Post by yerblues1968 on Jun 2, 2009 22:55:35 GMT -5
Sir Paul McCartney
PAUL McCARTNEY TO BE FIRST ARTIST TO PLAY NEW YORK CITI FIELD
ticketnews.com By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen
Fri, May 29th 2009 3:53 pm EST
TicketNews has learned through various reliable touring industry executives that Paul McCartney will be the first artist to perform at Citi Field in Flushing, NY. The three shows are currently scheduled for July 17-18, and the concerts, more than 40 years after McCartney's iconic performance at Flushing's Shea Stadium with The Beatles, will be promoted by AEG Live. An official announcement is probably two weeks down the line, and there may be a third date added on July 21.
The three concerts will occur during the New York Mets extended All-Star break: their last game is on July 12 and their next scheduled game is on July 27. The All-Star break is July 13-15.
The main entrance of New York's Citi Field.
Shea Stadium, which was rich in rock and roll history, was replaced by Citi Field as the Mets ballpark earlier this year. Billy Joel was the last performer to play Shea with two shows last fall and was presumed to be the rocker to inaugurate Citi Field.
In addition to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Jethro Tull, Grand Funk Railroad, The Who, Simon & Garfunkel, The Police and Elton John & Eric Clapton also performed at Shea.
McCartney's only upcoming confirmed concert is on July 15 at the Halifax Commons in Halifax, NS.
McCartney's publicist and AEG Live did not return queries about the upcoming shows.
Post by yerblues1968 on Jun 2, 2009 23:18:03 GMT -5
Sir Paul McCartney at Coachella on April 17, 2009.
PAUL McCARTNEY TO INAUGURATE SHEA STADIUM REPLACEMENT
USA TODAY by Edna Gundersen
June 2, 2009
LOS ANGELES — Hello, goodbye, hello, hello.
Not just a Beatles lyric Paul McCartney wrote, it's now his Queens, N.Y., datebook.
McCartney will play the first concerts at Citi Field, the new New York Mets ballpark that replaced storied Shea Stadium, where The Beatles made history 44 years ago. Tickets for the July 17-18 concerts go on sale June 15.
The Beatles' Shea appearance on Aug. 15, 1965, the first rock concert staged in a stadium, is a pop-culture milestone that set attendance and revenue records, drawing 55,000 fans and grossing $304,000, the highest take in box-office history to that point.
McCartney also popped up last July to perform with Billy Joel at the final Shea concert before the venue was demolished.
"I'm really looking forward to it," McCartney, 66, said backstage at Monday's news conference to preview The Beatles: Rock Band video game. "It feels right. It was great to open Shea, and if anyone had to close it, I wanted to be there. So now I got the offer to open Citi Field, and it's like, oh, yeah, got to do it. That's my venue."
He's planning a broad blend of Beatles, Wings and solo material, so a nugget from the brief '65 set list could pop up.
"There are a couple I'm flirting with, but I don't decide this far out," he says. Replays will feel new, even to returnees: "Nobody heard us then, including us!"
For the Mets organization to land McCartney as its inaugural entertainer is "the musical equivalent of a grand-slam home run in the bottom of the ninth with bases loaded," says Randy Phillips, president and CEO of AEG Live, which is promoting the concerts. The Beatles' Shea show "created a cultural change that has redefined contemporary music to this day. It seems only fitting that he should be chosen to christen this baseball palace."
McCartney's victorious return marks his third high-profile U.S. concert this year, after back-to-back April shows at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., and the Hard Rock Hotel's The Joint in Las Vegas. He'll perform July 11 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and additional U.S. dates are under consideration.
"As years go by, I think, 'This is when I thought I'd retire,' but I'm having too much fun," he says. "When you say to me 'Citi Field,' I go oooh inside. I'm hungry for that.
"If you like cheesecake, it doesn't matter how many you've had. You're still going to have the next one with relish."
