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Atlanta loses Paul McCartney concert in June, Katy Perry still a go

Phillips Arena, the round white-topped building seen in the far left background of this photo, will be the entertainment venue for Paul McCartney and Katy Perry in 2014.
Phillips Arena, the round white-topped building seen in the far left background of this photo, will be the entertainment venue for Paul McCartney and Katy Perry in 2014.
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Philips Arena was all set to showcase Sir Paul McCartney in June, with his fans from Georgia anxiously awaiting his first appearance here since 2009, when he played in Piedmont Park, according to the June issue of Where Atlanta. But fellow Examiner Steve Marinucci reports on June 10 that "McCartney has had to postpone his first U.S. Out There! concert dates," due to illness. And he will not be making his June 21 appearance as a result, rescheduling it for October 15 in Atlanta instead.

Katy Perry is also scheduled to be at Philips Arena this month, on the 28th to be exact, and so far that 7:30 p.m. concert date appears to be firm and almost sold out. The lowest ticket pricing available as of June 10 was $97.80 based on the Ticketmaster. But that ticket price could sell out as I write this, so if you want to see this pop culture singer in Atlanta, Ga. soon you better get your ticket quick.

For those looking for a convenient and phenomenal place to eat or stay while in downtown Atlanta there are a number of businesses vying for your attention. The Omni Hotel is just a stone's throw away, if you want to bed down there for the night, making it less complicated to make your way home through the crowd at the concert's end. But just a few blocks away in downtown Atlanta is the Westin Peachtree Plaza, which boasts the Sundial Restaurant, that 72-floor high rotating venue that gives you a 360 degree panoramic view of the city, including nearby Philips Arena.

Pittypat's Porch is the place to go if you are a big "Gone With the Wind" fan, since the food and ambiance speak to that particular period and film. It is located adjacent the Westin, so if you stay at that 73-floor luxury facility you only have to step outside (once you get to the lobby level) and walk across the street in order to dine like Scarlett O'hara. But don't expect the menu's to be on those cute little Southern fans anymore, as the manager told me this week they have changed that tradition.

For a spicy appetizer, I highly recommend the pecan coated catfish fingers with pittypat's tasty remoulade sauce. Yummy, yummy, yummy! But you better order some water to wash it down, as it does have a little bit of a kick.