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McCartney still staying away from Coliseum

Sir Paul was a smash the last time he appeared at the Nassau Coliseum. Unfortunately, that was 12 long years ago. Considering the Beatle great’s fondness for holding concerts in the tri-state area, including appearances at Citi Field, Madison Square Garden and the Barclay’s Center, what keeps McCartney from returning to Uniondale?

Sir Paul has not performed at the Coliseum in nearly 12 years.
Photo by Eugene Gologursky

A top act last year but not at the Coliseum

As far as successful concert tours go, Paul McCartney can still rock with the best of them. reported Mr. Mop-Top raked in more than $69 million during 2013. That placed him at number 16 on its list of top grossers for the year. Regrettably, there weren’t any Coliseum shows by McCartney to report.

Paul’s been around recently

McCartney brought the house down at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center for two pre-summer warm-ups in June. Before that, he played before a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden for the 12-12-12 concert which benefitted Sandy victims. Still, Paul didn’t perform at the Nassau Coliseum, though his wife, Nancy Shevell, is a prominent Long Islander. Go figure.

It was a showstopper at the Coliseum

The last time Paul McCartney entertained Coliseum goers was on Apr. 21, 2002. What a show that was. The set list for the evening included Beatles classics like “Hello Goodbye,” “Blackbird” and “We Can Work it Out.” Sir Paul also provided gems from his days with Wings, among them “Coming Up” and “Let Me Roll It to You.”

As an added note, enthusiasts have long known about the "Paul McCartney driving USA tour” bootleg from the Coliseum that’s been floating around as a flac file download.

So why hasn’t Paul been to the Coliseum lately?

Rumor has it and it is only a rumor, technical difficulties have purportedly kept McCartney from returning to the Nassau Coliseum. It has been suggested that the aging arena cannot accommodate Paul’s sound requirements. None of the other venues in the region have had such a problem with this rock legend.

Whatever the issue, it’s time for the knighted lad from Liverpool to bestow a visit upon his loyal subjects in Uniondale. The Coliseum is waiting. While we’re at it, tell Ringo that the beach and Westbury aren’t the only games in town.

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