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From paulmccartney.com, September 26, 2011:
Yasalam 2011 closes in spectacular style as Paul brings his ‘On the Run Tour’ to Abu Dhabi on November 13th 2011.
Yasalam, the largest city-wide entertainment program ever seen by any F1™ host city; returns to the Capital for the third year jam-packed with fun and exciting new events a multitude of family activities, and the chance to experience all the glitz and glamour of the superstar acts preparing to perform in Abu Dhabi.
The season finale of Yasalam will see Paul McCartney wrap up the spectacular three-night after-race concert series on Yas Island. The concert weekend kicks-off with pop princess Britney Spears while American rock band Incubus and British hard rock band The Cult will perform on the second night. Visit www.yasalam.ae to register and get a chance to win two of 10,000 invitations to see Britney Spears perform at the Yasalam first after-race concert.
Yasalam is fast becoming the most electrifying city-wide entertainment program the region has ever staged. Almost one million people have been through Yasalam events’ doors since the unique program launched in 2009.The program offers families an engaging, fun-filled, safe, and accessible variety of city-wide entertainment experiences and activities tailored to appeal to our diverse community and visitors of all ages and backgrounds.
And if that’s not enough, this year offers more reason to be excited for everyone who unlocked the Yasalam QR Code and registered their details at www.yasalam.ae . These lucky participants will be amongst the first to hear today’s news, and will have the chance to win two of 10,000 invitations to the Yasalam Friday after-race concert. Those who registered their details have been sent a video web link today announcing the full 2011 Yasalam program and artist-line up.
Today, FLASH Entertainment revealed that Yas Island would come alive for three thrilling nights of performances at the YAS Arena from pop princess Britney Spears on Friday November 11th, American rock band Incubus with British hard rock band The Cult on Saturday November 12th, while on the final night F1™ Race-goers will find themselves in the presence of music royalty, when former Beatles’ member; Paul takes his fans on a trip down memory lane. Paul
McCartney, a living legend in music has created hysteria all over the world amongst fans, and fans that have been supporting him since the start of his music career. He will perform his first ever show in the UAE, wrapping up Yasalam on Sunday November 13th.
From paulmccartney.com, November 14, 2011:
Paul arrived in Abu Dhabi yesterday to kick off his ‘On The Run’ tour with his first ever show in U.A.E at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. But before there was music, Paul took some time to visit Saturday’s F1 qualifying session. Paul cheered on the British drivers from the McLaren garage before the great and the good of motor racing descended on him hoping to get a picture with rock’s most revered idol.
Paul’s ‘On The Run’ show tonight is the closing event of Yasalam 2011, a city wide entertainment program that brings a mix of sports, films, music and community events to residents and visitors in Abu Dhabi around the Grand Prix. Paul’s hugely anticipated live show is the perfect end to the celebrations, and is the hot ticket with the Formula 1 drivers and celebrities in Abu Dhabi for the big race.
McCartney played a joyous set of hits spanning his more than 50-year career and turned the arena into a stadium-sized karaoke club.The National (Daily Abu Dhabi Newspaper)
Paul McCartney performed his first concert in the United Arab Emirates. For this show, there was no VIP experiences, so set list for the soundcheck remains unknown.
The day before Paul and his wife Nancy watched the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix. The concert was the last event in three nights of Formula 1 weekend events, which also saw performances by Britney Spears, Incubus and The Cult.
Official video – On our way to Abu Dhabi
Official video – Paul ‘On The Run’ at the F1 qualifying in Abu Dhabi
Last updated on October 30, 2020
Grand Prix Circuit, Yas Arena
This was the 1st and only concert played at Grand Prix Circuit, Yas Arena.
Setlist for the concert