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Paul McCartney in San Francisco

By May 19, 2010

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Ticket sales start Monday, May 24, for Paul McCartney's just-announced concert in San Francisco this July.

The songwriter extraordinaire has added Saturday, July 10, at AT&T Park to his present "Up and Coming" 2010 tour itinerary. The show at the home of the San Francisco Giants will be McCartney's first concert in San Francisco since The Beatles played Candlestick Park in August 1966, according to McCartney's website.

The "Up and Coming Tour" (which seems a curious title for the tour of a 67-year-old billionaire rock star) has gone to LA, Miami, Phoenix and Puerto Rico and hits Mexico, Ireland, Scotland and London before landing in San Francisco. After the Mexico City show sold out in a matter of minutes--breaking the record held by Radiohead--McCartney added a second concert date there.

In San Francisco, McCartney fans can expect to hear some stuff from his latest albums and lots of Beatles' and Wings' hits, like "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," "Paperback Writer" and "Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five." Lots of them: "Up and Coming" concerts have included about 30 songs, plus a few in encores, and stretched to almost three hours.

Consider yourself fortunate if you have that kind of stamina at McCartney's age (or even 64).

His staying power has caused one Rolling Stone reviewer to wonder, "Has Paul McCartney been borrowing Bruce Springsteen's trainer? At 67, the former Beatle seems determined to suddenly turn his gigs into E Street-style marathons."

Paul McCartney in San Francisco

Tickets ($49.50-$250) go on sale to the general public at 10 am on Monday, May 24, through all Ticketmaster locations or online at www.Ticketmaster.com and www.APEConcerts.com.

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