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.
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Paul McCartney News
4-13-16: More tour dates are on the ledger for Paul McCartney this summer. The iconic performer on Wednesday announced four more shows in July and August. He'll hit U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA an MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Tickets for the Cincinnati show go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. local time April 18. Tickets for the Philadelphia, Hershey and East Rutherford gigs go on sale at 10 a.m. local time April 22.
3-10-16: Paul McCartney has announced his first tour dates of 2016. The Beatle will make nine stops across the globe between April and June. Seven of those shows will be held in North America in April and May, including back-to-back stops at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Check out the complete list of Paul McCartney tour dates in the "Schedule" tab above.
8-25-15: Paul McCartney has added more dates to his fall run across North America. The seminal musician will play five shows in October, making stops in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Toronto, Detroit and Buffalo. Among notable venues he'll hit include the Air Canada Centre, Joe Louis Arena and First Niagara Center.
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.
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2016 One on One Tour Dates
04/13 – Fresno, CA @ SaveMart Arena
04/15 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
04/17 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
04/19 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
04/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
04/30 – Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
05/02 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
06/12 – Landgraaf, NL @ Pinkpop Festival
06/30 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/10 – Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena
07/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park
07/19 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
08/07 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium