Press Release- Good Evening Europe Tour 2009
New European Tour Announced Including Paul's Only UK Date In 2009
Following a massive tour of the US this summer, Paul McCartney today
announces his first European Tour since 2004. This December will see
Macca play seven special arena shows across Europe, culminating with
his first ever public performance at London's O2 Arena, which will be
his only UK date of this year.
Other firsts on this tour will include shows at Berlin's O2 World
venue and Dublin's The O2. Paul's legendary live performances are a
once in a lifetime opportunity to experience. The audience gets to
re-live some of the greatest moments in music from the last 50 years,
many of which have become the soundtrack to living. Paul commences his
tour in Hamburg ‚ a city he is very familiar with. Incredibly,
it's now 49 years since The Beatles historic visit, which created rock
folklore and put Hamburg on the map as a musical Mecca for hundreds
and thousands of music pilgrims over the years.
This will be Paul's first time back in Hamburg (as well as Arnhem,
Cologne and Dublin) since his 2003 "Back In The World" tour.
Meanwhile, the people of Berlin will get their first Paul McCartney
concert in 16 years, since 1993's "New World Tour"! December
will take Paul back to Paris for the first time since he played an
intimate club show at the Olympia in 2007. London's O2 Arena will host
Paul's final show of 2009 where he will bring the year to an end on a high.
This will be his ONLY live show in the UK this year! Paul's last UK
show was a massive sellout concert at Anfield Stadium in 2008. At the
time the Liverpool Echo wrote, "If Anfield had a roof, Macca
would have blown it off." The O2 Arena does have a roof so it's
set to be a massive night of excitement and rock n' roll Macca style!
Although this is Paul's first public performance at the O2 Arena he is
very familiar with the venue. In 2004, before the O2 Arena was up and
running as the world's greatest music venue, Paul used the Millennium
Dome (as it was known then) for rehearsals for his massive stadium
"04 Summer Tour" which ended with Paul headlining the
Glastonbury Festival which has gone down in rock history as the
greatest festival moment ever. Although his rehearsals at the
Millennium Dome were meant to be top secret, he was soon rumbled when
a near by resident complained about the rock 'n roll noise upsetting
his cat! Speaking about the tour, Paul said: "This is my
chance to bring our current show home to where it all began.
Starting in Hamburg, ending in London and rocking everywhere in
between. I'm very much looking forward to ending the year on a
high." What a year 2009 has been for Paul. He kicked it off
by teaming up with Dave Grohl to perform "I Saw Her Standing
There" at the Grammys, where he was also nominated for two
awards. In April, Paul performed in New York at the David Lynch
Foundation's benefit concert, "Change Begins Within". He was
joined on stage with Ringo Starr for a special finale. Paul also
headlined the Coachella Festival (his first US festival appearance)
and performed a show to mark the opening of The New Joint at the Hard
Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, a gig which sold out in seven
seconds, setting a new sales record with tickets selling at a rate of
600 a second.
July 11th took Paul to Halifax, Nova Scotia for his first ever
concert there, which took place on the Halifax Commons. The mayor of
Halifax described the show as the largest and most exciting concert in
its 260-year history. Following Halifax, Paul embarked on a five-week
tour of the US; 'Summer Live '09'. The tour commenced with the
inaugural run of shows at New York's Citi Field Stadium, which was the
site of the former Shea Stadium where The Beatles made history in 1965
when they played a concert that set the precedent for the modern day
stadium rock show.
Critics hailed the Citi Field performances, seen by over 120,000
people, as the concert experience of a lifetime. The tour concluded in
Dallas on the 19th of August. For those of you who won't be able to
make it to one of the European shows this Christmas you can re-live
the Macca magic with 'Good Evening New York City', a multi-disc CD/DVD
featuring performances recorded at New York‚Äôs Citi
Field from Paul's 'Summer Live '09' tour.
THE DATES IN FULL: 2nd December - Hamburg, Color Line Arena 3rd
December - Berlin, O2 World 9th December - Arnhem, Gelredome 10th
December - Paris, Bercy 16th December - Cologne, Koln Arena 20th
December - Dublin, The O2 22nd December - London,The O2 Arena London
ticket details. Tickets available from Monday 26th October: Box
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