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Paul McCartney announces December gigs in Europe

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  • By: Mike Kovacich

While attending one of Stella's (his daughter) fashion shows in Paris recently, Paul hinted at some gigs in Europe. Today his website, announced a seven date tour of Europe, his first since 2004. MACCA-Central will be providing tickets links for each concert shortly, stay tuned to this space.

Press Release: Good Evening Europe Tour 2009

New European Tour Announced Including Paul's Only UK Date In 2009

Following a massive tour of the US this summer, Paul McCartney today announces his first European Tour since 2004. This December will see Macca play seven special arena shows across Europe, culminating with his first ever public performance at London's O2 Arena, which will be his only UK date of this year. Other firsts on this tour will include shows at Berlin’s O2 World venue and Dublin’s The O2. Paul's legendary live performances are a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience. The audience gets to re-live some of the greatest moments in music from the last 50 years, many of which have become the soundtrack to living.

Paul commences his tour in Hamburg – a city he is very familiar with. Incredibly, it's now 49 years since The Beatles historic visit, which created rock folklore and put Hamburg on the map as a musical Mecca for hundreds and thousands of music pilgrims over the years. This will be Paul’s first time back in Hamburg (as well as Arnhem, Cologne and Dublin) since his 2003 "Back In The World" tour. Meanwhile, the people of Berlin will get their first Paul McCartney concert in 16 years, since 1993's "New World Tour"! December will take Paul back to Paris for the first time since he played an intimate club show at the Olympia in 2007.

London's O2 Arena will host Paul's final show of 2009 where he will bring the year to an end on a high. This will be his ONLY live show in the UK this year! Paul’s last UK show was a massive sellout concert at Anfield Stadium in 2008. At the time the Liverpool Echo wrote, "If Anfield had a roof, Macca would have blown it off." The O2 Arena does have a roof so it’s set to be a massive night of excitement and rock n' roll Macca style! Although this is Paul's first public performance at the O2 Arena he is very familiar with the venue. In 2004, before the O2 Arena was up and running as the world’s greatest music venue, Paul used the Millennium Dome (as it was known then) for rehearsals for his massive stadium "04 Summer Tour" which ended with Paul headlining the Glastonbury Festival which has gone down in rock history as the greatest festival moment ever. Although his rehearsals at the Millennium Dome were meant to be top secret, he was soon rumbled when a near by resident complained about the rock n’ roll noise upsetting his cat!

Speaking about the tour, Paul said: "This is my chance to bring our current show home to where it all began. Starting in Hamburg, ending in London and rocking everywhere in between. I'm very much looking forward to ending the year on a high."

What a year 2009 has been for Paul. He kicked it off by teaming up with Dave Grohl to perform "I Saw Her Standing There" at the Grammys, where he was also nominated for two awards. In April, Paul performed in New York at the David Lynch Foundation's benefit concert, "Change Begins Within". He was joined on stage with Ringo Starr for a special finale. Paul also headlined the Coachella Festival (his first US festival appearance) and performed a show to mark the opening of The New Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, a gig which sold out in seven seconds, setting a new sales record with tickets selling at a rate of 600 a second. July 11th took Paul to Halifax, Nova Scotia for his first ever concert there, which took place on the Halifax Commons. The mayor of Halifax described the show as the largest and most exciting concert in its 260-year history.

Following Halifax, Paul embarked on a five-week tour of the US; 'Summer Live '09'. The tour commenced with the inaugural run of shows at New York's Citi Field Stadium, which was the site of the former Shea Stadium where The Beatles made history in 1965 when they played a concert that set the precedent for the modern day stadium rock show. Critics hailed the Citi Field performances, seen by over 120,000 people, as the concert experience of a lifetime. The tour concluded in Dallas on the 19th of August.

For those of you who won't be able to make it to one of the European shows this Christmas you can re-live the Macca magic with 'Good Evening New York City', a multi-disc CD/DVD featuring performances recorded at New York’s Citi Field from Paul's 'Summer Live '09' tour.

2nd December - Hamburg, Color Line Arena
3rd December - Berlin, O2 World
9th December - Arnhem, Gelredome
10th December - Paris, Bercy
16th December - Cologne, Koln Arena
20th December - Dublin, The O2
22nd December - London,The O2 Arena

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Paul McCartney will tour Europe in December, starting in Hamburg where the Beatles built their reputation with live club performances nearly 50 years ago.

The seven-date tour ends in London at the O2 Arena and follows a five-week summer tour of the United States. It is McCartney's first tour of Europe in five years.

"This is my chance to bring our current show home to where it all began," McCartney said on his website on Thursday.

"Starting in Hamburg, ending in London and rocking everywhere in between -- I'm very much looking forward to ending the year on a high."

The tour kicks off in Hamburg at the Color Line Arena on Dec. 2 and ends at the O2 Arena on Dec. 22.

Last Updated: 10/22/09 09:07

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by bipFruimb : Austria December 26, 2010 6:13 PM EST (Guest)  click to register
Just popping in to say nice site.
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by Rudi : Arnhem October 22, 2009 4:58 PM EDT (Guest)  click to register
I`m in Arnhem the 9th of Dec
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by Nowhere Fan : Norwegian Wood October 22, 2009 4:14 PM EDT (Guest)  click to register
He should come to Norway again. I`ve seen him four times in Oslo. But being a little country up north I`ve had a feeling that the concerts lacked that little extra something. The first one I saw, and the best one yet, was the opening show of the `89/90 world tour in Drammenshallen. The concert had a lot of nerve being the first one, but came off as a bit of a warm up, or a rehearsal, to more `important` concerts. You have to start somewhere, and what`s better than in the middle of nowhere. Well, sort of then. hehe. Then I saw the two concerts at the Oslo Spectrum in 1993. Good concerts, but with a certain vibe of just another day at work. Routine, kind of. Then in 2004 at the Valle Hovin Stadium. Again a good concert, but it was the show before Glastonbury and seeing part of that show on "The McCartney Years" DVD I realised that concert in Norway was kind of a nap before the big one. A warm up. There`s a lot more fire to the Glastonbury concert. But hey, It`s only a northern song. : )
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by Paul Marquez : Vienna October 22, 2009 3:56 PM EDT (Guest)  click to register
please come to vienna.....why always the US?
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by Rudolf Pasquali : Vienna, Austria October 22, 2009 10:21 AM EDT (Guest)  click to register
What about a gig in Vienna?
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New European Tour Announced Including Paul's Only UK Date In 2009.