Is Paul McCartney getting back to Des Moines? It's looking good.
Matthew Leimkuehler , Des Moines Register
Published April 24, 2017
Paul McCartney kicks off his first song at Dover's Firefly Music Festival in 2015.
(Photo: SUCHAT PEDERSON/THE NEWS JOURNAL)
Sir Paul McCartney, it’s been too long.
Twelve years, to be sort-of exact, since you last brought your collection of world-changing songs to Des Moines. Could you be getting back to Iowa’s capital city this summer? All signs point to Iowans letting him in.
Posted around 8 a.m. Monday morning, the Iowa Events Center launched Tuesday10am.com, teasing a “special announcement for an upcoming concert this summer” Tuesday morning via a press conference at Cowles Commons. Running along the top of the website are banners that boast popular McCartney numbers like “Let It Be” and “Live And Let Die.”
“Join us, and maybe you'll be amazed ...,” the post reads.
A screenshot from Tuesday10AM.com, a website teasing a "special" concert announcement from Wells Fargo Arena. (Photo: Tuesday10am.com/Special to the Register)
While this teaser site wants to hold our hand, the Iowa Events Center couldn’t confirm McCartney’s return Monday and encouraged all interested to work it out in your schedule and jet down to Cowles Commons for the Tuesday event.
Paul McCartney last performed in Des Moines on Oct. 27, 2005. It was the first announced show in Wells Fargo Arena history. McCartney’s previous Iowa shows also include a capacity performance at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames. If confirmed, it would be the second act planning to return this summer after playing the arena’s opening year; Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, the Iowa Events Center’s first concert, returns to the arena stage June 5.
Known (obviously) as a co-founder and songwriter in cultural phenomenon The Beatles and frontman of 1970s outfit Wings, McCartney last released a studio record, the memorable “New,” in 2013. In recent years McCartney’s collaborated with the likes of Dave Grohl and Kanye West, and he brought home one of music’s biggest awards, a Kennedy Center Honor.
Paul McCartney at the CenturyLink?
Published April 24, 2017
INDIO, CA - OCTOBER 15: Musician Paul McCartney performs during Desert Trip at the Empire Polo Field on October 15, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Could it be so? Could the "once-in-a-lifetime event" that the CenturyLink Center is touting while playing coy be megastar Paul McCartney?
The CenturyLink on Friday announced a press conference for Tuesday morning to announce the big coming event. The invitation's background featured a Union Jack, the British flag, which prompted much speculation. McCartney, the former Beatles and Wings star, was among the artists mentioned.
Now the popular website Bandsintown is showing a CenturyLink stop for McCartney . . . July 15. The Bossier City date is one of four McCartney concerts listed and the only one in the United States.
No ticket price information was listed.
Rebecca Bonnevier, general manager of the CenturyLink, said she could not confirm the McCartney date. "We have no information," she said Monday morning.