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Paul McCartney

FLUSHING, N.Y., June 3, 2009 - Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Paul McCartney will perform the historic first concerts at Citi Field - the new home of the Mets - Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18.

Tickets go on sale Monday, June 15 at 10:00 A.M. ET online exclusively at www.507tixx.com and by phone at 718-507-TIXX. These concerts are rain or shine.

These inaugural concert events at Citi Field mark the latest in a series of landmark performances that link the beloved Beatle with New York City and the home of the Mets. Beginning with The Beatles' legendary musical christening of Shea Stadium in 1965, and continuing with McCartney's special appearance at Billy Joel's "Last Play at Shea" show that closed the stadium last year, McCartney's summer shows at Citi Field will once again mark a momentous occasion in the history of New York - and rock n' roll itself.

"I am really excited about playing Citi Field - The Beatles were the first to play at Shea Stadium and along with Billy Joel, I was the last to sing at the old Shea," said Paul McCartney. "So to be the first to play this stadium is incredible. I am really looking forward to a buzzing show."

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Paul McCartney

"Every time Paul McCartney steps on a stage is a special event because of the timelessness of the music and the enthusiasm and verve that this icon gives to each performance," said Randy Phillips, President & CEO of AEG Live. "Christening Citi Field as a venue will give this concert the added weight of the historical significance of The Beatles appearance at Shea Stadium 44 years ago."

"There's no more appropriate artist in the history of rock and roll to play the first concert at Citi Field," said Jeff Wilpon, COO, New York Mets. "The era of big-time rock and roll concerts started with Paul and The Beatles at Shea and we're thrilled to continue that tradition at our new home."

The Citi Field concerts on July 17 and July 18 will feature classics from McCartney's extensive catalog, including Beatles, Wings and solo career hits as well as selections from his most recent album Electric Arguments, released under his alias The Fireman.

Additionally, the Citi Field shows will be McCartney's first U.S. appearances since his recent headlining stand at the first night of this year's Coachella festival and the same weekend's record-breaking one-off opening of the new Joint in Las Vegas. Reactions to the two sold out 2.5 hour performances were unanimously ecstatic from fans and critics alike:

"McCartney remains a sharp and agile performer, his voice as supple, warm and elastic as ever...Macca signatures Let It Be and The Long and Winding Road...still have the power to raise gooseflesh." -USA TODAY

"The verdict from his Coachella debut on Friday? Never underestimate the power of a Beatle...The night belonged to Paul." -LOS ANGELES TIMES

"For almost two and a half hours, he had the attention of what seemed to be the entire multigenerational festival" -THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Everything you could ask for in a McCartney set. Stunning. Beautiful."-LA WEEKLY

"The concert of a lifetime" -LAS VEGAS CITYLIFE

The Beatles gave the first-ever concert at Shea Stadium on August 15, 1965, in front of more than 55,000 fainting, crying, and screaming fans. It was, and remains to this day, the most historic concert ever, as it was the first time in history that a sports stadium was used for a rock concert. The groundbreaking Beatles concert at Shea set new attendance records at the time; it was the first large-scale, outdoor concert that demonstrated such events could be hugely successful and profitable.

On July 18, 2008, Paul McCartney returned to Shea for the first time in 43 years for an unannounced guest performance at Billy Joel's "Last Play at Shea" concert. His signature Hofner bass in hand, McCartney jumped on stage - surprising not only Joel but also the sold-out audience of 55,000 - and launched straight into "I Saw Her Standing There." McCartney closed the night with his seminal anthem "Let It Be" featuring Joel on backing vocals, giving the legendary Shea Stadium a truly memorable send-off. That show ended just as McCartney's first-ever performance at Shea with The Beatles had started - with a deafening response from the massive crowd.

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Comments (118)

Paul MEHcartney

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 12:44 PM

QuarryMEHn

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 12:47 PM

If this CitiField event proceeds the way the rest of the season has there so far, Macca will wind up injured before the gig and replaced by Jeff Lynne.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 12:51 PM

I wonder how much tickets will be?

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 12:56 PM

how dare anyone question how much tickets will cost for this event.

Sir Paul needs your money so his children can eat!

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 1:05 PM

I hope he plays "Help!" and dedicates it to Omar Minaya...

Posted by mr met | June 3, 2009 1:06 PM

Can someone explain what MEH is supposed to mean? And why some jerk keeps posting it?

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 1:06 PM

Hopefully there won't be strong winds that night or Mehcartney's wig will blow right off!

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 1:08 PM

"McCartney's summer shows at Citi Field will once again mark a momentous occasion in the history of New York - and rock n' roll itself."

