Before the Boston Red Sox were embarrassed by the New York Yankees with a four-game sweep this weekend in the Bronx, there was some good news at the Sox’ home stadium: Paul McCartney came to town for a pair of concerts on August 5th and 6th at Fenway Park, and according to Live Nation, McCartney’s pair of gigs set a new record for the highest-ever two-night attendance in the stadium’s 97-year history.
Remarking on McCartney’s set list those two nights — a blend of newer tracks alongside solo and Beatles favorites — Live Nation East’s Dave Marsden joked, “No one in history has ever had 33 hits in one night at Fenway Park.” According to the Baseball Almanac, Marsden is right: The most hits by the Red Sox at Fenway Park in one night is 28 on June 27th, 2003, a game which saw Boston beat the Florida Marlins 25-8. The Red Sox scored 14 runs in the first inning of that game, 11 before an out was recorded, which is also probably a record.
It goes without saying that McCartney also set the three-night attendance record for a concert at New York’s Citi Field, considering that Macca was the first artist to perform at the new home of the New York Mets. (The show marked 44 years since the Beatles’ historic show at the Mets then-home Shea Stadium.) Three more dates remain on McCartney’s North American tour: An August 15th concert at Atlanta’s Piedmont Park, August 17th in Tulsa, Oklahoma and a visit to Dallas’ new Cowboys Stadium to close out his summer trek on August 19th.
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