Paul McCartney makes gig history in New York and New Jersey
Sir Paul McCartney has made New York and New Jersey concert history by selling out the two state’s four main concert venues in the same month.
The former Beatles star opened his eight-date two-state trek at the Prudential Center in Newark earlier this week (11&12Sep17), and the tour will continue with two nights at Madison Square Garden this weekend, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and NYCB LIVE at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island.
Paul is also slated to perform at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York on 23 September (17).
The rocker’s longtime promoter Barrie Marshall tells Billboard, “I always sit down with Paul to discuss what he’d like to do and where he’d like to play. He always comes up with great ideas and loves to try and do something a little different.
“Being able to play all four venues – eight shows – in the same month was great and it’s always nice to be the first artist to achieve this… It’s really special for him.”
No other artist has played all four major arenas in the state on the same tour over eight shows.
And the promoter admits the timing of the first area show on 11 September (17) was very important “given how involved he (McCartney) was at the time of the (9/11) tragedy.”
McCartney reportedly opened his Newark show on Monday by telling fans, “We are against the oppression and prejudice and violence. We are for love and friendship and freedom.” He then displayed a 9/11 Never Forgotten banner, alongside flags representing the U.S., the U.K., and gay rights.
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