Paul McCartney’s Up and Coming Tour Gets Back to South America - First Live Shows of 2011 Announced
Paul’s headline making visit to South America last year resulted in Macca-mania as makeshift ‘McCartney villages’ were built by fans in Brazil and Argentina, camping outside stadiums waiting days for the doors to open to get themselves the best possible position at the front of the crowd. Paul’s Up and Coming Tour played to over a quarter of a million people in just five shows last November, creating an even larger appetite for the McCartney live experience. Earlier in the year Paul smashed box office records in Mexico for the fastest ever selling live show in Mexico City.
Now, following weeks of feverish speculation, Paul today announces that his record breaking Up and Coming Tour will be returning to South America in May for three massive shows in Peru, Chile and Brazil. It’s expected that these shows will contain some special unique moments.
9th May will see Paul’s first ever show in Lima, Peru at the Estadio Monumental. The tour then travels to Santiago, Chile, returning there for the first time since 1993 with a show on 11th May at Estadio Nacional. The run of shows will finish in Rio de Janeiro at the Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange on the 22nd of May with Paul being the first ever artist to perform at this venue. The last time Paul played in Rio, 21 years ago, a World Record was set for the ‘Largest Stadium Attendance’ in history.
Speaking about his forthcoming shows Paul said, ” We had a great time in South America at the end of last year. The audiences know how to party and me and the band are looking forward to going back in May for some more rock n’ roll fun!”
Paul and his band are currently rehearsing ideas for this new leg of the Up and Coming Tour and it’s safe to say that these shows will feature nearly three hours of the world’s best loved and most known music. Paul’s live show features songs spanning his unrivalled career, from The Beatles, Wings, solo material and The Fireman’s critically acclaimed album ‘Electric Arguments’.
In 2010 Paul performed over 30 shows as part of his ‘Up and Coming Tour’ in North America, South America and the UK, winning unprecedented reviews wherever the band played. Paul rocked over 750,000 people last year and audience members included fans such as Katie Holmes, Dave Grohl, Samuel L Jackson, Quincy Jones, Woody Harrelson, the Jonas Brothers, Kings Of Leon, Kaiser Chiefs, David Walliams, Kanye West, Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow, Tom Hanks, Neil Young, Brian Wilson, John Paul Jones, Jack Nicholson, Steven Tyler, Danny Devito, Jerry Seinfeld, Alec Baldwin, Martha Stewart, Tony Bennett, Ben Stiller, Kevin Bacon, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Steve Coogan, Paul Weller, Frank Skinner, Rob Brydon and Chris Moyles.
The year saw many career firsts for Paul including rocking The White House in front of President Barack Obama and his family in June when Paul was awarded with the prestigious Gershwin Prize For Popular Song (he was the first ever UK recipient). Paul returned to the White House again in December (where even the President joked about Paul becoming a regular there!) to be awarded with a Kennedy Centre Honour.
Paul ended 2010 with three intimate homecoming shows in the UK. He played the smallest club show of his career at London’s legendary 100 Club to just 300 people, which made headlines as far as China. The final two shows were at the Hammersmith Apollo and at Liverpool’s O2 Academy. Both shows broke venue box office records.
korramccartney on 14th Jul 11:
“I wish I could go to a Paul McCartney concert :(”
MariaSF on 15th May 11:
“ooh, wish I could go...! Hope he'll get back for a Europe tour soon!”
crazybeatles on 11th May 11:
“paul come to Colombia ..”
chirag on 17th Apr 11:
“While he's over on this side, Paul should come to dallas some time soon.”
persistence of memory on 15th Apr 11:
“Wish he could come to Belgium.”
Apj26 on 15th Apr 11:
“Do the UK”
BEATLES/LBP on 13th Apr 11:
“look 4ward 2 watching it on TV if they air it in America”
Nice Mr. Ketchup on 13th Apr 11:
Paul is up and coming back in Brazil!”
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