When Paul McCartney first played a show in Minnesota, the times were slightly different. Lyndon B. Johnson was President of the United States, the Vietnam War was underway, the civil rights movement was at its peak, and the Sound of Music was premiering. The year was 1965 and The Beatles had already exploded onto the American music scene. Their popularity begged for huge arenas to house their performances of colossal, hit songs that have lasted decades. Aside from the well-known Shea Stadium appearance in New York that year, the Beatles also played at Minnesota’s Metropolitan Stadium – then home to local baseball team, the Minnesota Twins. Since that time, Paul has come back to the wintry state on numerous occasions as a solo act. It is time for another appearance at the current home of the Minnesota Twins, Target Field, as Sir Paul McCartney is sure to play to a sold out crown.
That’s right, he is back. As part of his “Out There” tour, the 71-year-old rocker is bringing his front man persona and genius musical talent to Minnesota’s Target Field on August 2. This will mark McCartney’s first show at that ballpark or any Minnesota ballpark since his appearance with The Beatles in 1965. However, McCartney has been to the state to perform in 1976, 1993, and 2005. Fans should expect the Liverpudlian crooner to regale the audience with songs from his solo career, his time with Wings, and plenty of hits from The Beatles’ catalogue.
McCartney and The Beatles started out circa 1960 in Liverpool, a town way northwest of London and near the western coast of England. Together, McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison created some of the most influential music in rock and roll. Within a few years, The Beatles went from entertaining small clubs in Europe, to becoming one of the most internationally renown artists of all-time. Paul McCartney is sure to play songs from memorable “Beatle” albums such as Abbey Road, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and “The White Album,”, at his Target Field performance in August.
After The Beatles broke up, to the dismay of millions, in 1970, all four members went on to achieve successful solo careers. Paul was certainly no exception. From 1970-1973, McCartney produced four albums. His first solo album, aptly titled McCartney was a number one chart topper. His second solo album, Ram also scored in the top five U.S. album releases. Shortly after, McCartney went on to form the group Wings, which ultimately birthed 7 platinum selling albums, including hits like “Band on The Run” and “My Love.” McCartney also went to work on musical collaborations in the 1980’s with artists such as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson.
Target Field will not know what hit it, when Paul McCartney plays his songs with almost as much enthusiasm and energy as he did in 1965. He has become a legend in his own time, being able to wow crowds, even in his seventies. The announcement of McCartney’s August 2 show came on Monday at 11:00 am, and tickets will be available Monday April 28th at 10:00 am. The former Beatle returns to Minnesota for the first time since 2005 when McCartney played at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Opinion by Josh Taub