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Paul McCartney announces Phoenix tour stop: ‘Getting Better’ all the time

Paul McCartney plays Phoenix' US Airways Center Aug. 12.
Paul McCartney plays Phoenix' US Airways Center Aug. 12.
Nasty Little Man

Long ago in a galaxy far, far away a fuzzy-faced teen – make that gazillions of fuzzy-faced teens – shelled out scads of their hard earned cash to buy their very first album – that would be a “vinyl” for anyone born after 1990. And if it so happened that the aspiring adults were born in the ‘50s, chances are better than great that the cover of that first album featured four mop-topped Liverpudlians – cue the insane screaming.

With Paul McCartney’s April 28 announcement of a US Airways Center stop on his “Out There Tour,” gazillions of craggy-faced “veterans” will get another welcome chance to witness The Beatle’s inimitable musical brilliance. The Phoenix gig is McCartney’s first date in the area since the March 2010 opener of the “Up and Coming Tour.”

McCartney and his crack band for the last 10+ years – Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums) – will electrify concertgoers with material from McCartney’s music-shaping catalogue, spanning his career as a solo artist, a member of Wings – and maybe, just maybe a Beatle tune or two. The celebrated music legend will no doubt throw in a few cuts from his most recent hailed effort, his 16th studio album “New.”

The iconic artist launched the universally acclaimed “Out There Tour” in 2013 in Brazil, visiting 23 cities across South America, Europe, North America and Japan. Music fans can expect McCartney’s usual state of the art technology and production, including massive screens, lasers, fireworks – and a lot of the most explosive music in recorded history.

Tickets for the Phoenix date go on sale to the general public on Monday, May 5 at 10 a.m. local time. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Thursday, May 1 at 10 a.m. through Sunday, May 4 at 10 p.m. And this is one fuzzy-faced teenager turned craggy-faced veteran that will be first in line.