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Paul McCartney Will Play in Orlando

April 8, 2013
Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney will open his U.S. tour in Orlando, performing May 18 at Amway Center, according to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 12.

"A lot of days, it's really fun to be mayor, and this is one of those days," Dyer said, framing the news with nods to Beatles songs such as "The Long and Winding Road" and "Let It Be."

At age 70, the former Beatle showed no signs of fatigue in 2012, releasing a new studio album, "Kisses From the Bottom," and performing at high-profile events such as the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics Opening Ceremony in London and the 12-12-12 concert For Hurricane Sandy relief in New York.

In 2013, McCartney's "Out There" tour has booked only a handful of dates in the United States, including concerts in Austin, Texas (May 22); Tulsa, Okla. (May 29); Boston (July 9); and Washington, D.C. (July 12). Venues range from arenas to sports stadiums, such as Boston's Fenway Park.

McCartney last performed in Florida in April 2010, playing nearly three hours of classic hits from his Beatles, Wings and solo careers at Sun Life Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. He is accompanied by the touring band of keyboardist Paul "Wix" Wickens, guitarist Rusty Anderson, drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. and bassist Brian Ray.

The 2013 tour itinerary features a mixture of "places of historical significance to Paul" and cities where he hasn't performed before, according to a recent tour press release. McCartney last played in Orlando at the Citrus Bowl in May 1993 and recently has been spotted dining at Luma on Park in Winter Park, where his stepson apparently is a student at Rollins College.

Also at this morning's concert announcement was Neil Jacobsen, president of concert promotion company Live Nation Florida, and Allen Johnson, Amway Center executive director.

Dyer isn't typically involved in such concert announcements. The last time he personally broke news about a musical event, it was to tell Orlando about the outdoor music festival Orlando Calling, a two-day event that brought Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Kid Rock, the Killers and the Pixies to the Citrus Bowl in 2011.

Source: (c)2013 The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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