Post by yerblues1968 on Jun 14, 2009 13:39:48 GMT -5
Paul McCartney at Coachella Music and Arts Festival in California on April 17, 2009.
PM.COM CITI FIELD PRE-SALE INFORMATION
A limited number of selected tickets have been held for a PM.com pre-sale for Paul's shows at Citi Field, New York City on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18.
The pre-sale stars tomorrow, June 12th at 10am (EST) and closes on June 13th at 12pm (EST).
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"I am really excited about playing Citi Field - The Beatles were the first to play at Shea Stadium and along with Billy Joel I was the last to sing at the old Shea. So to be the first to play this stadium is incredible. I am really looking forward to a buzzing show."
These inaugural concert events at Citi Field mark the latest in a series of landmark performances that link the beloved Beatle with New York City and the home of the Mets. Beginning with The Beatles’ legendary musical christening of Shea Stadium in 1965, and continuing with McCartney’s special appearance at Billy Joel’s Last Play at Shea show that closed the stadium last year, McCartney’s summer shows at Citi Field will once again mark a momentous occasion in the history of New York – and rock n’ roll itself.
Post by yerblues1968 on Jun 15, 2009 21:52:30 GMT -5
Sir Paul McCartney
PAUL ADDS THIRD NIGHT AT CITI FIELD
DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND, THIRD PAUL McCARTNEY CONCERT ADDED AT CITI FIELD TUESDAY, JULY 21
HISTORIC JULY 17 AND JULY 18 SHOWS SOLD OUT IN 5 MINUTES
Press Release newyork.mets.mlb.com
06/15/2009 11:21 AM ET
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Paul McCartney has added a third concert at Citi Field - the new home of the Mets - Tuesday, July 21. The addition of a third show follows overwhelming demand and unparalleled sales for his historic July 17 and July 18 concerts with all tickets selling out in just under five minutes.
Tickets for the additional show are on sale now online exclusively at www.507TIXX.com and by phone at 718-507-TIXX. All performances will be held rain or shine.
The Citi Field concerts on July 17, July 18 and July 21 will feature classics from McCartney's extensive catalog, including Beatles, Wings and solo career hits as well as selections from his most recent album Electric Arguments, released under his alias The Fireman.
These inaugural concert events at Citi Field mark the latest in a series of landmark performances that link the beloved Beatle with New York City and the home of the Mets. Beginning with The Beatles' legendary musical christening of Shea Stadium in 1965, and continuing with McCartney's special appearance at Billy Joel's Last Play at Shea show that closed the stadium last year, McCartney's summer shows at Citi Field will once again mark a momentous occasion in the history of New York - and rock n' roll itself.
Post by yerblues1968 on Jul 25, 2009 21:37:39 GMT -5
Paul McCartney at New York Citi Field.
CITI FIELD SET LIST Drive My Car Jet Only Mama Knows Flaming Pie Got To Get You Into My Life Let Me Roll It / Foxy Lady Highway The Long And Winding Road My Love Blackbird Here Today Dance Tonight Calico Skies Mrs Vanderbilt Eleanor Rigby Sing The Changes Band On The Run Back In The USSR I’m Down Something I’ve Got A Feeling Paperback Writer A Day In The Life/Give Peace A Chance Let It Be Live And Let Die Hey Jude --- Day Tripper Lady Madonna I Saw Her Standing There --- Yesterday Helter Skelter Get Back Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band / The End
The set list above was performed on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th July at Citi Field, NYC.
Post by yerblues1968 on Jul 25, 2009 23:38:07 GMT -5
Paul McCartney hugs Billy Joel who performed "I Saw Her Standing There" with him at Citi Field on July 17, 2009. Photo by Maggie Clarke.
McCARTNEY'S TOUR BRINGS SCREAMS, BEATLEMANIA BACK TO N.Y. ARENA
bloomberg.com Review by Jeffrey Burke
July 19 (Bloomberg) -- Paul McCartney has made them scream -- 44 years after his former band the Beatles played their opening U.S. stadium concert at the New York Mets’ home.
