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McCartney's concert now rescheduled for Oct. 2 at USA

June 13, 2014

By William Kerns, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas



June 13--Knighted in 1997 for services to both music and charities, Sir Paul McCartney has not yet been able to truly explore the home town of mentor Charles Hardin ("Buddy") Holly, much less deliver a full-scale performance in Lubbock.

His personal battle against an Asian virus he picked up in Japan now finds his plan to perform in Lubbock, and six other American cities, delayed for at least another three and one-half months.

In fact, his planned headlining date on Saturday at the United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock has been moved from June 14 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2.

Tickets for the June 14 concert will be accepted on Oct. 2 at the USA.

McCartney -- who will turn 72 in five days and yet still is known for delivering three-hour-long rock 'n' roll shows -- has wisely opted to follow the advice of physicians, who feel that he has not yet recovered from an Asian viral infection that saw him cancel Japanese shows on May 17, 18 and 21 in Tokyo, and May 24 in Osaka, as well as his first visit to Seoul, South Korea, on May 28.

Those shows were "canceled."

This week he "postponed" seven shows slated between June 14 and June 26 in the United States, including the kickoff to his American tour on Saturday in Lubbock.

While thousands of fans no doubt are disappointed, those who truly love Mc-Cartney and all he stands for, not to mention all that he and his three band-mates in the Beatles accomplished, no doubt want this musician to completely recover before he again tries to play a left-handed guitar, bass or piano.

So he has canceled shows on June 14 in Lubbock, June 16 in Dallas, June 19 in New Orleans, June 21 in Atlanta, June 22 in Jacksonville, June 25 in Nashville and June 26 in Louisville.

If his health allows, he will make up each show in October.

A message on his website when he canceled the Asian shows stated, "Paul has only ever had to reschedule a handful of shows in his entire career, and he is so upset about this situation. He hates to let people down."

His third wife, Nancy Shevell, 53, stayed by his bedside.

Keep in mind that not only is McCartney eager to perform in Holly's hometown, he also is eager to perform at San Francisco'sCandlestick Park before a wrecking ball destroys that famed stadium.

After all, it was on Aug. 29, 1966, that the Beatles delivered their final live concert at Candlestick Park. McCartney presently plans to perform on Aug. 14 at the same San Francisco stadium.

Looking back, only 25,000 attended that show in 1966 at Candlestick; capacity then was 42,000. Ticket prices varied from $6.50 to $14.50.

The Beatles took the stage near 9:30 p.m. in 1966, and played 11 songs: "Rock And Roll Music," "She's A Woman," "If I Needed Someone," "Day Tripper," "Baby's In Black," "I Feel Fine," "Yesterday," "I Wanna Be Your Man," "Nowhere Man," "Paperback Writer" and "Long Tall Sally."

McCartney's American tour now opens on July 5 in Albany, N.Y.

He stated on his website, PaulMcCartney.com, "I'm sorry, but it's going to be a few more weeks before we get rocking in America again. I'm feeling great but taking my docs' advice to take it easy for just a few more days. Look forward to seeing you all soon."

Kent Meredith, director of the United Supermarkets Arena, said, "In the sad event that ticket-holders are unable to attend his show on Oct. 2, they can return their tickets to the Select-A-Seat outlet where they purchased them, and receive a full refund.

"The best thing we can say is that Sir Paul McCartney has just postponed his Lubbock show," Meredith said. "He already has rescheduled the date at our venue. He still is coming to Lubbock."

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