Paul McCartney to play Vancouver’s B.C. Place on November 25
Paul McCartney will return to the stage in Vancouver this November for the first time in nearly 50 years.
The legendary musician will play B.C. Place on November 25, Live Nation announced today (September 7).
The performance, which will be one of only two Canadian tour dates, will be McCartney’s first local appearance since he played with the Beatles at Empire Stadium on August 22, 1964.
Promoters, who have been working to secure the show for three years, billed the concert as “spectacular”.
“For as many years as I can remember working in this industry, there’s one act above all that has been talked about more, we get more calls, more e-mails, more tweets, about this act coming back to Vancouver,” said Paul Haagenson, the president of Live Nation Canada.
“When you think about the sheer impact that this artist has had on an entire generation, it’s absolutely staggering. Almost every person in this city, in this country, has an emotional touch point to Paul McCartney and the Beatles.”
Bruce Allen, the Vancouver-based band manager of prominent Canadian musicians including Bryan Adams, recalled his experience attending the Beatles performance at Empire Stadium in 1964.
“The last time he was here, it was total pandemonium,” he said. “The last time he was here, you could barely hear anything because of all the screaming girls, and those girls that weren’t screaming had passed out, and were carried to the First Aid posts that looked like disaster areas.
“It was an era of the two-minute songs—they played 12 of them.”
Allen noted the last McCartney concert he saw lasted significantly longer, at about three hours, including solo material and songs from his Beatles and Wings repertoire.
In addition to the November 25 tour date in Vancouver, McCartney will also play Edmonton’s Rexall Place on November 28. The shows are part of the British musician's On The Run tour, which has included performances in New York City's Yankee Stadium and Mexico City's central plaza.
Tickets for the concert at B.C. Place will go on sale Sept. 14 at Ticketmaster. Prices will range from $35 to $250 (plus service charges and fees).