McCartney, 67, performed the first rock show at the $800 million Citi Field arena on July 17 before more than 40,000 bedazzled, adoring, eventually soaking-wet fans.
He plays Citi Field again on July 21 and his tour rolls out in August to Landover, Boston, Atlanta, Tulsa and Dallas.
The star got wet himself when something in the stage roof gave way, dousing his head and shirt. McCartney continued singing after the incident, which was one of the few surprises in the immaculate 2 1/2 hours’ set of more than 30 songs which started with a note-perfect replica of Drive My Car.
Before the evening turned from gray to rain on Friday, McCartney walked on to a high-tech black stage to revive Beatlemania for the world’s most successful band. Only some of his newer material was unfamiliar to the audience.
He used the same road-tested professionals of recent tours: keyboardist Paul Wickens, drummer Abraham Laboriel Jr., lead guitarist Rusty Anderson, and Brian Ray on rhythm and bass guitar. Billy Joel joined for I Saw Her Standing There.
From left to right: Rusty Anderson, Paul "Wix" Wickens, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Brian Ray, and Abraham "Abe" Laboriel Jr. Photo by Maggie Clarke.
At center was that well-known, barely worn voice of the knighted Briton, with his boyish tousled hair (now a curious auburn), slim figure and still soulful eyes.
After the second number, Jet, McCartney said he would “take a second to just drink it all in” and gazed around for a minute.
He was looking at an arena with a capacity of 41,800 for baseball. Now, though, sections had been closed where no sight lines were possible, while the field was covered with seats. Estimates of the audience went as high as 55,000. Tickets ranged from $49.50 to $275, and undercover policemen were thwarting scalpers outside.
Sir Paul often referred to the Beatles’ performances in the 1960s at the Mets’ former home, Shea Stadium. At that time the quartet played through the house P.A. -- which he imitated by speaking through his fist -- and could barely hear themselves because of the screaming of tens of thousands of teenage girls.
McCartney had fun eliciting a contemporary version of that hysteria by referring to the girlish madness of yore.
It was the screaming that David Singleton, 63, remembered from the 1965 concert. This time, the retired investment banker, who also served as secretary of finance for the state of Delaware, stood near the stage with his wife Elaine.
“I heard about 20,000 girls screaming their heads off,” Singleton said. As for the group, “Maybe I heard the beat, but I couldn’t say I heard their voices.”
Beatle songs dominated Friday night, including Paperback Writer, Let It Be, Blackbird, Eleanor Rigby, Hey Jude, Day Tripper, Lady Madonna and Yesterday.
Yet more memorable were the quiet solo performance of the John Lennon elegy Here Today and the literal pyrotechnics of Live and Let Die, McCartney’s James Bond theme.
Aside from the 10 flaming columns and fireworks that punctuated that song, the show relied on the charisma of Macca, as Britons call him, and the latest arena-concert technology.
Two screens flanking the stage were fed band shots by handheld, tracked and crane-mounted cameras. From 150 feet away, the sound was stunning, the instruments and vocals well defined, especially on the harmonies. Paperback Writer was angelic.
The video showed every twitch and sweat-bead of McCartney, and every tantrum-like scowl of the concentrated Laboriel.
Paul McCartney plays Let It Be on the piano.
McCartney raised his expressive eyebrows as he sang “Well, the rain exploded with a mighty crash.” Rain had come earlier as he sat at the piano for The Long and Winding Road. He was sometimes drowned out by people heartily singing along to each word of every oldie.
Why someone would pay $275 to drown out his or her hero with an instrument only just suitable for a shower stall is a question I’ll leave to the curmudgeons. Even an otherwise objective journalist was found on occasion to be bellowing a well-loved chorus or two.
Post by yerblues1968 on Oct 4, 2009 17:09:10 GMT -5
Sir Paul McCartney at Citi Field, New York.
