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Report says Paul McCartney in talks to perform at new S.F. 49ers stadium

Paul McCartney
Photo by Eugene Gologursky

According to a report April 12 in the San Francisco Chronicle by columnists Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross, the San Francisco 49ers football team is talking with Paul McCartney about performing the first concert at their new yet-to-open Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA, which the columnists say would potentially put a crimp in any plans for McCartney to do a closing concert at Candlestick Park.

The report states that McCartney's representatives visited Candlestick Park last month and informed the city about the 49ers' plans. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee had originally helped set up the possibility of McCartney playing Candlestick when the Beatle played the Outside Lands festival last year. McCartney released a studio album, “NEW,” late last year.

The Beatles played their final paid concert at Candlestick in 1966. The San Francisco 49ers played their final game at Candlestick in 2013 and the former San Francisco Giants baseball stadium is to be torn down. The first event at the new Levi's stadium is a soccer game by the local San Jose Earthquakes set for Aug. 2.

According to the columnists, City Hall thought that the McCartney show was a done deal until they learned about the 49ers' plans. The story quoted a spokesman for the mayor as saying the city will still have a public farewell for Candlestick Park, but it will apparently be without McCartney.

The Beatles' concert at Candlestick Park on Aug. 29, 1966, came at the end of their third U.S. tour that began Aug. 12 in Chicago and included shows in Detroit, Cleveland, Washington, Philadelphia, Toronto, Boston, Memphis, Cincinnati, St. Louis, New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles (at Dodger Stadium), culminating in the show at windy, breezy Candlestick Park on San Francisco Bay.

The shows came after a short string of concerts in Europe and Asia, including a disastrous stop in Manila where the Beatles were lucky to escape the airport. The group left to a hostile reception after the regime of Ferdinand Marcos perceived the Beatles has snubbed an invitation from the royal family.