Free Show Confirmed - May 10th at the Zócalo
Saturday May 5 - Estadio Omnilife Guadalajara Mexico
May 8 - Azteca Stadium, Mexico City
Thursday May 10 - The
Zócalo, Mexico City
Paul McCartney has confirmed the addition of a completely free
third concert to the Mexico leg of his 2012 On The Run extravaganza.
The free show will take place Thursday May 10 at 9 p.m. in The
Zócalo, the main plaza in the heart of Mexico City.
The region's primary venue for national celebration, The
Zócalo has been a historic gathering place dating back to Aztec days.
It has hosted everything from royal proclamations and military parades
to independence ceremonies and religious events. The Zócalo has also
received numerous foreign dignitaries and heads of state over the
years, making it the perfect site for Paul to give the gift of a free
concert to the city that made his previous visit the fastest-selling
show in the country's history.
Reached for comment, Paul said, "Thanks to the Mayor and
the people of Mexico for making this beautiful site available for our
show. Also thanks to the sponsors and promoters who made this
possible. We're really excited to play this one-off event - We're
ready to rock!"
Paul's previously announced stadium dates Saturday May 5 at
Estadio Omnilife in Guadalajara and Tuesday May 8 at Azteca Stadium in
Mexico City and now the free Zócalo concert - mark his first Mexican
appearances since his Up And Coming Tour in 2010. The first of that
tour's two shows at Mexico City's Foro Sol Stadium on May 27 2010
shattered records, as 60,000 tickets were snapped up in within mere
minutes of going on sale. Sources at Ticketmaster Mexico speculated
that tickets could have gone even more quickly had technology been
able to keep up with overwhelming demand. A second show was added on
May 28 2010 and both shows instantly became the stuff of local legend,
along with Paul's 2002 three-night stand at the Palacio de los
Deportes and his first visit on 1993's New World Tour, and deservedly
so: It's unlikely that Mexico will ever experience such enthusiastic
singalongs and impressive synchronized cigarette lighter work again -
that is, until Paul returns!
Not even three months in, 2012 is already proving yet another
banner year for Paul McCartney. One week in February alone saw more
and greater experiences and accolades for Paul than most artists rack
up in a lifetime: The same week that Paul's new Kisses On The Bottom
album was released, Paul received his star on the Hollywood Walk of
Fame, which finally took its rightful place alongside those of John
Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in front of the famed Capitol
Records building. That evening Paul would perform the bulk of his new
album Kisses On The Bottom in an exclusive concert streamed live on
iTunes from the intimate confines of Capitol Studios and featuring a
stellar ensemble anchored by Diana Krall and Joe Walsh, among others.
The following evening, Paul was honored for his musical and
philanthropic achievements as Person of the Year at the annual
MusiCares gala fund-raiser that featured the likes of Foo Fighters,
Norah Jones, Tony Bennett, Alison Krauss, Neil Young, Alicia Keys,
James Taylor, Sergio Mendes, Coldplay, Duane Eddy and Katy Perry
honoring Paul with interpretations of classics from his peerless
catalogue - and raising a record $6.5 million-plus to provide medical
care and other emergency assistance for musicians in need. Paul
concluded that monumental week at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards,
beginning the evening with the Band On The Run: Paul McCartney Archive
Collection Deluxe Edition winning Best Historical Album, and later
wowing the 39-million-strong second-largest Grammy viewership in
history with both extremes of his vast musical spectrum: First with a
spellbinding rendering of "My Valentine," then with a
rousing Abbey Road medley finale, culminating in the most epic jam
session in the history of American television, as Bruce Springsteen,
Joe Walsh and Dave Grohl joined Paul and the band to bring the house
down with a six-guitar crossfire.
And as Paul closed the Grammys with those immortal
words--"And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love
you make" - they rang true as ever as an expression of the love
that Paul McCartney and his fans continue to give and receive from one
another--and that Guadalajara and Mexico City will undoubtedly be
sharing in abundance come this May.