Paul McCartney is making his way back to Candlestick Park to close out the venue’s concert slate in style. Nearly 50 years after McCartney and the Beatles last performed there, it was announced on Sunday that he will bring his 2014 “Out There” tour to the park for the final performance ever held there this summer.
"Farewell to Candlestick: The Final Concert” is set for Aug. 14 and will mark the venue’s last concert before being demolished. Tickets will go on sale starting May 5 through Ticketmaster.
“Sir Paul McCartney is a class act, and I am very grateful that he's coming back to Candlestick to help us give this iconic landmark the goodbye it deserves," San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said.
Lee had a major role in getting McCartney as Candlestick’s closing act when he personally invited the former Beatle to play there after he appeared at the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco last year. The mayor went on to say that in addition to being “great on a purely entertainment level,” McCartney’s scheduled appearance is “rooted in the city's history and musical history,” calling it a once-in-a-lifetime event.
As many longtime Beatles fans know, Candlestick has a very special significance in the band’s storied history. On Aug. 29, 1966, the Fab Four played what became their final full concert together at the venue, which means McCartney’s concert at the park will come just a couple of weeks shy of the 48th anniversary of that famed Beatles gig.
McCartney, who recently added several new dates to his ongoing “Out There” tour and on Monday added dates in Missoula and Phoenix, also announced that he will appear at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 10, a gig Rolling Stone notes is his first at that venue since the same run with the Beatles that culminated at Candlestick in 1966.
Candlestick Park began construction way back in 1958 and was originally built to be the home of MLB’s New York Giants-turned-San Francisco Giants, who played there for 40 years. In the meantime, it was the home of the San Francisco 49ers from 1971 until the end of the 2013 season. On Sept. 14, the 49ers will play the first game at their new home, Levi’s Stadium in nearby Santa Clara. That matchup with the Chicago Bears is scheduled to be broadcast in primetime. Levi’s Stadium was also selected last May to host Super Bowl L in 2016.