

More rumors about Paul McCartney playing in South America. (Photo courtesy Nasty Little Man)
As we've reported, indications are Paul McCartney, who is about to begin dates in Japan next week, is making preparations for shows in South America. A new date reported by Rolling Stone in Brazil, - Oct. 17 in Belo Horizonte, is the same city where he opened the Out There tour in 2013. No South America dates have been officially announced yet, but we hear there will be news soon -- and not just about South America. (Thanks to A.X. for the tip.)

And don't forget to pay a visit to the That's What I Want Beatles Store, the totally Fab place to explore. And where you'll find the Sgt. Pepper 50th anniversary sets at a great price (and free shipping for Amazon Prime members), the Paul McCartney "Flowers in the Dirt" reissue and much much more.

MOJO with Pepper out Thursday

More info at this link.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Looks like Paul McCartney is planning South American shows

It looks like Paul McCartney is planning to return to South America this year. Writer Mario Adolfo reported today (and relayed to us by Elio Sant'Anna) that plans are in the works for Paul McCartney to perform in Brazil in October in Manaus. Adolfo also reported that El Globo reporter Ancelmo Gois has written that Paul will perform in Brazil for the 50th anniversary of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." The city of Salvador has been mentioned as a possible site. Sant'Anna also tells us a third city, Curitiba, has been mentioned. Paul's reps have been seen in Brazil. McCartney has only announced shows in Japan so far. Stay tuned. 

Speaking of "Sgt. Pepper," advance orders for the Super Deluxe 50th anniversary "Sgt. Pepper" sets are still strong. As of today, over a week after they were announced, they are the #4 overall seller on Amazon.com. (By comparison, it's #37 on Amazon.co.uk in Great Britain.)

Be sure to check out our That's What I Want Beatles Store for everything Beatles. It's a great place to explore. Order your set from one of the links below:

Monday, April 10, 2017

Big box Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper' still selling strong on Amazon

 Pre-orders for the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" sets on Amazon.com have settled down a little from the barn-busting first couple of days, but they are still doing very well and fans are still going for the one with the most content.. The 6-disc Super Deluxe 50th Anniversary set (4 CDs/DVD and Blu-ray) set, while not #1 across the board on Amazon.com, is still, as of April 10, #1 in its Rock CDs and Vinyl category, and #3 in its Music and its Pop CDs and Vinyl categories. Oh, and the price is now down to $128.24, the lowest it's been so far. 

The other sets aren't doing so bad for an almost 50-year-old album. The 2-CD set is #24 in Music, #11 in Rock CDs and Vinyl and #23 in Pop CDs and Vinyl. The two-disc Vinyl set is #31 in Music, #17 in Rock CDs and Vinyl and #30 in Pop CDs and Vinyl. Only the single Anniversary Edition CD is way down there at #773 in Music,  #450 in Rock CDs and Vinyl and #727 in Pop CDs and Vinyl. By contrast, the Paul McCartney 2-disc version of the new "Flowers in the Dirt" reissue is selling better on Amazon than the 4-disc version.

Be sure to check out our That's What I Want Beatles Store for everything Beatles. It's a great place to explore. Order your set from one of the links below: