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Paul McCartney to tour Perth for first time in 24 years | The West Australian

Paul McCartney to tour Perth for first time in 24 years | The West Australian

Paul McCartney to tour Perth for first time in 24 years | The West Australian
June 22
09:40 2017
Sir Paul McCartney will start his One on One Australian tour in Perth in December.

Get back – Paul McCartney will kick off his first Australian tour in 24 years in Perth later this year.

The Beatles icon announced last night that he would play nib Stadium on December 2, the first show of a rare visit Down Under.

The five Australasian gigs are part of his long and winding One on One world tour, which has seen McCartney and his four-piece band play to more than 1.2 million people across 12 countries since launching more than a year ago in the US.

The 75-year-old rock legend revealed details of his highly anticipated Aussie tour during a Facebook Live chat with Perth entertainer Tim Minchin, who flew from his current base in Los Angeles to London especially to interview the Beatle this evening.

McCartney told Minchin that he still enjoys touring, which has changed almost beyond recognition from the delirious teenage fans of Beatlemania in the 1960s.

“It’s a big operation these days, about 140 people put it together,” he said.

“I think about it like Formula 1. You have all these amazing technicians. I think of them as my team. I love it.

“The audience are amazingly warm these days.

“With the Beatles, there came a time when they liked us too much and just screamed.”

Promoter Frontier Touring expects 23,000 fans to come together at the concert, which should feature songs from the Beatles, Wings and the superstar’s solo catalogue.

There are five pricing tiers for tickets, which range from $409.18 to $72.75 and go on sale July 4. A promoter pre-sale starts on June 29.

McCartney last played Perth in 1993, when he started the Australian leg of his New World Tour at Subiaco Oval.

The legend also hit town with Wings in 1975, but never visited with the Beatles who left Perth off their lone Australian tour of 1964.

This time Adelaide miss out, with McCartney playing Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland after his Perth gig.

During his chat with Minchin, the legend described the Beatles as a “great little band” that “expanded beyond expectations”.

McCartney spoke about becoming choked up paying tribute to George Harrison by performing the late Beatle’s 1969 classic Something on tour.

“He was my little mate,” said the icon, recalling the fact they both attended Liverpool Institute High School for Boys.

McCartney also discussed working with rapper Kanye West on the 2015 single FourFiveSeconds.

“I was little nervous at first, but I was intrigued,” he said.

“You don’t write songs. You basically talk and noodle a bit and record it all on your phone — and that’s basically your record.”

After not hearing any results for a few months, the elder statesman of pop was shocked to hear Barbadian diva Rihanna on the track.

“This thing arrives and it’s a Rihanna song,” he said. “Am I on this?”

He was also surprised to be relegated to guitar and a distorted vocal sample, but added that the Beatles embraced that sort of experimentation on their 1967 album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

McCartney said he had been listening to Sgt Pepper’s again for its 50th anniversary, as well as Beatles fan favourite Rubber Soul and 1973 Wings album Band on the Run.

The legend was rightly proud of songs he wrote half a century ago, such as Eleanor Rigby.

Source: Paul McCartney to tour Perth for first time in 24 years | The West Australian

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