Summer Live '09 Tour
The Summer Live 09 tour was Paul McCartney’s fourth North American concert tour of the 21st Century. The tour is best remembered perhaps for Paul’s three nights at the new Citi Field in New York City on July 17th, 18th and 21st, due to the special significance of the venue. When The Beatles played Shea Stadium (as it was then) on August 15th, 1965, it was the first rock concert in a major stadium, with a sold-out crowd of 55,600. The Beatles at Shea pioneered the stadium concert business, not to mention mega-festivals like Woodstock, but, more importantly, that concert established rock music as the pre-eminent popular art form of the 20th century and The Beatles as its reigning royalty. It was Paul's first tour in four years, and The Beatles were in the air once again, thanks to the hoopla over the reissue of their catalogue, concurrent with the release of the Beatles edition of video game Rock Band. Over the three nights at Citi Field, 109,397 people watched Paul run through a string of classics (36 to be precise) from his varied musical career. On this occasion, McCartney wielded a mammoth sound system and video screens several stories high, making sure everyone present could join in the fun.