By Phyllis Pollack
Paul McCartney’s first date of his upcoming, extensive 2010 Up and Coming’ tour will be in in Glendale, Arizona at the Jobing Arena on Sunday 28th March, 2010. He will also play the Hollywood Bowl. This McCartney tour will include McCartney playing in venues, places and locations at which he has never previously performed. The tour will also have the former Beatle re-visiting other spots.
McCartney’s experience sightseeing part of Route 66 two years ago may have added to his wanderlust for wanting to play in new places and in unique venues that he says will be part of this tour. McCartney decided he wanted to know why the Great Mother Road meant so much to so many people, so he hit the road with with Nancy Shevell in 2008. They pair never completed their sojourn, as they abruptly ended their first class version trip due to McCartney’s daughter Stella’s giving birth.
Hollywood residents wonder if McCartney may receive his star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame while he is in town for the concert at the Hollywood Bowl. A space has been reserved for Macca on Hollywood Boulevard. The star for the late George Harrison is at 1750 Vine, and most recently, Ringo Starr received one at the same block. The Beatles star, representing the entire group, is located at 7080 Hollywood Blvd.
The opening date of the tour will be Macca”s first appearance in Arizona since 2005’s mega US Tour which saw Paul rock out across America, performing 37 sell-out magical performances.
McCartney will play the legendary Hollywood Bowl for the first time since 1993. During Beatlemania, he first appeared at the Bowl with The Beatles almost five decades ago in August 1964 and then again a year later in August, 1965. These shows can be heard on the live album, The Beatles At Hollywood Bowl, which was not released until spring 1977.
The upcoming tour signifies McCartney’s first stateside shows subsequent to his brief Summer Live ’09 tour, which kicked off with his sold-out headliner at the Coachella Festival and a surprise performance for CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman on the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York. The Beatles had played in Holllywood on national television on The Ed Sullivan Show, further escalating the impact of the British Invasion. That film location is on the National Registry of Historic Places.
The ‘Summer Live ’09’ tour began in at New York’s Citi Field Stadium, the site of the former Shea Stadium, where The Beatles played the 1965 concert that set the bar for the modern day stadium rock show. Those performances can be heard on the CD/DVD set Good Evening New York City.
The upcoming tour will feature a typically diverse set list, and will feature 2 hours of songs that span the careers of The Beatles, Wings and Paul’s solo career. He will also play songs he has never performed live in the U.S., including a live premiere of “(I Want To) Come Home,” for which McCartney was nominated for an Academy Award for the track heard in the Robert De Niro movie ‘Everybody’s Fine’.
McCartney ended his Good Evening Europe tour to a close on the 22nd of December with his only UK show at London’s O2 Arena. The Rolling Stones also ended their Bigger Bang tour at the O2 Arena in 2007.
More shows will be announced on Macca’s website.
Watch a video of The Beatles playing on The Ed Sullivan Show forty-six years ago.