This is ridiculous, and I really like Paul McCartney.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 1:10 PM

It's probably just one dumb hipster who has no life that keeps commenting meh....

I mean what time is daft punk going on was pretty bad but meh is getting old really fast

Get a job.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 1:15 PM

MEHts

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 1:17 PM

Whomever it is, it's definitely the same dude...w/ WAY too much free time

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 1:17 PM

'meh' is kind of like a shoulder shrug, just like a 'whatever' kind of noise...

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 1:40 PM

Third show on the 21st after these sell out?

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 1:44 PM

TBA: The Beatles Always

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 1:47 PM

Even if Sir Paul puts on a good show, the sound will suck.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 1:49 PM

I heard the Black Crows will be opening!

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 1:52 PM

Yellow SubMEHrine

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 1:52 PM

it's an interMEHt meme. specifically around BV.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 1:53 PM

It's not really a meme if it's only one person doing it

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 1:55 PM

Wings Across AMEHrica

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 1:56 PM

MEHrk David ChapMEHn

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 1:58 PM

"I heard the Black Crows will be opening!"

Wrong!

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 2:11 PM

@1:55 - this is surely the work of a posse, not a single man.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 2:16 PM

MEH love does it good

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 2:21 PM

MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 2:25 PM

very nice

Posted by allopensee.com | June 3, 2009 2:25 PM

@1:55 - this is surely the work of a pUSSY, not a single man.

there, i fixed it for you.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 2:32 PM

Was your father as bold as the Sargent MEHjor?

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 2:40 PM

MEHrk David ChapMEHn - hahahaha!

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 2:44 PM

Maybe I'm AMEHzed

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 2:46 PM

I've got a feeling, a feeling deep inside, oh MEH.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 2:52 PM

You Never Give Me Your MEHney

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 2:53 PM

MEHsterday

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 2:55 PM

MEHgical MEHystery MEH

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 2:55 PM

I personally think MEH is funny. Yeah, it started out as its actual definition but now it is just incoorperated into whatever works.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 2:57 PM

Dear Brooklyn Vegan...please implement a login system for comments. These bullshit comments on every single thread are getting fucking ridiculous.

Posted by Jim | June 3, 2009 2:58 PM

this is my first commehnt today, so def more than one person is doing it...

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 3:06 PM

RAR RAR RAR, I'M SO MEHNGRY

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 3:10 PM

it's only one person with a cubicle job doing it. so weird

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 3:10 PM

She Loves You MEH MEH MEH

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 3:11 PM

imagine all the comments were written by one person? spooky.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 3:15 PM

She's leaving home after living alone for so MEHny years

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 3:18 PM

Have a great day Meh people!! I like you guys/gals... for some reason I picture little ewoks-types peeping "Meh" constantly.

Sucks that it is now June (sad face, and I pat you on the head). Your favorite month of the year has passed :(

I have actually never seen Paul M. live and I do love the Beatles so... I'll let you know how the show goes! kidding. I know you don't care.

Posted by Burg | June 3, 2009 3:33 PM

Dear Sir or MEHdam, will you read my book? It took me years to write, will you take a look?

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 3:34 PM

Lady MEHdonna

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 3:38 PM

MEHen MEHster MEHustard.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 3:40 PM

I wonder if Heather Mehlls will be in attendence??

I heard there may be a secret show at the Mehsic Hall of Williamsburg.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 3:43 PM

Maggie MEH

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 3:47 PM

John Lennon > Paul McCartney

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 3:48 PM

FlaMEHing Pie

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 3:49 PM

when I get older, losing my hair

MEHny years from now

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 3:52 PM

Meh>Mehcca

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 3:52 PM

dHEM si lauP

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 3:53 PM

I lost Me to Mehth

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 3:53 PM

I think you mean "iMEHgine."

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 3:56 PM

MEHmory Almost Full

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 3:56 PM

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Meh.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 3:57 PM

but in this MEHver changing world in which we live in

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 3:58 PM

The MEHndersons will all be there

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 4:01 PM

linda eastMEH

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 4:02 PM

this is a song charles MEHnson stole from the Beatles.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 4:04 PM

hey meh guy. people are talking about hitting you. watch out.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 4:06 PM

“…simply having a Wonderful ChristMEHs time … “

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 4:07 PM

Wig, what an asshole...probabley some naive teen without a clue...You clowns under 40 should stay home unless you want to hear something other then that rap shit!

