In radio interview, Paul McCartney talks about upcoming release, hints at more European shows
October 22, 2009
San Francisco Examiner
http://www.examiner.com/x-2082-Beatles- ... pean-shows
Paul McCartney did a brief interview on BBC Radio 2 with Chris Evans Thursday talking about his upcoming European shows and the release of the "Good Evening New York City" live CD/DVD.
He said "I did some shows in America and we had a great time. And I was just talked to my promotor and I said, 'I'd just like to bring this show home.' " He said the setlist for the European shows will be similar to the American shows, but "it won't all be the same."
He was asked if he would consider doing a residency at London's O2 Arena, and he hinted there may be more European shows in the offing.
"We'll just do one this time. Maybe do a few more next year."
He said "Good Evening New York City" arose out of being asked by Billy Joel to help close Shea Stadium.
"I managed to get there. I flew out that night. I don't know how I did it, but I got there with the aid of the Customs and the cops and everybody. I managed to get onstage right at the end of his show. The old Shea Stadium. It was about five in the morning for me by that time. But it was fabulous for me. I really enjoyed it. So in a way, I opened and closed that. And then I got an offer to open the new one, which is called CitiField. That's the new Shea Stadium. So we did three nights there on this recent tour. And we filmed it and that is what this 'Good Evening New York City' is. It's a film of those shows."
He talked about a memorable moment from the U.S. tour.
"I always complain about the signs people hold up. I don't really complain but I'm saying to the audience, 'I'm trying to remember my words and my chords and sing it and I've got to read all these signs.' ... Anyway, this was this sign here. This woman says, 'Sign my arm and I'll get it tattooed.' And I said, 'Oh, no.' And the audience said, 'Do it. Do it' So I had to get her up on stage by popular demand and then she showed up a couple of gigs later with a tattoo."
That, of course, would be Audrey McCombs (who we've written about here, here and here). We talked to Audrey Thursday night and she'd heard he'd talked about her. She heard the clip posted on YouTube. She said she'd logged on to the Paul McCartney.com message board and was told by some of the users there about the interview. She said she cried when she heard the news and it made her "really really happy." She also said there's a possibility she may attend the London show.
Latest ticket info: Information on Paul McCartney.com states that ticket presale for the Dec. 22 London O2 Arena show begins 9 a.m. UK Oct. 23 at http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk. The general sale begins Oct. 26. Phone: 0844 856 0202 / 0871 230 1103 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
General sale for the Dec. 20 Dublin show begins at 9 a.m. local time Oct. 28. Phone: 0818 719300 (Ire) / 0844 277 4455 (UK) and online at http://www.ticketmaster.ie.
You can hear the interview, here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... 2_10_2009/
Listen to it from time index 0:13:30 - 0:21:00