Paul McCartney returning to Beatles concert site for special show

Paul McCartney announced March 19 he is adding a show to his "Out There!" tour April 28 in Japan at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. Presale of tickets for the show will be available on his website beginning at 10 a.m. local time/1 a.m. GMT March 21.

The Budokan was the site of five shows played by the Beatles over three days in June and July of 1966. According to Mark Lewisohn's “The Complete Beatles Chronicle,” the group performed one show on June 30 and two each on July 1 and 2 in front of 10,000 fans each show. The concert on June 30 and the first one on July 1 were both videotaped in color by Nippon Television (NTV). During their stay in Japan, the Beatles were heavily guarded and weren't allowed to leave their hotel.

“It’s very exciting to be returning to the Budokan because it is a very special place and was the first place we played in Japan,” McCartney said about the Beatles shows. “There was a lot of controversy at the time but I now know that it is a regular venue for a lot of people. But for me it has a very special place in my memory.” The special show was originally planned for last year but this and all his Far East dates were canceled after McCartney became ill.

The new April 28 show is added to the Japanese tour dates April 21 at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka and April 23, 25 and 27 at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo. McCartney will also play concerts in Europe and at the Firefly Music Festival in Delaware. Tickets for some shows are available here.