Up And Coming
The ironically-titled Up and Coming Tour began on March 28th 2010 in Arizona and went on to the legendary Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the first time Paul had played there since 1993. Paul first appeared at the Bowl with The Beatles 46 years previously in August 1964 and then again a year later in August 1965. The new tour then called at Miami before Paul played his first ever show in Puerto Rico. He then hurtled to Europe for shows in Dublin, the Isle of Wight, Glasgow, Cardiff and London. Amazingly, the Glasgow show was Paul’s first ever UK standalone stadium show, almost twenty years to the day since he last played in the city when he performed at the SECC during his world tour on 23rd June 1990. “The aim is to create an event, not just another concert,” tour director Barrie Marshall explained at the time. “Paul might ask me for some recommendations so we can mix it up a bit, for instance. It’s good to go to new places we’ve not been to before – that gives Paul and the entire team a challenge to get stuck into. Paul always makes the final decision and I always learn something new, he looks at things in a very different way.” The tour continued with dates in the US, Canada and South America and was a 100 per cent sell-out in every country visited. Paul was also awarded the prestigious Gershwin Prize from President Obama during the American leg of the tour.