Posted by Jay | June 3, 2009 4:08 PM

I can say no MEH
please, say no MEH.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 4:08 PM

Jay = Meh

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 4:09 PM

people under 40 won't be able to afford a ticket to this hahahahahha

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 4:12 PM

give MEH regards to broad street

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 4:13 PM

Us hipsters don't like The Beatles because we're too cool to like older music. If Paul were to collaborate with Grizzly Bear or No Age, then we may bother to listen to him.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 4:15 PM

the doggone girl is MEH

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 4:22 PM

anon 4:15, you are obviously old. grizzly bear is so Tuesday of last week. no age is so 2008. if paul was to perform with . . . say . . . So Cow, then you're onto something.

Posted by jan janson | June 3, 2009 4:22 PM

Too MEHny people preaching practices

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 4:25 PM

the jailer man and Sailor Sam were searching MEHveryone

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 4:27 PM

I've got blisters on MEH fingers!

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 4:36 PM

Michelle, MEH belle

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 4:36 PM

taxMEHn

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 4:39 PM

Lucy in the Sky With DiaMEHnds

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 4:41 PM

what time does daft punk go on?

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 4:43 PM

AdMEHral Halsey

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 4:53 PM

why are you guys doing this with John songs?

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 5:02 PM

Take a sad song and make it MEHtter

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 5:04 PM

Listen To What the MEHn Said

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 5:06 PM

DesMEHnd has his barrow in the market place...

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 5:21 PM

I'm writing the words of a serMEH that no one will hear.

Posted by Father MEHkenzie | June 3, 2009 5:21 PM

Maxwell Edison, majoring in MEHdicine

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 5:22 PM

Greatest Thread Ever!

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 5:23 PM

MEHareshi

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 5:25 PM

There are places I reMEHmber

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 5:25 PM

CONFIRMED: cheapest tickets are $120

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 5:27 PM

But these MEHmories lose their meaning

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 5:29 PM

Well the Ukraine girls really knock MEH out

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 5:31 PM

anon 4:43 you're my favorite - thanks for bringing it back OT.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 6:12 PM

she's just the girl for me and I want all the world to see we've MEH

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 6:14 PM

her name was MEHgill and she called herself Nill

Posted by Nancy | June 3, 2009 6:19 PM

meh > sir paul

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 6:27 PM

her MEHjesty's a pretty nice girl

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 6:37 PM

The FireMEHn

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 6:39 PM

4:36-Johnny said that.

Posted by donn | June 3, 2009 8:25 PM

No, Ringo said that. He got blisters from playing the drums for so long on that track. (There's a bootleg of the full, unabridged "Helter Skelter" out there.)

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 9:12 PM

100th comMEHnt. I swear I'll never do that again. Really, I proMEHse. GoddaMEHt. I hate MEHself.

Posted by hornblower | June 3, 2009 9:27 PM

Sorry, hornblower, I posted a comment before you did that got snagged for BV's approval for some reason. So yours isn't really the 100th comment.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 10:35 PM

CONFIRMED - THE BLACK CROWS ARE OPENING!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 11:25 PM

Anon 4:07 takes the cake.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 11:36 PM

she'll tell you she's an orphan after you've MEHt her family

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2009 12:28 AM

Live and let MEH

Posted by MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH | June 4, 2009 8:19 AM

fuck off and die

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2009 8:54 AM

Anon 4:07 - i wouldn't group everyone under 40 in with the idiot posting all this junk..that's a pretty ridiculous stereotype. there are a lot of beatles fans under 40

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2009 8:57 AM

Brooklyn MEHgan

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2009 9:53 AM

I hope an asteroid crushes all you hipster zeroes.

Posted by GOD | June 4, 2009 10:52 AM

That's MEhen.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2009 11:17 AM

MEHll of Kintyre

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2009 12:53 PM

I heard the MEHjor was a lady suffragette

Posted by MEHt! | June 4, 2009 1:26 PM

Hey! A band called The Script will be opening for Paul. They're an Irish trio who describe their music as "Celtic soul". If you haven't listened to them, you can check them out at their myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/thescript.

Posted by MusiqLover | June 8, 2009 11:05 AM

tickets are ranging from 49.50-275.00

Posted by Anonymous | June 11, 2009 8:36 PM

$275? MEH

Posted by Anonymous | June 11, 2009 9:27 PM

At www.507tixx.com get your Billy Joel Tickets. The rock star has added a date to his tour that is going to take place at Shea Stadium ...
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Posted by addiction | June 12, 2009 11:21 AM

Sir Paul has been confided to millions of remarks, all with this false or gregarious idiotic pop tone candor show off.Paul/ is above all this wet used fan matted spam worship and gee golly geez.Wow bedrock crap.

Posted by End Up | September 20, 2009 6:44 PM

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