TicketNews.com reports that Paul McCartney will perform the very first music show at Shea Stadium's replacement: Citi Field.
The site says that “various reliable touring industry executives” have the ex-Beatle baptizing the sterling new stadium as a music venue with shows on July 17th and 18th, with a possible third performance added on the 21st.
Last fall, McCartney appeared at the final concert held at the now demolished Shea, as a guest star for Billy Joel’s series of shows there.
The new concerts will take place during a break in the Mets’ schedule, between July 12th and 27th.
USA Today reports: McCartney will play the first concerts at Citi Field, the new New York Mets ballpark that replaced storied Shea Stadium, where The Beatles made history 44 years ago. Tickets for the July 17-18 concerts go on sale Monday.
USA Today caught up with McCartney backstage at the E3 Beatles:RockBand presentation. The artist is quoted to have said "I'm really looking forward to it, it feels right. It was great to open Shea, and if anyone had to close it, I wanted to be there. So now I got the offer to open Citi Field, and it's like, oh, yeah, got to do it. That's my venue."
Asked about any surprise songs from the 1965 Shea Stadium concert, McCartney said "There are a couple I'm flirting with, but I don't decide this far out. Nobody heard us then, including us! As years go by, I think, 'This is when I thought I'd retire,' but I'm having too much fun," he says. "When you say to me 'Citi Field,' I go oooh inside. I'm hungry for that."
"If you like cheesecake, it doesn't matter how many you've had. You're still going to have the next one with relish."
Before Citi Field, McCartney is scheduled to perform on July 11th, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Tickets to the Citi Field gigs here or by phone: 718-507-TIXX. The ticket sale starts Monday June 15th.