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Tokyo • Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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From, March 19th, 2015:

With just over one month to go until Paul returns to Japan with his ‘Out There’ tour, Paul announces today a special one off show at the Nippon Budokan on Tuesday 28th April.

The special show was originally planned for last year but for reasons beyond his control Paul was forced to cancel his Japanese tour dates.

Almost 49 years since The Beatles began the Asian leg of their 1966 tour at the Budokan, Paul will return to the legendary venue with his current tour.

Speaking about his return Paul said: “It’s very exciting to be returning to the Budokan because it is a very special place and was the first place we played in Japan. There was a lot of controversy at the time but I now know that it is a regular venue for a lot of people. But for me it has a very special place in my memory.”

A combination of fans and protestors meant that the 1966 shows were heavily guarded and the only people allowed on the venue floor for the concerts were security and accredited journalists. At the time Paul and the band couldn’t even leave the hotel they were staying in.

From, March 28th, 2015:

“What was the most memorable thing about playing the Budokan concert [with The Beatles] and why did you decide to return to the venue?”

Paul told us,

“The most memorable thing about the concert was the fans, who were sensational. But what struck us as being just as memorable were the security arrangements that were put in place. The whole front row of the balcony was police, and we saw them all walking in. And as we were going to the show, all the fans were corralled on each street corner and guarded by police. So as we went by they went, ‘Eeeeeeehh!!’ And then there’s nothing for the next block or two. And then ‘Eeeeeeehhh!!’ It was zany because we’d come from England and the US where it had been mayhem. So when I think of the Budokan show I think of the fans first, and then security second.

“Why go back and play there again? Just because it was such a special venue to play and I have a particularly special feeling about it. So when someone said there was a possibility of playing there again I jumped at the chance for old times’ sake.”

From NME, April 30th 2015:

After 49 years, Paul McCartney returned to Tokyo’s Budokan venue this week. Almost half a century after he played an iconic gig there with The Beatles, he marked the special comeback by airing a song his old man never performed live, ‘Another Girl’ from the ‘Help!’ album. […]

It was sensational and quite emotional remembering the first time and then experiencing this fantastic audience tonight,” said Macca straight after the show. “It was thrilling for us and we think it was probably the best show we did in Japan and it was great to be doing the Budokan 49 years later. It was crazy. We loved it.

Last updated on July 27, 2015

Nippon Budokan

This was the 6th concert played at Nippon Budokan.

A total of 7 concerts have been played there • 1966Jun 30thJul 1stJul 1stJul 2ndJul 2nd2015Apr 28th2017Apr 25th

Setlist for the soundcheck

Setlist for the concert




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