On July 17th, Paul McCartney will bring his all new One On One Tour to the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
Paul’s One On One tour opened April 13, 2016 with his debut concert in Fresno CA. The show, which opened with Paul’s first performance of “A Hard Day’s Night” since The Beatles last played it 1965, drew instant and unanimous raves from near ("McCartney’s abundance of natural charm and charisma made this sold-out arena show feel and more like a really big piano bar”—The Fresno Bee) and far ("nearly three hours of music that moved gracefully from the intimate to the explosive... the emphasis never drifted from the music, ranging from generational anthems to post-Beatles deep cuts”—Rolling Stone). One On One has since logged 36 shows and counting, spanning the globe from North and South America to the UK and Europe and a current run of Japanese dates. Venues have ranged from packed stadiums and arenas to one of the most intimate gigs of Paul’s solo career to date at the 300-capacity Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace in tiny Pioneertown, CA. One On One’s 2016 run wrapped up with two headlining sets at the historic Desert Trip festival in Indio, CA, which featured surprise guest appearances from Neil Young and Rihanna—a fitting coda to a tour that featured Paul joined on encores by the likes of Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic in Seattle, Jimmy Fallon in Vancouver, and both Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski at a record-breaking show at Boston’s Fenway Park.
The Paul McCartney live experience is everything any music lover could ever want from a rock show—and so much more: Nearly three hours’ worth of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music, dozens of songs that have formed the soundtracks of our lives. Paul and his band have played an unparalleled range of venues and locations: outside the Coliseum in Rome, Moscow’s Red Square, Buckingham Palace, The White House, a free show in Mexico for over 400,000 people, the last ever show at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park where The Beatles played their final concert 1966, and even one performance broadcast live into Space! Featuring Paul’s band of the last 10+ years – Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums) – the show is never anything short of life-changing.
As with every Paul McCartney tour, One On One features dozens of classics from the most beloved catalog in popular music, spanning Paul’s entire career–as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle—and no shortage of surprises. State of the art audio and video technology ensures an unforgettable experience from every seat in the house: Massive screens, lasers, fireworks and, of course, a staggering selection of the best songs ever written or performed make every Paul McCartney show a once in a lifetime event that transcends and elevates the potential of live music.
Tickets for the July 17th show at the Chesapeake Energy Arena go on sale to the general public Monday, May 15th at 10am local time.
Those who don't know the name of Sir James Paul McCartney must have been living on a different planet for the past fifty years. He has reached astronomical fame as a member of the Beatles, Wings, and for his hugely successful solo career. He holds the official title as most commercially successful popular music songwriter in the history of all music and has displayed that talent on diamond albums and sold-out tours. Despite his superstardom, McCartney is still touring and has extended concert dates on his 2010 Up And Coming Tour into 2011.
In 1957, Paul McCartney met John Lennon while he was playing with The Quarrymen at a church hall. Lennon's other Quarrymen soon left the band and McCartney and schoolmate George Harrison soon joined the group. The trio also brought in Stuart Sutcliffe to play bass and Pete Best to play drums. Sutcliffe soon left The Beatles and McCartney replaced him on bass, with Ringo Starr replacing Pete Best shortly after. By the spring of 1969, after ten years of platinum records and sold-out tours, The Beatles had practically disbanded. The members of the group had grown apart, and escalating personal conflict and musical differences had pushed them to their breaking point. McCartney announced his departure from the Beatles a few months before the release of Let It Be and just a few weeks before the release of his first solo album, McCartney.
Paul McCartney collaborated with his wife Linda on his second solo album, Ram, before bringing on drummer Denny Seiwell and vocalist/guitarist Denny Laine as a backing band. The collaboration became so successful that the solo project transformed into Wings. The 1973 Wings album, Red Rose Speedway, led to the band performing the theme song for the Bond flick Live and Let Die. The success of the single was furthered by the release of Band on the Run in 1973, which featured a slew of hit singles and subsequent worldwide tours. After the assassination of John Lennon in 1980, Paul became feared that he would be the next to die and refused to tour. This led to frustration for the rest of the band, and in 1981, Wings officially disbanded.
However, McCartney was prepared far in advance and released his second "solo" album , McCartney II, in 1980 to general acclaim. Paul McCartney spent a great deal of effort on his third solo album, Tug of War, released in 1982. The album was an instant success and featured the hit (and often covered) song "Ebony and Ivory" with Stevie Wonder. The following album, Pipes of Peace, experienced similar success, but McCartney's career experienced a slump until the release of Flaming Pie in 1997. His first album following the hiatus from the death of his wife was the tribute album, A Garland for Linda, in 2000. McCartney spent most of the early 2000s playing groundbreaking and monumental concert dates, including a number of tribute and charity concerts. He also released two more hit studio albums: 2005's Chaos and Creation in the Backyard and his latest release, 2007's Memory Almost Full.
Paul is currently focusing primarily on his hugely popular tour schedule, with concert dates being extended for the hit 2010 Up and Coming Tour into 2011. The short, five date 2011 tour leg will focus on tour dates in South America. The tour will begin on May 9 in Peru and will conclude with a concert date at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas on June 10. Considering the popularity of the Brazilian concert dates in 2010, South American fans should quickly purchase tickets for the 2011 tour before Paul McCartney brings his golden touch to another project.