Paul McCartney to Play Candlestick Park's Last Concert

Legend returns to the site of the Beatles' final official show

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April 27, 2014 7:43 PM ET

Paul McCartney is taking his Out There tour back to some poignant sites in Beatles history. The rock legend has just added two new West Coast dates onto his expanding U.S. tour, including a farewell show for the venue where the Beatles played their final full concert as a group on August 29th, 1966.

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On August 14th, McCartney will play a concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park called "Farewell to Candlestick: The Final Concert." It will be the last show to be played at the former home stadium of the Giants and the 49ers before the historic venue is demolished.

According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the city's mayor, Ed Lee, personally invited McCartney to close the venue when McCartney played at the Outside Lands festival last summer. "Sir Paul McCartney is a class act, and I am very grateful that he's coming back to Candlestick to help us give this iconic landmark the goodbye it deserves," Lee told the paper when the concert was announced. "To add a concert like this, one that's not only just great on a purely entertainment level, but one that is rooted in the city's history and musical history, is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event."

McCartney hasn't made many stops in San Francisco during his solo career. In fact, when he played at AT&T Park in July 2010, it was his first show in the city since that historic Beatles concert.

McCartney will also be playing at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium on August 10th, another venue he hasn't performed in since that final run of Beatles concerts in 1966. It will also be his first major L.A. show since his two-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl in 2010.

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