Paul McCartney marked two touring firsts with his recent show in Ecuador. Not only was it Sir Paul’s first-ever concert in that country, but it was also the highest elevation at which he’s ever played.
This week’s performance of the Out There tour in Quito clocks in at a dizzying altitude of 9,350 feet. The AP noted on Thursday that McCartney has performed in high-altitude cities in the past, such as Bogota, Colombia (8,612 feet), and Mexico City (7,943 feet), but the Quito stop tops them both.
Fans in Ecuador were delighted to welcome McCartney to their country for the first time and even marked the occasion with a public display of art. A Beatles fan club reportedly teamed up with authorities to recreate the linear album art for McCartney’s latest album, "New," on the side of Pichincha Mountain, which could be seen from many points within the city.
McCartney returned the love during the show by holding up a huge Ecuadorian flag and exclaimed “what a night!” on Twitter afterwards.
The Out There tour then moved on to Costa Rica last night, marking another country debut for McCartney. Up next is a brief swing through Asia beginning with a two-night stop in Tokyo on May 17-18. He will then perform in Osaka and Seoul on May 24 and 28, respectively, before kicking off the American leg of his tour on June 14 at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas.
Meanwhile, tickets for one of McCartney’s most anticipated concerts this year are now available in a presale. On August 14, he will help San Francisco bid a fond farewell to Candlestick Park, where the Beatles also held their final concert in 1966, by playing its last show before being demolished. The presale began today and runs through 10 p.m. PT Sunday. Tickets will then go on sale for the general public on Monday.
Making it to Farewell to Candlestick Park: The Final Concert may prove to be a pricey undertaking, however. According to Forbes, the average price for tickets on the secondary market currently runs about $892, more than 150 percent higher than the average cost of an Out There ticket and more than 100 percent higher than what it cost football fans to see the 49ers’ last home game at Candlestick.