About Paul McCartney
Son of James and Patricia, Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool, England on June 18, 1942. McCartney was bright as a child, passing the 11-plus exam in 1953 and enrolling in the Liverpool Institute. There he met future Beatles bandmate George Harrison, whom he befriended on the bus to school. Music had a strong presence in McCartney’s family; his father was a trumpet player and encouraged him to learn the piano. He received a trumpet from his father on his fourteenth birthday, though aptly traded it in for an electric guitar as rock and roll began to envelop England in the late-1950s.
In the latter half of the decade, McCartney was asked to join The Quarrymen, and after several name changes the band agreed on The Beatles prior to a short show residency in Hamburg in 1960. Following bassist Stuart Sutcliffe’s departure, McCartney switched his role as rhythm guitarist to bassist to compensate. Drummer Pete Best was dismissed and Ringo Starr served as his replacement, and the band’s permanent lineup, which also contained Harrison and guitarist John Lennon, was set in stone.
The band’s first international hit was “Love Me Do”, which was recorded in 1962 and received critical acclaim in the U.S. by 1964. “Beatlemania” in the States soon followed as The Beatles enveloped North America, cementing their invasion with a February 9, 1964 appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. While it is largely argued how many official albums the band released, 27 studio albums exist and are accredited with helping shape the backbone of rock and roll music throughout the world.
Following the height of Beatlemania, McCartney and his three bandmates sought to break from the clean, pop image they were so universally known for. The quartet entered the studio in December of 1966 to begin production on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which would later be critically acclaimed as the first concept album ever written. Sgt. Pepper’s flaunted a more mature and experimental sound that The Beatles had yet to explore. In 1968, it won 4 Grammy Awards, making it the first rock album to even win the prestigious award, let alone four in the same year.
The Beatles released their final studio album, Abbey Road, in 1969. Mounting personal tension and business disagreements made McCartney officially leave the band the following year. Now on his own, McCartney released his eponymously named self-titled debut in 1970 and would go on to form the band Wings with his then-wife Linda in 1971. The band released seven studio albums throughout the decade, culminating with 1979’s Back to the Egg. Much like The Beatles, the band dissolved due to contractual and royalty disagreements.
McCartney has been involved in numerous plays, orchestral sections and solo projects since the early 1980s. As a solo artist, he has 24 studio albums, eight live albums, 77 singles and 13 video albums. He continues to be a touring force, headlining popular musical festivals like Lollapalooza and Firefly while also seeing significant ticket demand for solo gigs. With a musical career transcending seven decades, Paul McCartney is largely considered one of the modern era’s most distinguished, important and influential musicians. Nearly 60 years of hit albums, cultural movements and success can attribute to as much.
Paul McCartney News
4-28-15: Paul McCartney will be on a busy festival circuit this summer, but the former Beatle has found time to add three solo gigs in June to his upcoming tour itinerary. Following his performance at this year’s Firefly Music Festival in Delaware on June 19, he’ll play Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on June 21, the John Paul Jones Arena in Virginia on June 23 and the Colonial Life Arena in South Carolina on June 25.
McCartney will make his first-ever appearance at the John Paul Jones Arena and play his first show in South Carolina since 1993. The iconic musician plays two more festivals in July, stopping at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark on July 4 and the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago on July 31.
6-25-14: Even with having to overcome illness, Paul McCartney is looking to start his new tour strong. Despite re-scheduling many dates and pushing the kick-off to July 5th in Albany, Sir Paul continues to add dates. His newest announcement is the Greensboro Coliseum on October 30th. It will mark McCartney's first concert in the city.
6-9-14: The same illness that caused Paul McCartney to postpone some of his asian tour dates has caused a delay in his North American portion of the tour. His scheduled June performances in Lubbock, New Orleans, Dallas, Atlanta, Nashville, Jacksonville, and Louisville have now been set for October 2014. The US tour will now kick off July 5th in Albany.
Paul McCartney Tour Dates
OUT THERE TOUR DATES
5/4/13 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil @ Mineirao Stadium
5/6/13 – Goiania, Brazil @ Serra Dourada Stadium
5/9/13 – Fortaleza, Brazil @ Castelao Stadium
5/18/13 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
5/19/13 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
5/22/13 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
5/23/13 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
5/26/13 – Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum
5/29/13 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
5/30/13 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
6/22/13 – Warsaw, Poland @ Stadion Narodowy
6/25/13 – Verona, Italy @ Teatro Romano
6/27/13 – Vienna, Austria @ Ernst Happel Stadion
7/9/13 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
7/12/13 – Washington, D.C. @ Nationals Park
7/14/13 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
7/16/13 – Milwaukee WI @ Miller Park
7/19/13 – Seattle, WA @ Safeco Field
04/19/14 - Montevideo, UY @ Estadio Centenario
04/21/14 - Santiago, CL @ Movistar Arena
04/22/14 - Santiago, CL @ Movistar Arena
04/25/14 - Lima, PE @ Estadio Nacional
04/28/14 – Quito, EC @ Estadio de Liga
03/0/14 – San Jose, CR @ Estadio Nacional
05/1/14 - Tokyo, JP @ National Stadium
05/18/14 - Tokyo, JP @ National Stadium
05/24/14 – Osaka, JP @ Yanmar Stadium
05/28/14 – Seoul, KR@ Jasmil Sports Complex
06/14/14 – Lubbock, TX @ United Spirit Arena
06/16/14 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
06/19/14 – New Orleans, LA @ The Smoothie King Center
06/21/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
06/22/14 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
06/25/14 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
06/26/14 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
07/05/14 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
07/07/14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center
07/09/14 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
07/12/14 – Fargo, ND @ Fargodome
07/14/14 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
07/16/14 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
08/02/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Field
08/07/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ EnergySolutions Arena
08/10/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium
08/14/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Candlestick Park
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