Where were you on August 29, 1966? If you were one of 25,000 lucky fans, you were at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. That night, from a stage just behind second base, The Beatles played their last official show together. So, it’s only fitting that almost 50 years later, Paul McCartney is going to be playing again at Candlestick Park for a final show. This won’t be McCartney’s final show though, this will be Candlestick Park’s swan song. On August 14, 2014, Paul McCartney will bring his Out There tour to San Francisco.
According to the mayor of San Francisco Ed Lee, the idea was actually McCartney’s. Lee told the San Francisco Chronicle that before playing the 2013 Outside Lands Festival, McCartney suggest that this would be a great sendoff for Candlestick Park, in the same way he helped send off Shea Stadium with a bang. The stadium is expected to be demolished sometime between the fall of 2014 and the Spring of 2015.
As of now, the Candlestick Park show will be the last stop on McCartney’s tour. Since we last updated you on the tour, he’s expanded to include a few more dates:
- July 9 – United Center, Chicago, IL
- July 12 – Fargodome, Fargo, ND
- July 14 – Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, NE
- July 16 – Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
- August 2 – Target Field, Minneapolis, MN
- August 5 – Washington-Grizzly Stadium, Missoula, MT
- August 10 – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
- August 12 – US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
- August 14 – Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA
While they won’t all carry the same weight as the show at Candlestick Park, expect McCartney to put on a world-class performance. Reviews from this tour have been largely positive. He’ll be finishing up the Asian leg of the tour at the end of this month before starting the US leg in June in Lubbock, Texas.
But the Candlestick Park stop on the US tour will definitely be a memorable one. Fans of McCartney will be in for a special treat. Fans at a show like this are excited to hear his new music, but also excited to soak in the nostalgia of McCartney’s massive catalogue. A show that carries a certain nostalgic value to McCartney is likely to bring out a unique side of McCartney and his band that most stops on the tour won’t get. On top of that, residents of San Francisco will be saying goodbye to a stadium that’s been a huge part of their community for so long. There will be a lot to celebrate that night when Paul McCartney takes the stage.