Paul McCartney Confirms He'll Play the Final Concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park
-- After months of speculation, Paul McCartney has confirmed that he will play the very last concert that will be held at San Francisco's Candlestick Park before the stadium is demolished. The show has been scheduled for August 14, which currently makes it the final date of the Beatles legend's 2014 U.S. tour. Sir Paul has a strong historic connection to Candlestick Park, as the venue was the site of The Beatles' last official concert, on August 29, 1966.
Tickets for the show, which has been dubbed Farewell to Candlestick: The Final Concert, will go on sale to the general public on Monday, May 5, at 10 a.m. PT. American Express Card holders will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting on Thursday, May 1, at 10 a.m.
Phil Ginsberg, director of San Francisco's Recreation and Parks Department, told the San Francisco Chronicle that his department worked hard to make the McCartney concert happen. "We just kept pushing and were persistent and drove the deal down the field," he said.
Word that McCartney was interested in playing the last show at Candlestick dates back to August 2013, when San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee revealed to the Chronicle that the rock superstar had suggested doing the performance when they chatted just before his set at the city's Outside Lands Festival.
In July 2008, McCartney took part in a farewell concert for another stadium with ties to Beatles history. He joined Billy Joel for a surprise performance at the final music show held at New York City's Shea Stadium, where the Fab Four played a pair of famous gigs in the mid-1960s.
The U.S. leg of Paul's Out There World Tour, which gets under way June 14 in Lubbock, Texas, now includes a total of 16 dates. Visit PaulMcCartney.com to check out his full schedule.
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