Paul McCartney (Joel Ryan/Associated Press)
This press release issued this morning by Paul McCartney's press office:
Paul McCartney is set to set three world records in one show in Las Vegas next month [Sunday April 19] when he hosts the planet's biggest “love-in” for Valentine couples - a gig which sold out in seven seconds.
As many as 2,000 couples will come together to be serenaded by the love song legend for a night of hugging and smooching, the biggest gathering of couples for a Valentine's party.
Tickets for Macca’s Sin City show at the opening of The New Joint at the Hardrock Hotel & Casino were deliberately put on sale on February 14th so that lovers could express their feelings with the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift surprise.
All 4,000 tickets sold out in seven seconds as Americans clamoured to win the love lottery, selling at a rate of almost six hundred seats a second - another record.
The rate of Macca's 7-second sell-out beats Take That's record set in November last year when tickets for the Circus tour sold all 600,000 in four and a half hours, a velocity of 2,222 a minute, or almost 40 a second.
“It’s going to be a love-fest in there as one half of the crowd has bought tickets for the other half of the crowd as their Valentine’s present”, said a spokesman for promoters Concerts West/AEG Live.
“When you set those feelings up against the love songs of Paul McCartney, it’s pretty fair to predict that there’s going to be a whole lot of lovin’ going on. If he plays My Love the new roof will probably come off”.
Now organisers are to claim two and possibly three new world records with the unique show.
“Although Guinness World Records cites numerous records relating to Valentine’s Day, nobody has managed a Valentine’s party this big before – so we’ll be claiming that”, said the spokesman,
"Plus it looks like the seven-second sell-out is a ticket rate record as well; we held our breath in shock for longer than that when we heard the figure.
“And there is another Guinness record it would be cool to break there too – the world record for the most couples hugging simultaneously is 1,451, set in Taiwan in 2007. Who knows, Paul may compere a crack at smashing that”.
The new $60 million Joint is double the size of the famous Vegas rock venue that became a must-play gig with bands including Oasis, The Killers, Linkin Park and Bon Jovi after first opening in 1995.
The astonishing demand for the Macca love-in which will inaugurate The New Joint is evidenced too by sky-high prices getting asked by scalpers – the respected fansite Beatles Examiner reports one pair of top-line seats are on sale at $9,999.
“It’s going to be a night like Vegas has never seen before”, said the spokesman, “Paul will leave The Joint smoking”.
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