On Tour: Sir Paul McCartney

He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, once in 1988 for his work with the Beatles, and a second time for his solo career in 1999.

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One of the biggest icons in rock ’n’ roll history is back on tour once again. Solo artist and former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney is bringing his “One on One” tour to a dozen cities, including Busch Stadium in St. Louis. At age 74, the legend has shown no signs of slowing down. Having been in the limelight since the early 1960s, he has endured every trend in music, and has always proven himself creative and relevant. The team of Lennon and McCartney is quite celebrated, and considered one of the best songwriting duos ever in rock. Case in point: There have been over 2,200 different cover recordings of the timeless track “Yesterday,” the most-recorded song history.

He may be touring behind his last solo release, 2013’s New. He may be touring for the thrill of seeing the fans. Who really knows? Bottom line: He is touring because he can—he is Paul McCartney…and the fans cannot get enough of him.

McCartney has been honored in several ways. He is a 22-time Grammy winner. He has released 16 solo albums and 7 albums with Wings, not to mention his many classical releases and soundtrack contributions. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, once in 1988 for his work with the Beatles, and a second time for his solo career in 1999. He has been highly honored in his home country of the United Kingdom, as well, even going so far as to be knighted by Her Royal Majesty for his contributions to music.

With such a vast catalog of music, it is hard to determine what songs he might turn out this time around; with 77 singles under his belt, he has an arsenal of material. Sure to be played are classic tunes like “Live and Let Die,” “Hey Jude,” and the beautiful “Yesterday.” Also to be heard will be songs from the Wings era, like the eminently sing-able “Band on the Run.” Perhaps he will open the vaults and give us a taste of songs like the 1984 hit “No More Lonely Nights” from the soundtrack of Give My Regards to Broad Street. or the 1985 movie-inspired hit “Spies Like Us.” Either way, this is sure to be a classic show by a truly classic artist. | Marc Farr

Paul McCartney plays Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Saturday, August 13; tickets are available at the Busch Stadium Box Office, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Remaining dates are below; tickets are available on McCartney’s website.

08.07 | MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
08.09-10 | Verizon Center, Washington, DC
08.13 | Busch Stadium, St. Louis
08.15 | Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
08.17-18 | Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
10.04 | Golden One Center, Sacramento

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