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Paul McCartney Concert Coming to UM Aug. 5

April 28, 2014

MISSOULA – Rock icon Paul McCartney will perform Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the University of Montana’s Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 9, at all GrizTix locations, by phone at 1-888-MONTANA and online at http://www.griztix.com.

The concert is a continuation of McCartney’s acclaimed Out There tour, which visited 23 cities across South America, Europe, North America and Japan in 2013. The tour currently is scheduled to hit 19 U.S. cities in 2014.
“I first heard of Paul McCartney when I was in the fifth grade watching ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’” UM President Royce Engstrom said. “What an honor to have this legend perform in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.”

The last concert at UM’s stadium featured the Rolling Stones rocking a crowd of more than 23,000 in October 2006. According to Brad Murphy, executive director of UM’s Adams Center, McCartney was told by Mick Jagger that UM is a great place to play. This will be McCartney’s first-ever appearance in Missoula.

The Out There tour features music from one of the most beloved catalogs in popular music, as McCartney performs songs spanning his career – as a solo artist, a member of Wings and, of course, a Beatle. The set list will also include material from McCartney’s most recent studio album “NEW,” a global hit upon its release last year.

The Paul McCartney tour uses state-of-the-art technology and production to ensure the entire audience has the best possible experience, with massive screens, lasers, fireworks, unique video content and some of the best songs in the world. His shows attract a multigenerational audience from different backgrounds all brought together by his music.

For three hours, some of the greatest moments from the past 50 years of music are relived – music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their lives. The past decade has seen McCartney and his band perform in an impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow’s Red Square, at Buckingham Palace, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to more than 400,000 people and even broadcast live into space.

The concert will feature McCartney’s band for more than a decade: Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums).

McCartney set a personal career best by winning five Grammy Awards in one night earlier this year. In the United Kingdom, he also was honored by music bible NME with a special one-off award, the “Songwriter’s Songwriter Award,” which is a unique accolade chosen by his peers.

For a short feature on McCartney, click http://bit.ly/1ked8ty.

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Contact: Brad Murphy, UM Adams Center executive director, 406-243-4261, brad.murphy@mso.umt.edu.