Paul McCartney is ‘On The Run’
New tour dates announced – November/December 2011 From Abu Dhabi to
the UK - rock icon Paul McCartney to bring 2011 to a spectacular
close with eleven special shows across three different continents.
UK Tickets go on sale this Thursday (13 October) at 9am.
ticket information below.
In 2011 Paul still leads the way.
July saw Paul voted the
‘Best Live Act’ of the last year at the prestigious UK Nordoff Robbins
Silver Clef Awards. It was a public vote and Paul beat acts from a
shortlist of 30 including Muse, Green Day, Jay Z, Pink and Black Eyed Peas.
In the same month, Paul and his band of nearly ten years (Paul
‘Wix’ Wickens, Brian Ray, Rusty Anderson and Abe Laboriel Jr.)
embarked on their all new ‘On The Run’ tour.
The tour kicked off with a two-night run at New York’s iconic
Yankee Stadium and then took in six massive shows in North America and
Canada. The unrivalled feedback and reviews backed up the ‘Best Live
Act’ Award as well as cementing Paul’s reputation as one of the
world’s greatest performers ever.
Today, Paul announces his new ‘On The Run’ tour is coming home and
he will bring 2011 to a close with 11 special shows. Starting out with
his first ever show in U.A.E at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the tour
will then rock n’ roll into Europe and Russia. It concludes with a
concert in Paul’s hometown of Liverpool exactly a year to the day
since he played a tiny intimate show at Liverpool’s O2 Academy late
last year, which ended with Paul handing out hot drinks to fans
waiting outside the venue in freezing weather conditions.
Paul is already earning something of a reputation for his
extraordinary Christmas homecoming shows after a series of special UK
shows last December as well as his first ever, much talked about show
at London’s O2 Arena in December 2009. These new dates will also take
in the O2 Arena once more, Paul’s first visit back to the venue since
using it to rehearse for his massive 2010/2011 ‘Up and Coming’ tour.
As well as his first visit to Abu Dhabi, the ‘On The Run’ tour will
see Paul’s first ever live show in Bologna, Italy as well as his first
shows in Sweden and Finland in seven years.
He also returns to France, Germany and England and will make his
third ever appearance in Russia; his first of which was immortalised
in the historic 2003 DVD ‘Paul McCartney Live in Red Square’ and his
last being in 2004 in St Petersburg.
Paul said, “Playing live is one of the most exciting parts of my
job. I'm really looking forward to the next run of shows and to
playing places that I have never played before with my band. I'll be
starting with my first ever U.A.E concert and from there I’m on the
run across Europe and Russia, before finally getting back to my
hometown of Liverpool in time for Christmas. My audiences seem to
get better each year and the band and I love the buzz and feedback
that they give us. I can't wait to see you all for some wild nights
of rock n' roll and partying”
As anyone who has seen it will confirm, the Paul McCartney live
experience goes so much further than simply a normal concert.
Throughout, Paul takes his audience on an emotional journey that
touches everyone in a different way. Whether performing to just 200 or
500,000 people, Paul has the ability to connect with everyone in the
audience. When this is coupled with the most envied and respected back
catalogue in music, you have the ingredients for a once in a lifetime experience.
On stage, Paul barely has time to catch his breath as he jumps from
instrument to instrument, bounds tirelessly around the stage and sings
nearly 40 songs - the ultimate value for money show. In a lifetime of
performing, Paul has played a truly staggering range of venues and
locations. From pub gigs to huge outdoor parks and stadiums;
unannounced stripped-back university shows with Wings to performing at
Buckingham Palace, Paul has even played into Space, in Moscow’s Red
Square and at the White House to name just a few.
In recent years, Paul’s live shows have even acquired a new
legendary status, garnering unprecedented reviews from fans and
critics alike wherever he goes.
In 2010 Paul performed over 30 ‘Up and Coming’ tour dates across
North America, South America and the UK. Last year saw many career
firsts wherever the band played. These included rocking The White
House in front of President Barack Obama and his family in June when
Paul was made the first ever British recipient of the prestigious
Gershwin Prize For Popular Song. Paul returned to the White House
again in December (where even the President joked about Paul becoming
a regular there!) to be awarded with a Kennedy Center Honor.
Paul ended 2010 with a visit to Saturday Night Live in New York
City followed by a career landmark first ever performance at Harlem's
famed Apollo Theater on December 13 and three intimate homecoming
shows in the UK. He played the smallest club show of his career at
London’s legendary 100 Club to just 300 people, which made headlines
as far as China. The final two shows were at the Hammersmith Apollo
and at Liverpool’s O2 Academy, both of which broke venue box office records.
Paul kicked off his 2011 live agenda with his first ever show in
Peru, his first Chilean gig since 1993, and two blockbuster shows at
Rio de Janeiro's Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange, which also resulted
in the first ever concert to be broadcast live on the internet
throughout Latin America - allowing over 1.5 million fans who were
unable to snap up one of the 100,000 tickets to share in the magic.
Like his visits to South America in 2010, these trips resulted in
total and utter Macca-mania wherever he went.
Fans built makeshift ‘McCartney villages’ as they camped outside
the stadiums, waiting for days for the doors to open, in order to get
the best possible positions at the front of the crowd.
Over fifty years into his career, he continues to push boundaries,
perform to millions and make global news with countless monumental shows.
On The Run – Tour Dates
Sunday 13th November Grand Prix Circuit, Yas Arena, Yas Island Abu
Saturday 26th November Unipol Arena, Bologna, Italy
Sunday 27th November Mediolanumforum, Milan, Italy
Wednesday 30th November Omnisport Arena, Bercy, Paris, France
Thursday 1st December Laxness Arena, Koln, Germany Monday
5th December O2 Arena, London, England
Saturday 10th December The Globen, Stockholm, Sweden
Monday 12th December The Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland
Wednesday 14th December The Olympinski Arena, Moscow, Russia
Monday 19th December The MEN Arena, Manchester, England
Tuesday 20th December The Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
UK tickets go on sale this Thursday (13 October) at 9am.
Box office details: London The O2 Arena - 0844 856 0202
Manchester Evening News Arena - 0844 847 8000
Arena - 0844 8000 400
National - 0844 847 2450
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