Houston, TX – Paul McCartney's record-breaking “On The Run Tour” will round out 2012 by returning to North America for select shows including Houston, TX on November 14 at Minute Maid Park, his first Houston concert in nearly seven years. Tickets will go on sale Friday, September 14 at 10:00am and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, 866-448-7849 or online at Ticketmaster.com.
McCartney’s first Houston performance was The Beatles' 1965 concert at Sam Houston Coliseum. He has since visited Houston in 1976 on the Wings Over America tour, in 1993 on the New World Tour, in 2002 on the Back in the US Tour, and most recently on The US Tour in 2005.
“We are thrilled to have Paul McCartney perform at Minute Maid Park,” said Houston Astros President and CEO George Postolos. “He is truly a legend and an icon in the music world and beyond. This is an honor for us and the city of Houston.”
“On The Run” kicked off over a year ago with the legendary July 15-16, 2011 doubleheader at New York City's Yankee Stadium that had 90,000 fans singing along non-stop over the course of two near three-hour performances. The tour has played over 30 dates spanning North and South America, the UK and Europe and the United Arab Emirates. More recently, McCartney gifted Mexico with a historic free show on May 10, 2012 drawing 250,000 to Mexico City's central plaza, The Zocalo.
The November 2012 dates are McCartney's first in the U.S. and Canada since the summer 2011 run which generated some of the most enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics alike:
The New York Times hailed that "his concerts now are a gentle reminder of his survival and vitality... He perseveres, and entertains, by directly reconnecting to his songs across the decades and still having fun." Rolling Stone was impressed that "he seems to relish the stage all the more when he does play live... 'I told you we were going to have a good time,' he said during the encore.” Brooklyn Vegan raved "Paul hasn't aged a bit. Nothing about the show was dated at all. Paul's voice and musicianship were totally intact, his band was excellent, and the clips/images/visuals screening on the stage's backdrop were widely appealing." The Village Voice remarked that "Paul reminds people of their fabulous youth. That's a lot of youth: the crowd was genuinely intergenerational... Changed my life." The Detroit Metro Times simply stated "The entire night was a thing of beauty."