PAUL McCARTNEY - A NEW ALBUM TO BE RELEASED IN NOVEMBER
PAUL McCARTNEY GOOD EVENING NEW YORK CITY
Multi-Disc CD/DVD Special Package Features Dazzling Performances of Beatles, Wings and Solo Classics From Citi Field, Formerly Shea Stadium, Historic Site of The Beatles’ Landmark 1965 Concert
US Release – 17th November FROM HEAR MUSIC/CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
UK Release – 23rd November Mercury Records
“It was three great nights for the band and for me personally it was very exciting to be back opening a new stadium on the site of the old Shea Stadium where we had played 44 years previously. Even more exciting because this time round you could hear us!”
Paul McCartney's historic three-night musical christening of New York's Citi Field, witnessed by 120,000-plus attendees and universally hailed as a concert experience for the ages, will be immortalized November 17 when Hear Music/Concord Music Group releases Good Evening New York City. This momentous musical experience will be available in two formats: a 3-disc (2 CD + 1 DVD) standard edition and a 4-disc (2 CD + 2 DVD) deluxe version featuring expanded packaging and a bonus DVD including McCartney's traffic-stopping, headline-making July 15 performance on the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee (including bonus numbers not aired on the Late Show with David Letterman broadcast). The set will also be made available in high quality vinyl. In any configuration, the 30+ songs and nearly 3 hours of music comprising Good Evening New York City are a must-have for attendees wishing to relive the July 17, 18 & 21 shows, those who couldn't get tickets and/or anyone interested in an audiovisual document of a living legend. Good Evening New York City marks McCartney’s 2nd release for Hear Music. The first was 2007’s highly acclaimed Memory Almost Full. The standard version of Good Evening New York City will be available at participating Starbucks company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada and wherever music is sold.
As the inaugural musical event at Citi Field, the site of the former Shea Stadium, the July 2009 shows held special significance not only for McCartney but for generations of his fans. The shows were performed on the same hallowed ground that The Beatles, in 1965, played the 34-minute show that would set the precedent for the modern day stadium rock show--and where in 2008 McCartney joined Billy Joel for the final rock show before the original stadium's demolition. As documented on Good Evening New York City, I'm Down from the 1965 set list was revived for the Citi Field shows, albeit this time played through a PA that was not overpowered by screaming fans (though there were still several thousand who tried). Other highlights of Good Evening New York City include faithful takes on Beatles classics Drive My Car, Got To Get You Into My Life, The Long And Winding Road, Blackbird, Eleanor Rigby, Back In The USSR, Paperback Writer, Let It Be, Hey Jude, Helter Skelter and more, plus Something rendered on ukulele gifted to Paul by George Harrison, and a tribute to John Lennon in the form of a medley of A Day In The Life and Give Peace A Chance. Wings era chestnuts include Band On The Run, My Love, Let Me Roll It and the pyrotechnic tour de force of Live And Let Die, while timeless McCartney solo material ranges from "Here Today" to the upbeat Flaming Pie and Dance Tonight to a pair of numbers from Electric Arguments, the 2008 album released under the alias of The Fireman.
The concert footage featured on Good Evening New York City standard edition features concert footage directed by Paul Becher, who has overseen live visuals for McCartney for some 200 performances and counting. The 33-song 2 hour 40 minute performances were shot in High Definition using 15 cameras and digital footage incorporated from 75 Flipcams handed out to fans over the course of the three night stand. The audio mix, in both stereo and 5.1, was handled by longtime McCartney engineer Paul Hicks, whose credits include the recent Beatles remasters, The Beatles Anthology, Let It Be... Naked, and two Grammy awards for his mixing work on the Beatles' Love album.
The deluxe edition bonus DVD will feature footage of McCartney's July 15 performance on the outdoor marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater, previously available only as a webcast on the Late Show with David Letterman website. The marquee set, which marked McCartney's return to the site of The Beatles U.S. television debut, generated front page headlines and literally stopped traffic as word of mouth generated a crowd that packed Broadway from Columbus Circle to Times Square.
