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Old May 30, 2009, 02:49 PM   #1
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Report Says Paul McCartney Will Play Citi Field

http://www.wpix.com/news/local/wpix-...,3072292.story

QUEENS. N.Y. (WPIX) - You can still hear the screams of girls young and old from that historic August 15, 1965 first ever concert at Shea Stadium. The Beatles rocked New York 44 years ago and now a web site is boasting that former Beatle Paul McCartney will be the first to perform a concert at the brand new home of the New York Mets, Citi Field.

Ticketnews.com says reliable touring industry executives have indicated that Sir Paul's only confirmed concert right now is on July 11 at the Halifax Commons in Halifax, NS. The New York Mets play their last game before the All-Star break July 12 and do not return to Citi Field until July 27.

The sources say that McCartney's Flushing performance, possibly July 17-18 with a third show July 21, will be promoted by AEG Live and that an official announcement could come in a few weeks.

Billy Joel was the last to play at Shea Stadium, but McCartney did make a guest star appearance. In addition to the Beatles playing at Shea Stadium, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, The Who, The Police, Elton John, Eric Clapton and Simon & Garfunkel also brought music fans to Big Shea.
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Old May 30, 2009, 04:13 PM   #2
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Heard about this, I really hope it happens, even though if i go i'll end up really broke. It's worth it for Paul though!
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Those lucky people will get to see Paul!

I wish he'd play in MY town!
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Alright!!!!! Who's up for a little summer in the city?
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That would be really awesome to see!
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I wonder when more information on this will be released!
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Old Jun 02, 2009, 10:48 PM   #7
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Paul McCartney to inaugurate Shea Stadium replacement

By Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY

http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/n...ti-field_N.htm

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 Monday.

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."
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Old Jun 03, 2009, 01:07 AM   #8
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You know, if I wasn't heading to the states a few weeks after those dates, I would SO be trying for a ticket!
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According to the website 507tixx.com, tickets go on sale Monday, June 15.



So who's up for a little cheesecake with relish? C'mon folks, I don't want to venture out to Queens by myself!
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Man, if it was ANY weekend other than that one or Beatlefest weekend, I would SO be there, but I have a family dealie that weekend that I can't get out of! WAH!!
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I really hope I can get tickets! Anyone want to take a guess on what the price range will be?
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Old Jun 03, 2009, 10:26 AM   #12
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Oh my my. *retires to fainting couch*

If he had announced just one day later, I would have tried for these tickets rather than Halifax. You tricky Paul, you! *pretend mad face*
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He looks so hot in that poster photo.
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Aw, crudbutt. I just realized I'll be away at a conference when the tickets go on sale.

Would it be too rude of me to jump up in the middle of the morning's presentation and scream "PAUL!!!! MUST BUY PAUL TICKETS NOW!!!" as I make a mad dash to the door? I don't think anyone would notice, do you?
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It's not even funny how much I want to go to one of those concerts. Seeing Paul in person would absolutely blow me away. I was completely freaking out when I read he was going to be in NY. And I've got money now (yay job), but trying to get tickets is going to be so hard.
They'll sell out in like 10 seconds.
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Kelli, you never know! There are 2 shows and a stadium holds a lot more people than an arena, so they may not sell out so quickly. The tickets also are NOT sold by Ticketmaster for once, so that might make a difference too. It's definitely worth a try!

I hope they release some info on ticket prices before the 15th.
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I hope they release some info on ticket prices before the 15th.
Me too.
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Okay well I got an email from a friend which totally blew my mind....some early release details on ticket prices from Stub Hub. Word is that these are unofficial and for season ticket holder pre-sales. I personally would never dream of paying anything like these prices for ANY gig. It is disgusting. SO yeah, I hope this is just some fake release to try and scare people off trying.

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$2,500.00 each
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5
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$1,883.00 each
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WOW. I REALLY hope those are not the prices.
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If that is the prices Paul McCartney should hang his head in shame!
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