Monday, June 13, 2011 -
Tickets for the Detroit and Cincinnati shows go on sale Friday, June 17. Chicago tickets will be on sale Monday, June 20. Tickets will be available at Tickets.com.
Kicking off July 15 and 16 with McCartney's first ever shows at Yankee Stadium in New York, the On The Run tour's start marks nearly two years to the day since Paul's legendary July 17, 18 & 21, 2009 Citi Field concerts, immortalized on the Grammy-winning gold-certified Good Evening New York City CD/DVD.
McCartney's Detroit, Chicago and Cincinnati stadium gigs will likewise be hugely anticipated returns to cities with that have hosted historical performances by Paul in the past: The July 24 Comerica Park and July 31 Wrigley Field shows will be his first visits to the Detroit area and Chicago since 2005, while the August 4 Great American Ball Park will be Paul's first Cincinnati appearance in 18 years, his last show in the city being on The New World Tour in 1993.
Every one of this summer's On The Run dates can safely be predicted to feature nearly three hours of the world's most familiar and beloved music, with hits, deep cuts and surprises spanning McCartney's unrivaled catalogue of Beatles, Wings, solo and Fireman classics.
McCartney's recently completed Up and Coming Tour played over three dozen shows to more than 1,000,000 fans from its March 2010 start through its June 10, 2011 conclusion at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, drawing arguably the most enthusiastic audiences and critical notices of McCartney's peerless near-50-year career, including:
"Some things are ageless, and McCartney's one of them -- he still radiates youthfulness like a packed playground. At a sold-out MGM Grand Garden... He was a study in nonchalance, ambling about the huge arena stage as if he was performing in his living room in front of a small group of friends."--LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
"A Paul McCartney concert makes up for every bad show you've ever seen in your life. Seriously... The strange thing about seeing a Paul McCartney concert is, after three hours, you actually feel lighter, your feet hurt less - buoyed on by Paul's constant smiles and some of the greatest music ever"--AMERICAN SONGWRITER
"Of the 15,000-plus who attended this show, most, I'm assuming, will put it down as one of their favorite shows ever. It was one of those shows - certainly the year's best, certainly among the best ever at the Sprint Center and probably among anyone's shows of a lifetime. Expectations were high coming in; he exceeded them."--KANSAS CITY STAR
"It's hard to think of much in the pop music world more impressive than a 67-year-old musician holding forth for nearly three hours, outdoors on a chilly March night, while delivering some three dozen songs, the least of which would be a career highlight for almost any other artist."-- THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
"McCartney is more like Superman. Watching him perform 40 vocally demanding songs over nearly three hours Saturday night... one could only wonder: How does he do it?"--
"If a reanimated came to town to redeliver the Gettysburg Address (in its entirety) in the flesh, it wouldn't have trumped this show... From musicality to sheer spectacle to momentous, life-affirming jubilation, Paul McCartney's Nashville debut at Bridgestone Arena Monday night was an all-out master class in rock 'n' roll showmanship... The band was flawless. The arrangements were elegant. The pacing was perfect. The production was dazzling, but never distracting. And most importantly, Sir Paul's charisma and infectious good nature humanized him, making us feel like we'd made a new friend, while also getting the privilege of an evening in the titanic presence of a true rock god. A master."--NASHVILLE SCENE
"You hear about all these things, but until you actually sit just a few yards away and witness McCartney in action for close to three hours, it's impossible to understand how they all conspire to make Sir Paul such an absolute whirlwind... What was really amazing was taking in the full scope of songs that have come out of this man... It was hard to believe that pop music was ever so good, that life was so good."--SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
As on his Live 2009 tour and Up and Coming's 2010 run and every Paul McCartney tour since 2002, Paul will be backed by the combo the LAS VEGAS SUN called "his best band since, well, the Beatles": Paul "Wix" Wickens (keyboards, guitar, percussion, harmonica, backing vocals), Rusty Anderson (guitar, backing vocals), Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums, backing vocals) and (guitar, bass, backing vocals).
In addition to overwhelming levels of critical acclaim wherever McCartney has recently played across North America, South America and the UK, last year saw many career firsts for Paul. These included rocking The White House in front of President and his family in June when Paul was made the first ever British recipient of the prestigious Gershwin Prize For Popular Song. Paul returned to the White House in December (where even the President joked about Paul becoming a regular there) to be awarded with a Kennedy Center Honor. Paul ended 2010 with a December 11 visit to Saturday Night Live in New York City followed by a career landmark first ever performance at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater on December 13 and three intimate homecoming shows in the UK. He played the smallest club show of his career at London's legendary 100 Club to just 300 people, which made headlines as far as China. The final two shows were at the Hammersmith Apollo and at Liverpool's O2 Academy, both of which broke venue box office records.
McCartney kicked off his 2011 live agenda last month with his first ever show in Peru, his first Chilean gig since 1993, and two blockbuster shows at Rio de Janeiro's Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange, which also resulted in the first ever concert to be broadcast live on the internet throughout Latin America--allowing over 1.5 million fans who were unable to snap up one of the 100,000 tickets to share in the magic.