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Paul McCartney returns to another Beatles concert venue for new Out There! show

The poster for Paul McCartney's Budokan show.
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Paul McCartney announced on his website May 9 a new show for his Out There! Tour will bring him back to the Nippon Budokan on May 21. Then called the Tokyo Budokan, it was the site of three days of concerts by the Beatles in 1966. Limited pre-sale tickets for the new show will be available through Paul's Japanese language social media accounts on LINE and Twitter beginning at 10 a.m. local time/2 a.m. BST on May 11, his website said.

Jash's Paul McCartney News told Beatles Examiner that tickets are topping out at 100,000 Japanese Yen for the arena. That's roughly $982 American dollars according to the latest exchange rates.

Paul McCartney and the Beatles played the Tokyo Budokan Hall on June 30, and July 1-2, 1966. The group played five concerts in the three nights – one on June 30 and two each on July 1 and 2. Japanese officials set the group up on an incredibly detailed schedule and security was so tight that the Beatles were forced to remain in their hotel rooms.

According to Jörg Pieper and Volker Path's “The Beatles Film and TV Chronicle 1961-1970,” the first concert was filmed in color for Japanese television with the group wearing dark suits and trousers. The concert, however, had problems with the microphones, which wouldn't remain steady. Brian Epstein reportedly ordered a second show to be filmed the next day with the Beatles wearing light gray pinstripe jackets with their dark trousers. It turned out better, though both films have circulated among collectors.

“It’s very exciting to be returning to the Budokan because it is a very special place and was the first place we played in Japan,” McCartney said. “There was a lot of controversy at the time but I now know that it is a regular venue for a lot of people. But for me it has a very special place in my memory.”

While the Beatles' Budokan concert is well known, several other groups recorded live albums there. These included Cheap Trick, Bob Dylan, the Carpenters and Rainbow.

The new show adds to the 2014 Out There! tour shows returning to venues played with the Beatles. In the U.S., he'll also play at Dodger Stadium and Candlestick Park. The Beatles performed shows in both locations in 1966. The show at Candlestick Park in San Francisco was their last ticketed concert.

McCartney's Out There! Tour plays its first of four 2014 shows in Japan on May 17 with two shows in Tokyo and one in Osaka in addition to the new Budokan show. Last November, McCartney played six sold-out shows in Japan in Tokyo, Fukuoka and Osaka.

A U.S. swing begins June 14 in Lubbock, Texas. Besides the Lone Star State, it includes dates in Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, North Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, Montana, Arizona, California and Utah. Tickets for American shows are also available here and here.

The 2013 edition of the Paul McCartney Out There! tour began May 4 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil at Mineiräo Stadium. It featured over 30 shows in Brazil, the U.S., Poland, Austria, Italy and Canada before ending in Japan.

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