Paul McCartney to return to site of Beatles' Japan concerts
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Paul McCartney announced March 10 he was adding a new date to his One on One Tour with an April 25 show at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan. The site was the location of five shows over three days by the Beatles from June 30 to July 2 in 1966. The new show moves the beginning of this year's One on One Tour up two days. Already scheduled were three dates: April 27, 29 and 30 at the Tokyo Dome, which McCartney said today in a press release said had sold out. The Japan dates are the only shows scheduled for McCartney to play in 2017 so far.

“The Budokan is such a special venue for me. I have amazing memories from first visiting in the 60s and then again on our last tour,” McCartney said in a statement. “I was already excited to be returning to Japan but with the news of the three Dome shows selling out and now this extra date I can’t wait to get back with the band and celebrate!” 

According to Mark Lewisohn's “The Complete Beatles Chronicle,” the group played to a crowd of 10,000 each show. Two shows on June 30 and July 1, distinguished by the Beatles wearing different colored suits, were taped by the Japanese TV network Nippon Television and broadcast as part of a TV special. The color tapes are some of the best records showing the Beatles performing in concert, though the performances themselves show a somewhat tired group.

McCartney will release a reissue of his 1989 album, "Flowers in the Dirt," on March 24. Genesis Publications recently published a book of rare pictures of the Beatles on- and off-stage while in Japan in 1966. The book, “Hello, Goodbye: The Beatles in Tokyo, 1966,” features the photos of Shimpei Asai. Fellow Beatle Ringo Starr will be featured with his 2016 All-Starr Band in a concert special this month on AXS-TV.