Paul McCartney's July 17-21 Citi Field stand has already been unanimously hailed by critics and audiences alike as the concert experience of a lifetime. On November 17, Good Evening New York City will document it for the ages.
Post by yerblues1968 on Oct 18, 2009 21:45:42 GMT -5
PAUL McCARTNEY - GOOD EVENING NEW YORK CITY
GOOD EVENING NEW YORK CITY CD/DVD
US Release 17th November Hear Music/Concord Music Group
UK Release 23rd November Mercury Records
PAUL McCARTNEY'S HISTORIC CITI FIELD OPENING SHOW
GOOD EVENING NEW YORK CITY CD/DVD TRACK LISTING
DISC 1 - AUDIO CD
1. Drive My Car 2. Jet 3. Only Mama Knows 4. Flaming Pie 5. Got To Get You Into My Life 6. Let Me Roll It 7. Highway 8. The Long And Winding Road 9. My Love 10. Blackbird 11. Here Today 12. Dance Tonight 13. Calico Skies 14. Mrs. Vandebilt 15. Eleanor Rigby 16. Sing The Changes 17. Band On The Run
DISC 2 - AUDIO CD
1. Back In The USSR 2. I’m Down 3. Something 4. I’ve Got A Feeling 5. Paperback Writer 6. A Day In The Life / Give Peace A Chance 7. Let It Be 8. Live And Let Die 9. Hey Jude 10. Day Tripper 11. Lady Madonna 12. I Saw Her Standing There 13. Yesterday 14. Helter Skelter 15. Get Back 16. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band / The End
DISC 3 – DVD
1. Drive My Car 2. Jet 3. Only Mama Knows 4. Flaming Pie 5. Got To Get You Into My Life 6. Let Me Roll It 7. Highway 8. The Long And Winding Road 9. My Love 10. Blackbird 11. Here Today 12. Dance Tonight 13. Calico Skies 14. Mrs. Vandebilt 15. Eleanor Rigby 16. Sing The Changes 17. Band On The Run 18. Back In The USSR 19. I’m Down 20. Something 21. I’ve Got A Feeling 22. Paperback Writer 23. A Day In The Life / Give Peace A Chance 24. Let It Be 25. Live And Let Die 26. Hey Jude 27. Day Tripper 28. Lady Madonna 29. I Saw Her Standing There 30. Yesterday 31. Helter Skelter 32. Get Back 33. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band / The End
Paul's deluxe edition of 'Good Evening New York City' will be packed with extra special bonus material, including the video of Paul's traffic stopping performance on the Late Show. In addition there will also be the documentary 'Good Evening People', filmed by the audience at Citi Field sharing their Paul experiences. The final added extra is the full performance of 'I'm Down' from Citi Field.
LIVE ON THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN
1. Get Back 2. Sing The Changes 3. Coming Up 4. Band On The Run 5. Let Me Roll It 6. Helter Skelter 7. Back In The USSR
GOOD EVENING PEOPLE (Audience Documentary Film)
I’m Down (Full Performance)
Good Evening New York City is released on the 17th November in the US and the 23rd November in the UK.
Post by yerblues1968 on Nov 22, 2009 18:32:23 GMT -5
ABC's McCARTNEY TV SPECIAL ON THANKSGIVING RECALLS CITIFIELD, SHEA STADIUM SHOWS
Beatles Examiner Steve Marinucci
November 11, 12:48 PM
"Paul McCartney: Good Evening New York City," an hour long special featuring Paul McCartney talking about the CitiField concerts and the Beatles historic Shea Stadium show, will air at 10 p.m. PT/ET Nov. 26, the network announced Wednesday. (Check local listings.)
ABC says in the program, taken from nearly three hours of music and video, McCartney talks candidly about those early days and what it was like to return to a place where he performed at the height of Beatlemania.
The special will include footage and rare audio of the Beatles original concert at Shea Stadium.