Paul McCartney has added a second Fenway Park show to his upcoming tour itinerary. The pre-sale for the new show, set for June 8th, goes on sale today — Monday, February 28th — for American Express Card Members at 12 noon local time. General on-sale begins Friday, March 4th at 10 a.m. local time.
As it stands now, "Macca's" 14-date 2022 "Got Back" tour will kick off on April 28th at Spokane, Washington's Spokane Arena and wrap on June 16th at East Rutherford, New Jersey's Met Life Stadium — just two days before the former-Beatle's 80th birthday, which falls on June 18th.
Brian Ray, McCartney's touring guitarist for the past two decades, told us he's still amazed by his boss' onstage stamina: ["We get a break, and he doesn't. He stands up there in front of the crowd for another, I don't know, 20 minutes more than we do, doing his solo bit in the middle. We get a break, and I am flattened by the end of the night!"] SOUNDCUE (:12 OC: . . . of the night)
Although once on the road his set lists don't vary much from night-to-night, Paul McCartney explained that at the start of each tour he likes to throw a few unproven rarities in to shake up the mix: ["I just like doing it, and whenever I go out on tour it's exciting to stick a few things in that I haven't done before, just 'cause then it's sort of like there's a bit of a nervous edge to it, which is quite cool — except on the first night when you think 'Why did I do this? Why didn't I stay safe?'"] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . I stay safe)
McCartney admitted that his primary reason for still going out and embarking on globe-trotting tours is that he loves performing more than almost anything: ["Then the audience is the other big thing. The audience is amazingly warm these days. And what I do is, I tell my promoter, I'll say, 'Just put one of the shows on sale and just see how we're doing.' And he might ring me back and say: 'Fantastic! Sold out in an hour — the whole thing!' So, I go 'Okay, I'm cool. They like me!'"] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . they like me)
UPDATED: Paul McCartney tour dates (subject to change):
April 28 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
May 3 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
May 6 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
May 13 – Los Angeles, CA – SoFi Stadium
May 17 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
May 21 – Winston Salem, NC – Truist Field
May 25 – Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live
May 28 – Orlando, FL – Camping World Stadium
May 31 – Knoxville, TN – Thompson Boling Arena
June 4 – Syracuse, NY – Carrier Dome
June 7 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
June 8 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
June 12 – Baltimore, MD – Oriole Park
June 16 – East Rutherford, NJ- Met Life Stadium
IN OTHER McCARTNEY NEWS
Mary McCartney, Paul and Linda McCartney's 52-year-old photographer daughter — and host of the Food Network's Mary McCartney Serves It Up — shed light on her famous dad's culinary talents.
Mary told London's The Express that there's definitely a difference between him when he's at home and at work: "I see my dad in two very different ways. When it’s family, it’s family, and when he tries to tell a story everyone talks over him. Then when he’s on stage I think, 'Wow. He’s pretty amazing.'"
She went on to explain, "Dad can cook, he likes to make the lasagna out of mum's first cookbook, and he makes a very good mashed potato. If we’re all having Sunday lunch, he’s in charge of mash. He doesn’t put any special ingredients into it, I think it’s just because he takes the time. He mashes it and then spends ages whipping it with a fork — and he’s not shy with the butter either."
For more info on the Food Network's Mary McCartney Serves It Up, log on to: https://bit.ly/35vBToj