Minnesota governor declares Saturday Sir Paul McCartney Day as ex-Beatle performs
Article by: Associated Press
Updated: August 2, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS — Saturday is Sir Paul McCartney Day in Minnesota.
Gov. Mark Dayton issued that proclamation as the ex-Beatle prepares to perform at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Dayton recognized McCartney for his musical career spanning nearly six decades. The proclamation also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first — and only — Beatles concert in Minnesota.
McCartney performed with the Beatles at the old Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington in 1965. His most recent Twin Cities appearance was in 2005 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
McCartney brings his "Out There" tour to Target Field Saturday night for a sold-out show. With that concert, he will have performed in every Minnesota Twins baseball stadium.
Leaving his hotel
Minneapolis - Aug 2, 2014
August 02 2014
SoundCheck in the Target Field , Minneapolis..
Target Field open the doors
And in the end . . .
On the stage
August 2, 2014
Photo by MJ Kim and photo of poster by Brian Ray
Photo: Dana Koch
On his way to soundcheck
Tonight and at the concert
Can you think of a better sunset?
Paul McCartney at Target Field, Minneapolis August 2, 2014
Paul McCartney concert at Target Field. Photo: Brian Mark Peterson
Lisa Fravel, from Sioux City, IA., pointed to her Beatle button collection on her hat. Photo: David Brewster
Sir Paul McCartney performs with his band during the “Out There" Tour at the Times Union Center on Saturday, July 5, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Photo: Hans Pennink
Fans Flock To Target Field For Paul McCartney Concert
August 2, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The heavy rain held off for thousands of Paul McCartney fans packed into Target Field Saturday night.
The Governor declared this “Sir Paul McCartney Day” in Minnesota.
McCartney’s first concert in Minnesota was nearly 50 years ago back in 1965 at Met Stadium.
WCCO’s Kate Raddatz got to enjoy the show from nearby Target Field.
You can hear the crowd loving every minute of it.
And why wouldn’t they?
This was a sold out show. Tickets ran out in just 20 minutes.
As fans got to see a Beatle make his return to the Twin Cities, and for the first time at Target Field.
To fans both young and old, his music is timeless.
At the time period that he started making music, and with the Beatles, has influenced so many other artists like across genres,” Ashley Hudak, of Delano, said.
Sir Paul McCartney’s music career spans nearly six decades.
When fans found out he would be the featured summer concert at Target Field excitement was an understatement.
“So Stoked I’m here with my aunt and uncle I’ve been listening to the Beatles and Paul McCartney since I was a kid and they got me started on it,” Penny Cody, of Brooklyn Park, said.
Fans lined up early ahead of the concert ready to rock, hoping for their favorite songs would be played.
“‘Hey Jude’ probably. Or ‘Yellow Submarine’,” Kelsey German, of Delano, said.
“I know he’s going to play them all,” Bob Lier, of Canton, S.D., “They’re all my favorite. I like them all.”
But whether they had a favorite tune or not, if it was their first McCartney concert or one of many, fans knew it would be a night to remember.
“It’s classic. All the Beatles music is classic. It’ll live forever,” Lier said.
McCartney was last in the Twin Cities in 2005 at Xcel in St Paul, Minn.
Fans said they hope to see him make a stop again not so far away.