Sir Paul McCartney Will Be Making His Third Visit To St. Louis
The iconic Sir Paul McCartney is coming to St. Louis on Saturday , August 13 of this year to play a concert at Busch Stadium. August 26, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the only visit by The Beatles to St. Louis.
St. Louis dignitaries gathered this morning at Fox Sports Midwest Live! at Ballpark Village to make the concert announcement.
The 73-year-old McCartney originally came to fame with The Beatles in the early 1960s in the United Kingdom. The group’s music became popular in the United States in 1964 and they took America by storm on February 9, 1965 when they performed live on The Ed Sullivan Show.
The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1965
The Beatles as a group made their only appearance in St. Louis on August 21, 1966 with a concert at Busch Memorial Stadium. “Busch II” as it is now remembered, had opened in May of that year. 23,143 rapid fans saw the band play 11 songs during what the St. Louis Post-Dispatch called “a substantial thunderstorm.” It was thought that the sales of tickets, which went for between $4.50 and $5.50, were slowed when John Lennon offended many by saying weeks earlier that the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus.”
The Beatles dissolved as a group in 1970 with each member attempting careers as solo artists. McCartney’s first solo album, McCartney, went to #1 in the U.S. In second album, Ram, was made with his wife Linda and Denny Seiwell. The trio then added Denny Laine and formed the group Wings. Wings saw commercial and critical success during its run, but played their last concert in 1979 and officially broke up in 1981. McCartney and Ringo Starr, the two living members of the group, reunited to perform together at the 2014 Grammy Awards.
McCartney has continued his solo career in the years since and has collaborated with others on various projects throughout the years, including Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society.
McCartney was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame as a solo artist in 1999. The Beatles as a group were inducted in 1988. He’s credited as one of the greatest songwriters in history, having written or co-written 32 songs that have appeared on the Billboard Hot 100. He has also won 21 Grammy Awards. On March 11, 1997 Queen Elizabeth II knighted McCartney for his “services to music.”
Paul McCartney’s most recent hit came in 2015 with “FourFiveSeconds”, a song he did with Rihanna and Kanye West.
Paul McCartney, Rihanna and Kanye West “FourFiveSeconds”
Busch Stadium III has previously played host to three concerts. The Dave Matthews Band played the first show in 2008, The Eagles played the stadium in 2010 and U2 was the most recent show in 2011.
McCartney’s show is part of his One on One tour. A Cardinals representative said that 32 trucks will be used to bring McCartney’s show to Busch Stadium. The stage will also feature two 50-foot tall video screens. The show’s stage will be set up in Center Field stretching from roughly section 195 to section 105.
Tickets to the August 13 Paul McCartney show at Busch Stadium will go on sale on April 15th at 10 am at the Cardinals box office and online at Cardinals.com/McCartney. Ticket prices will start at just $19.50 with top level tickets going for $252.50. All-inclusive tickets will range from $222.50-$297.50. VIP Packages that include an invitiation to McCartney’s sound check are available, starting at $1,600.
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