Up and Coming Tour
|Tour by Paul McCartney|
Online tour advertisement
|Start date||28 March 2010|
|End date||10 June 2011|
|Number of shows||24 in North America
9 in Europe
9 in South America
42 in total
|Paul McCartney concert chronology|
The Up and Coming Tour was a concert tour by Paul McCartney. The tour began on 28 March 2010, at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona (Phoenix suburb), included two concerts at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, following with concerts in Miami and San Juan, the latter marking McCartney's first concert in Puerto Rico as well as the first presence of a Beatles member.
McCartney announced shows for Europe, including his first appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival, his first Scottish date for 20 years at Hampden Park, Glasgow, his last being at Glasgow SECC Arena on 23 June 1990 and his first show in Cardiff, Wales in over three decades, at the Millennium Stadium. Additional dates are to be announced. On 5 April McCartney announced his first concert in Mexico since 2002. On 17 May McCartney announced a return to the United States in July, visiting Salt Lake City and San Francisco. On 28 May 2010, McCartney announced his first-ever show in Nashville. The Salt Lake City show marked McCartney's first show in Utah, and the San Francisco show marked his first performance in the city since The Beatles performed at Candlestick Park in 1966. On 3 June 2010, McCartney announced he would be opening the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh with a show on 18 August 2010. He also announced other cities, including Denver, Kansas City, Toronto, Montreal and Philadelphia as part of the tour's upcoming return to North America. On 7 June 2010, McCartney announced his first show in Charlotte, North Carolina since his mammoth New World Tour in 1993. It was McCartney's first show in North Carolina since his Back in the U.S. Tour in 2002. On 14 June 2010, McCartney announced second dates for Toronto and Pittsburgh, due to popular demand in both cities, and the fact that the shows sold out in minutes. McCartney's 14 August 2010 show at the Wachovia Center sold out in two minutes, and another show was added for 15 August. In November 2010, McCartney returned to Argentina and Brazil for the first time in 17 years since the New World Tour with two sold out shows in São Paulo that attracted over 140,000 fans. McCartney returned to South America in 2011 for another 4 concerts, Peru, Chile and two in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The tour ended on 10 June with a show in Las Vegas.
The O2 rehearsals
Talking about performing in London, McCartney said, "My last show of 2009 was in London at The O2 and we had a great night, there was a great party atmosphere. I hope that this summer we can have an even bigger party in Hyde Park. I've had a little taste of performing in the park when I guested briefly with Neil Young there last summer and it tasted good. So I'm looking forward to getting there with the band and performing our own show."
The tour required 31 trucks to transport all its equipment and employed a full-time crew of over 150 people to make it all work. The total weight of all the tour's equipment was 125,000 pounds (57,000 kg). The indoor concerts on the tour used 90 speakers, and the outdoor stadium shows used 130. Backstage at each show there were 14 touring offices and dressing rooms. The catering department served approximately 480 vegetarian meals a day to the crew.
Paul McCartney made his second webchat with fans on 20 May 2010 (his first being in 1997, setting a World Record). He spoke from his Sussex studio during the chat. He announced the winners of a competition run by his website, and said that the tour would most likely visit Brazil, Peru, Chile, and Argentina. He also praised his confidence with his band members during the tour.
McCartney received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from President Barack Obama on 2 June 2010. McCartney is the third winner of the Gershwin prize, which is the most prestigious American award for popular music.
After collecting the award, McCartney performed at a star-studded concert inside the White House, playing songs such as "Eleanor Rigby", "Let It Be" and "Michelle" in tribute to the US First Lady, Michelle Obama. Stevie Wonder joined him on stage to perform a duet of "Ebony and Ivory" before McCartney ended the concert with "Hey Jude".
In the United States
Reception towards the Up and Coming Tour in the United States was generally positive.
In Miami: "There was a little of everything: Good potential for a contact high. Beatles Rock Band images on the big video screen. AARP members storming the barricades just like in the ‘60s – only with digital cameras, not protest signs. A ukulele-powered version of "Something"
In South America
In Buenos Aires, the online presale began on 10 October by CrowdSurge, two days later by Ticketek (only for BBVA Banco Francés customers). The presale began at 10 am, but 4 minutes later the system crashed. The 25,000 tickets enabled for the Ticketek presale sold out within hours, along with the general public sale. On 14 October ticketek announced a new concert for Thursday 11 November, this show was added due to overwhelming demand, the pre-sale (again, only for BBVA Banco Francés customers) began 15 and the regular tickets on 19. Both concerts sold out in a few hours The first concert sold out in 1 hour, and the second one in nine hours.
Rede Globo, Brazil's television network, broadcast only 1-hour of "best moments" of the first São Paulo concert on 21 November. Both São Paulo tickets were sold out in less than 10 hours, with over 128,000 sold.
