Paul McCartney Confirms First Up And Coming Tour Date For 2011
Having played some three dozen shows to over 1,000,000 fans over the course of 2010, Paul McCartney‘s record-smashing Up and Coming Tour will make its first U.S. stop of 2011 on Friday, June 10 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.
The announcement of Macca’s return to Las Vegas comes nearly two years to the day from the now-legendary April 19, 2009 performance that christened The New Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and was received with unanimous rapture by media both local (“the concert of a lifetime”–Las Vegas City Life; “Hair-raising. Spine-tingling. Maybe I’m amazed”–Las Vegas Sun) and national (“Macca signatures… still have the power to raise gooseflesh”–USA Today; “The energy at The Joint was like being at Bruce and U2 combined… The night was truly spectacular and took this fan on an emotional journey”–HITS).
McCartney’s triumphant return to Vegas June 10 at the MGM Grand can safely be predicted to feature some nearly three hours of the world’s best loved and most known music, with hits, deep cuts and surprises spanning his unrivaled career, from The Beatles, Wings, solo material and The Fireman’s critically acclaimed album Electric Arguments.
As on his Live 2009 tour and Up and Coming’s 2010 run, McCartney will be backed by the combo the Las Vegas Sun called “his best band since, well, the Beatles”: Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards, guitar, percussion, harmonica, backing vocals), Rusty Anderson (guitar, backing vocals), Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums, backing vocals) and Brian Ray (guitar, bass, backing vocals).
In 2010 Paul performed over 30 Up and Coming Tour dates across North America, South America and the UK. In addition to overwhelming levels of critical acclaim wherever the band played, last year saw many career firsts for Paul. These included rocking The White House in front of President Barack Obama and his family in June when Paul was made the first ever British recipient of the prestigious Gershwin Prize For Popular Song. 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 Center Honor.
Paul ended 2010 with a December 11 visit to Saturday Night Live in New York City followed by a career landmark first ever performance at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater on December 13 and 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.