Rock god Paul McCartney will be performing in the Twin Cities for just the seventh time on May 4 when he takes the stage for the first gig of a two-night stand at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The concert is McCartney’s first in Minnesota since his sold out show at Target Field on Aug. 22, 2014 and in honor of Macca’s upcoming Target Center shows, we decided to look back on McCartney’s history in the Gopher State.
McCartney’s first and only performance in Minnesota with The Beatles was on Aug. 21, 1965, when they played Met Stadium in front of a crowd of around 25,000 fans. The 11-song set was strong by all accounts but the experience was not a positive one for The Beatles. Following their show, the band’s hotel was besieged by fans and by midnight, the local police had to institute curfew. However according to law enforcement, a girl remained in Paul McCartney’s room, a violation of a local ordinance. The police sent the band’s manager in to fetch the girl and nothing more came from the incident, save for some hilariously strong words about the miscreant behavior of The Beatles by the police officer in the video embedded above.
McCartney’s next trip to the Twin Cities wouldn’t come until June 4, 1976, when he and his band Wings performed at the Civic Center in St. Paul as part of their acclaimed Wings Over America Tour. That performance marked Wings’ only trip to Minnesota and it would be McCartney’s last show in the state for almost two decades, until his 1993 performance at the Metrodome as part of The New World Tour.
McCartney would return to the Twin Cities when he played the Xcel Energy Arena on Sept. 23, 2002. In October 2005, McCartney came back to the Xcel Energy Arena for another sold out show but it would be nearly another 10 years before McCartney would make his triumphant return with his 2014 concert at Target Field.
McCartney’s One on One dates at the Target Center will be the sixth different venue the musician has played in Minnesota and the two-night stand promises to be his best concert yet. For more information and to get tickets to the One on One Tour dates in Minneapolis, click here.
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