McCartney to play USA June 14; legend requested Lubbock stop

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Updated: 4/16/2014 9:16 pm
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Paul McCartney will headline a concert at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock Saturday, June 14. Texas Tech President Duane Nellis made the announcement Wednesday morning.

Tickets to the general public go on sale 10 a.m. Central time Friday, April 25. Price points are $59.50, $89.50, $165 and $250. American Express card members can buy tickets beginning 10 a.m. Monday, April 21.

Wednesday's announcement was at the Buddy Holly Center. Holly is the reason McCartney will be playing on the South Plains.

"I don't think it's an overstatement to say this is a historic day in Lubbock," Mayor Glen Robertson said. "That we have Paul McCartney reaching out, requesting to put on a concert in Lubbock, Texas, home of Buddy Holly."

McCartney, who will turn 72 this year, is one of the two surviving members of the Beatles, along with Ringo Starr. McCartney has credited Buddy Holly and the Crickets as being pivotal in his development as an artist his entire music career. As he once put it, "If it wasn't for the Crickets, there wouldn't be any Beatles." He produced and narrated a documentary about his music hero, "The Real Buddy Holly Story," in 1985. The former Beatle still owns the rights to Holly's music catalogue. 

John Lennon said when they formed The Beatles, they all liked The Crickets and thought the name was unique because of the animal and the sport. They wanted to do something similar so they came up with the name The Beatles.

"We're thrilled that Paul McCartney is going to be coming to Buddy Holly's hometown," Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance said. "It took a great effort of Texas Tech and the City of Lubbock to put this together with the promoters."

"This is really a historic day for Lubbock," Texas Tech President Duane Nellis said. "But also is a reflection of the impact of Buddy Holly on music that continues even to this day."

Not only is Paul McCartney coming to perform here in Lubbock, but Mayor Robertson says he actually ASKED to perform here because of all of the influence Buddy Holly had on his musical career.
"A musician of Paul McCartney's stature that WANTS to come to Lubbock, Texas. That ASKED to come and perform in the home of Buddy Holly. It's absolutely historic," Robertson said. "It's a testament to Lubbock and the great musicians that we've produced for literally a hundred years."

This is a news release from Texas Tech:

June 14 - Lubbock, TX - United Spirit Arena
$250/ $165/ $89.50/ $59.50

Following an incredible 2013 which saw Paul McCartney’s universally acclaimed Out There tour launch in Brazil and visit 23 cities across South America, Europe, North America and Japan, Paul has confirmed another half dozen dates on the 2014 U.S. Out There tour. Kicking off next week in Uruguay, and tearing through Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica, as well as Paul's return to Japan and debut in Korea, the upcoming Out There 2014 world tour will now feature six more shows:

* Paul will open the 2014 U.S. leg of the tour on June 14 with his first ever appearance in the hometown of his beloved Buddy Holly, playing the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock TX.

* On June 16, Paul will return to Dallas to play the American Airlines Center, his first visit to Dallas since closing his summer 2009 tour with a sold out show at Cowboys Stadium.
* June 21 will see Paul get back to another city he last played on that 2009 tour, when the Out There extravaganza rolls into Atlanta’s Phillips Arena.
* Jacksonville FL will experience its first ever full Paul McCartney headline concert June 22 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena--Paul’s only previous performances in Jacksonville being his four-song set at Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, and the one and only show The Beatles ever played in Florida at the Gator Bowl in 1964.
* On June 25 Paul will play Nashville for the second time, once again at the Bridgestone Arena where he made his historic debut in the Music City on his 2010 Up and Coming Tour.
* Paul’s August 7 date at the EnergySolutions Center in Salt Lake City will be his second ever show in Utah, the first having been on the 2010 Up and Coming Tour—which also marked the 200th show Paul had played with his current touring band.

The Out There tour, as always, features music from the most beloved catalog in popular music, as Paul performs songs spanning his entire career–as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle. The set list will also include material from Paul’s most recent studio album NEW, a global hit upon its release last year.

The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity; in just three hours some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music are relived; music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their lives. The last decade has seen Paul and his band perform in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow’s Red Square, Buckingham Palace, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people, and even broadcast live into Space! Featuring Paul’s band of the last 10+ years–Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums)–the show never disappoints.

The tour also uses state of the art technology and production to ensure the entire audience has the best possible experience. With massive screens, lasers, fireworks, unique video content and, of course, the best songs in the world, a Paul McCartney show is so much more than just an ordinary concert. Paul’s shows attract a multi generational audience from different backgrounds all brought together by his music.

2014 got off to an incredible start for Paul as he set a personal career best by winning an incredible five GRAMMY Awards in one night. In the UK he was honored by music bible NME with a special one off award, the ‘Songwriter’s Songwriter Award’ chosen for this unique accolade by his fellow peers.

Tickets for the newly announced dates will be on sale Friday, April 25 at 10 a.m. local time.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, April 21 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, April 24 at 10 p.m.
Keep checking for further announcements.
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MattErnst - 4/16/2014 1:58 PM
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You're exactly right tw1978. It's been corrected. Thanks for catching it. -Matt Ernst

tw1978 - 4/16/2014 1:07 PM
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McCartney is the reason he'll be playing on the South Plains. Is the sentence I'm referring to.

tw1978 - 4/16/2014 1:06 PM
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Holly is the reason he is playing here you mean?
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