Rusty Anderson (Backing vocals,
electric guitar, Acoustic guitar)
(Lead vocals, bass,
acoustic guitar, piano,
Brian Ray (Backing vocals, bass,
electric guitar, acoustic guitar)
(Backing vocals, keyboards,
electric guitar, percussion,
Abe Laboriel, Jr. (Backing vocals,
|North America (first leg)|
|28 March 2010||Glendale||United States||Jobing.com Arena||14,011 / 14,011||$2,195,245|
|30 March 2010||Los Angeles||Hollywood Bowl||33,916 / 33,916||$5,351,425|
|31 March 2010|
|3 April 2010||Miami||Sun Life Stadium||35,784 / 35,784||$4,325,859|
|5 April 2010||San Juan||Puerto Rico||José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum||N/A||N/A|
|27 May 2010||Mexico City||Mexico||Foro Sol||N/A||N/A|
|28 May 2010|
|10 June 2010||Washington, D.C.||United States||The White House||Gershwin Prize for Popular Song|
|Europe (first leg)|
|12 June 2010||Dublin||Ireland||RDS Arena||N/A||N/A|
|13 June 2010||Newport||England||Seaclose Park||Isle of Wight Festival|
|20 June 2010||Glasgow||Scotland||Hampden Park||N/A||N/A|
|26 June 2010||Cardiff||Wales||Millennium Stadium||N/A||N/A|
|27 June 2010||London||England||Hyde Park||Hard Rock Calling|
|1 July 2010||Battersea Power Station||The Old Vic 192|
|North America (second leg)|
|7 July 2010||New York City||United States||Radio City Music Hall||N/A||N/A|
|10 July 2010||San Francisco||AT&T Park||40,512 / 40,512||$4,752,027|
|13 July 2010||Salt Lake City||Rio Tinto Stadium||25,414 / 25,414||$3,193,716|
|15 July 2010||Denver||Pepsi Center||14,465 / 14,465||$1,659,665|
|24 July 2010||Kansas City||Sprint Center||14,258 / 14,258||$2,390,999|
|26 July 2010||Nashville||Bridgestone Arena||15,162 / 15,162||$2,531,826|
|28 July 2010||Charlotte||Time Warner Cable Arena||15,477 / 15,477||$2,258,335|
|8 August 2010||Toronto||Canada||Air Canada Centre||33,650 / 33,650||$5,206,342|
|9 August 2010|
|12 August 2010||Montreal||Bell Centre||16,993 / 16,993||$2,494,880|
|14 August 2010||Philadelphia||United States||Wachovia Center||31,825 / 31,825||$4,885,207|
|15 August 2010|
|18 August 2010||Pittsburgh||Consol Energy Center||29,745 / 29,745||$4,804,207|
|19 August 2010|
|South America (first leg)|
|7 November 2010||Porto Alegre||Brazil||Estádio Beira-Rio||N/A||N/A|
|10 November 2010||Buenos Aires||Argentina||River Plate Stadium||91,262 / 91,262||$11,334,522|
|11 November 2010|
|21 November 2010||São Paulo||Brazil||Estádio do Morumbi||N/A||N/A|
|22 November 2010|
|North America (third leg)|
|13 December 2010[F]||New York City||United States||Apollo Theater||N/A||N/A|
|Europe (second leg)|
|17 December 2010||London||England||100 Club||350 / 350||$32,760|
|18 December 2010||HMV Hammersmith Apollo||N/A||N/A|
|20 December 2010||Liverpool||O2 Academy Liverpool||N/A||N/A|
|South America (second leg)|
|9 May 2011||Lima||Peru||Estadio Monumental "U"||N/A||N/A|
|11 May 2011||Santiago||Chile||Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos||N/A||N/A|
|22 May 2011||Rio de Janeiro||Brazil||Estádio Olímpico João Havelange||N/A||N/A|
|23 May 2011|
|North America (fourth leg)|
|10 June 2011||Las Vegas||United States||MGM Grand Garden Arena||N/A||N/A|
- Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
Instruments played by band members
|"Venus and Mars/Rock Show" or "Magical Mystery Tour" or "Hello Goodbye"||Bass||Electric guitar||Acoustic guitar/Electric guitar or Electric guitar||Keyboards||Drums|
|"All My Loving"||Electric guitar|
|"Got to Get You into My Life" or "Drive My Car"|
|"Highway" (not played in 2011)||Harmonica/Keyboards|
|"Let Me Roll It"||Electric guitar||Bass||Keyboards|
|"The Long and Winding Road"||Piano|
|"Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five"||Keyboards/Maracas|
|"Let 'Em In"||Keyboards|
|"My Love" (not played in 2011)|
|"I'm Looking Through You" or "I've Just Seen a Face"||Acoustic guitar||Acoustic guitar||Tambourine/Keyboards or Shaker|
|"Two of Us" or "And I Love Her"||Acoustic guitar or Claves|
|"Dance Tonight"||Mandolin||Electric guitar||Bass||Keyboards||Drums|
|"Mrs Vandebilt"||Acoustic guitar|
|"Ram On" (only in some cities)||Ukulele||Electric guitar||Bass||Drums|
|"Sing the Changes"||Bass||Acoustic guitar|
|"Band on the Run"||Electric guitar/Acoustic guitar|
|"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"||Acoustic guitar|
|"Back in the U.S.S.R."||Electric guitar|
|"I've Got a Feeling"||Electric guitar||Bass|
|"A Day in the Life"/"Give Peace a Chance"||Bass||Acoustic guitar||Acoustic guitar|
|"Let It Be"||Piano||Electric guitar||Bass|
|"Live and Let Die"|
|"Day Tripper"||Bass||Electric guitar||Tambourine|
|"Get Back"||Bass||Electric guitar|
|"Mull of Kintyre" (only in Glasgow and Toronto)||Acoustic guitar||Bass||Accordion||Drums|
|"Helter Skelter"||Bass||Electric guitar||Electric guitar||Electric guitar|
|"Sgt. Pepper's"/"The End"||Electric guitar||Bass/Electric guitar||Keyboards|
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