Thursday, 21 May 2009
Paul does Canada
In the ongoing concert series "Paul McCartney plays where he hasn't played before", we have now arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The former Beatle will play a large outdoor concert on the Halifax Commons on June 11th, 2009. Harold MacKay of Power Promotional Concepts says it will be McCartney's only concert in Canada this year. A McCartney show in Halifax has been rumoured since officials for the pop legend toured the Commons last year.
The concert will be held one week before '70s rockers KISS perform on the Commons. The ex-Beatle announced Wednesday he's "very happy" to be performing at an outdoor concert on July 11." "The Canadian audiences are great and the timing of the event, with the arrival of the Tall Ships, means that it will be an exciting event for us all," McCartney said on his website. "We are looking forward to rocking in Halifax."
Local promoters are calling it the "largest and most exciting" concert in Halifax's 260-year history. "This iconic and legendary performer's presence in our city will be an historic event for all Atlantic Canadians," said Harold MacKay, president of Power Promotional Events.
The concert is expected to attract 60,000 fans — 10,000 more than the crowd at the Rolling Stones show in September 2006.
Tickets will go on sale May 29 at 9 a.m. AT through Ticket Atlantic and at participating Atlantic Superstore locations.
Tickets will cost $125 for general admission and $305 for VIP tickets. Promoters say between 5,000 and 6,000 VIP seats will be available.
Last April, MacKay took McCartney's senior tour staff to the park. He said they were impressed with the site, but there wasn't enough time to set up an event that summer.
Halifax radio personality J.C. Douglas said he's excited to see Paul McCartney perform again. Douglas has been to McCartney concerts in England and Montreal but this time, he would like the chance to meet the former Beatle in person.
"Working in radio, you get to meet a lot of stars and things and there's no one I'd rather meet than Paul McCartney," Douglas said. "He's been at the top of that list for my entire career and I'm sort of hoping that might happen, I don't know."
This will be Paul McCartney's fourth concert this year, having previously played in New York City's Radio City Music Hall, at the Coachella festival in California and in Las Vegas, Nevada. Reports from those concerts tell of an edgier, harder sound than on previous concert tours.