The rumours are true: Sir Paul McCartney will play his first New Zealand show in a very long time this December.
The Beatles legend and solo star will perform at Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium on December 16 his first show here since 1993.
The show, part of McCartney’s One By One world tour, was first rumoured through a Facebook post by Frontier Touring on Monday.
McCartney took part in a live Facebook Q and A last night to confirm his Australasian section of the tour, which also includes dates in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.
The star said of the announcement: “We’ve been waiting to get back to Australia and New Zealand for years and now it’s finally happening. It is very exciting.
“I’m really looking forward to the concerts as we’ve always had such a brilliant time whenever we’ve been before so we know we are in for a treat. Can’t wait to see you and all rock out together”.
Fans are likely to hear plenty of Beatles hits during the concert as McCartney said he likes to give the “mum and dad” audience members what they came to hear.
“I start with the fact that I used to go to concerts as a kid when I didn’t have any money and so I know what I want, so I think the average audience member wants what I wanted which is the performer to do songs you know and hits you love, so I kind of start with that,” he said.
It is likely, as this year is the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, that music from that album will feature prominently in his live set.
“I’m re-listening to it (Sgt Pepper’s) because it’s re-released after 50 years and it does sound good,” he said.
“Sgt Pepper, that was the first time we’d been really allowed as much time as we wanted because we were now off the road so that was different. We could fuss over every little sound and I had kind of forgotten that we did until some of the films and stuff came out about Sgt Pepper,” he said.
Reviews for the tour, which kicked off in 2016, have been well received, with Pop Matters reporting that, “in spite of the size of the venues, McCartney and his music forge a personal connection with each and every one in the audience”.
Recent set lists show he plays plenty of Beatles hits, including Can’t Buy Me Love, A Hard Day’s Night, We Can Work it Out and Eleanor Rigby, as well as Wings songs and his solo material. New Zealand Herald