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From paulmccartney.com, April 25, 2013:
Paul McCartney has confirmed that his all-new 2013 “Out There” tour will include a visit to Canada for three new shows — two out of three in cities Paul has never before played: On July 7, Paul will play his historic first ever show in Ottawa, at Scotiabank Place. On August 12, Paul will return to Winnipeg for the first time since his New World Tour in 1993, for one night only at Investors Group Field. Finally on August 14, Paul will make his debut in Regina, playing his first ever show in the Queen City at Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field.
Beatlemaniacs only waited 49 years for the first-ever performance in Ottawa by a member of the Fab Four, so what was another hour’s wait in the long run?
Anticipation among the sold-out crowd of nearly 18,000 grew to a palpable buzz — with more than a few agitated outbursts — around the Canadian Tire Centre Sunday, the arena celebrating its christening by hosting the most hotly-anticipated rock spectacle to touch down in Ottawa in recent memory, perhaps ever.
And ever the perfectionist — despite a late soundcheck Saturday and another rehearsal that only wrapped up as the long line of cars snaked its way into the parking lot — Paul McCartney washed away any ansty feelings right from the opening rave-up of Eight Days a Week.
It was vintage Paul, still proudly wearing his auburn shag cut, his black Nehru jacket, Beatle boots and plucking his Hofner bass on short but sweet snapshots through his iconic career, with Wings tunes Junior’s Farm, Listen to What the Man Said and the rocking Let Me Roll It sprinkled in amid Beatles megahits.
“Hey Ottawa, how you doing? It’s great to be back in Canada, great to be here for the first time in Ottawa,” he said to the inevitable uproar. Apparently Paul was feeling the effects, too. “This is just so cool, this event,” he said, with arms outstretched. “I’m gonna take a minute just to drink it all in for myself, okay?” […]
Each member of The Beatles also got their due, beginning with Paul leading a Happy Birthday serenade for Ringo Starr, who celebrated his 73rd birthday on Sunday.
And while McCartney said he rarely strays from his set-in-stone setlist — “It’s hard enough to concentrate on the chords,” he explained — he made a rare exception and strayed from the page, playing I’ve Just Seen a Face for a fan in the front row holding up a Ringo sign. […]
Paul is playing at the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa tonight. Who’s going along to the gig? #OutTherePaul McCartney – from Twitter
Fun night in Ottawa. Got the accordion out a bit more. Just the 38 songs (39 if you include Happy Birthday for Ringo) Tired now zzzzzzzPaul Wickens – from Twitter
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