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ONE ON ONE : Aug 15 2016 - Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
Paul McCartney performing in Grand Rapids tonight
24 Hour News 8 web staff
Published: August 15, 2016
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Sir Paul McCartney will take the stage in Grand Rapids for the first time Monday evening.
McCartney, founding member of The Beatles, is bringing his new “One on One” tour to Van Andel Arena.
The tour sold out in less than 10 minutes when tickets went on sale earlier this year. There are still some tickets available on StubHub ranging from $150 to $600 depending on where the seats are located.
There is no opening act. Van Andel Arena has said McCartney may go on promptly at 8 p.m. Concert-goers are also encouraged to arrive early because there will be high security.
The concert is expected to include dozens of classics from McCartney’s career as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle, according to a press release.
‘Geeked’ for Paul McCartney, fans pack Van Andel
Show billed as biggest concert ever at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids
Published: August 16, 2016
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Paul McCartney’s first visit to Grand Rapids drew thousands of eager fans to Van Andel Arena Monday night.
It was a sold-out show — it sold out 10 minutes after tickets were available, in fact — and was billed as the biggest concert ever at Van Andel. That was hard to argue as a massive number of people packed the arena.
A sign on the front of Van Andel Arena advertising Paul McCartney’s show.
For many concert-goers, it doesn’t get much bigger or better than one of The Beatles.
“Colossal,” fan Mitch Mellen said of McCartney’s status among music legends.
“I’m not just a Paul McCartney fan. I’m a Beatles fan. I was born in 1963 — the band started in 1963. This is going to be an amazing night,” Tim Wright said before the concert began.
While the superfans were in full supply, it was the long lines that caught the eye. People wrapped all the way around three sides of the arena before the concert.
Fans line up outside Van Andel Arena before Paul McCartney’s show.
“It tells me how many fans he has that have been waiting for him to come to our town,” John Scheibe said.
Scheibe hails from Kent City. He first listened to McCartney on the Beatles “White Album” when he was just 9 years old.
“I’ve never seen Paul. I’ve been waiting 56 years for the opportunity,” he told 24 Hour News 8. “I’m geeked. This it. I’m here.”
Then, around 8:20 p.m., it was time:
“Hello, Grand Rapids!” McCartney shouted as the crowd cheered.
Paul McCartney at Van Andel Arena.
McCartney kicked off the set list with a couple of Beatles’ classics: “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “A Hard Day’s Night.”
It was an unforgettable night for the thousands of fans taking in arguably the biggest name in rock and roll royalty.
“This is, like I said, epic, iconic in a sense, for Grand Rapids. It’s a small big city to bring an artist of this caliber to Grand Rapids,” Wright said.
Paul was expected to play for 2 hours and 40 minutes — 36 songs in all — from his time as a solo artist, as a member of Wings, and of course legendary Beatles hits.
Paul McCartney One on One Tour
Paul McCartney's One on One Tour stopped at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on Aug. 15, 2016.
Credit: Michael Buck/WOOD TV8