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PAUL MCCARTNEY’S UP AND COMING TOUR

First U.S Show of 2011 Confirmed

June 10 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Having played some three dozen shows to over 1,000,000 fans over the course of 2010, Paul McCartney’s record-smashing Up and Coming Tour will make its first U.S. stop of 2011 on Friday, June 10 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.

The announcement of Macca’s return to Las Vegas comes nearly two years to the day from the now-legendary April 19, 2009 performance that christened The New Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and was received with unanimous rapture by media both local (“the concert of a lifetime”–LAS VEGAS CITYLIFE; “Hair-raising. Spine-tingling. Maybe I’m amazed”–LAS VEGAS SUN) and national (“Macca signatures… still have the power to raise gooseflesh”–USA TODAY; “The energy at The Joint was like being at Bruce and U2 combined… The night was truly spectacular and took this fan on an emotional journey”–HITS).

McCartney’s triumphant return to Vegas June 10 at the MGM Grand can safely be predicted to feature some nearly three hours of the world’s best loved and most known music, with hits, deep cuts and surprises spanning his unrivalled career, from The Beatles, Wings, solo material and The Fireman’s critically acclaimed album Electric Arguments.

As on his Live 2009 tour and Up and Coming’s 2010 run, McCartney will be backed by the combo the LAS VEGAS SUN called “his best band since, well, the Beatles”: Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards, guitar, percussion, harmonica, backing vocals), Rusty Anderson (guitar, backing vocals), Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums, backing vocals) and Brian Ray (guitar, bass, backing vocals).

In 2010 Paul performed over 30 Up and Coming Tour dates across North America, South America and the UK. In addition to overwhelming levels of critical acclaim wherever the band played, last year saw many career firsts for Paul. These included rocking The White House in front of President Barack Obama and his family in June when Paul was made the first ever British recipient of the prestigious Gershwin Prize For Popular Song.  Paul returned to the White House again in December (where even the President joked about Paul becoming a regular there!) to be awarded with a Kennedy Center Honor.

Paul ended 2010 with a December 11 visit to Saturday Night Live in New York City followed by a career landmark first ever performance at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater on December 13 and three intimate homecoming shows in the UK.  He played the smallest club show of his career at London’s legendary 100 Club to just 300 people, which made headlines as far as China.  The final two shows were at the Hammersmith Apollo and at Liverpool’s O2 Academy.  Both shows broke venue box office records.

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PAUL MCCARTNEY WINS SOLO ROCK VOCAL PERFORMANCE GRAMMY

Paul McCartney added yet another accolade to his unparalleled list of achievements, as he was awarded with the statue for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards last night.

The Grammy went to the live version of  “Helter Skelter” from the Good Evening New York City (Hear Music/Concord), the gold-certified document of McCartney’s legendary 2009 three-night stand at Citi Field.

PAUL McCARTNEY NOMINATED FOR BEST SOLO ROCK PERFORMANCE GRAMMY

APPEARING ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE DECEMBER 11

APOLLO THEATER CONCERT TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON SIRIUS XM DECEMBER 13

RECEIVING KENNEDY CENTER HONOR DECEMBER 5

Paul McCartney continues to wind down yet another banner year in the most distinguished career in modern music with yet another in his cavalcade of Grammy nominations: The live version of “Helter Skelter” from last year’s gold-certified Good Evening New York City (Hear Music/Concord Music Group) will be up for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.

Paul’s schedule will be anything but idle leading up to the February 13, 2011 Grammy ceremony. Having just wrapped the sold out Up & Coming 2010 tour with two shows for over 130,000 fans at Sao Paolo’s Morumbi Stadium, Macca heads to the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington DC this weekend to receive a Kennedy Center Honor on Sunday, December 5. Kennedy Center Honors, now in their 33rd year, are awarded to five special recipients annually for their lifetime contribution to American culture through the performing arts.  Honorees are received by the President of the United States and the First Lady at a reception at the White House, then proceed to the Opera House for a Gala featuring surprise performances and tributes.  The Kennedy Center Honors medallions are  presented on Saturday 4th December, the night before the gala, at a State Department dinner hosted by Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

The following week, Paul and his ace band of Paul “Wix” Wickens, Rusty Anderson, Brian Ray and Abe Laboriel Jr. will appear on Saturday Night Live, marking the first time in some 17 years that Paul has graced the famed music stage of 30 Rockefeller’s Studio 8H.

Barely 48 hours later, Macca will play Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater for the first time. The intimate show will celebrate Sirius XM’s reaching the 20 million subscriber mark and launching a month-long “Paul McCartney’s Band on the Run Radio” channel. The concert, which will be held on Monday, December 13 at 8:00 pm ET, will feature McCartney performing songs from his unrivalled back catalog, including many Beatles, Wings and solo classics. The concert will air nationwide live on six channels including “Paul McCartney’s Band on the Run Radio,” Howard 101, one of Howard Stern’s two exclusive SIRIUS XM channels, Underground Garage, Classic Vinyl, The Coffee House and ‘70s on 7.

The last leg of Up & Coming, the SNL appearance, the Apollo show and the Sirius XM channel’s launch all coincide with the recent re-issue of Paul McCartney & Wings’ number one album from 1973, Band on the Run, the first title to be released as part of an extensive overhaul of McCartney’s complete catalog of solo recordings. The month-long “Band on the Run Radio” channel will also feature a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this landmark album, hosted by McCartney himself, as well as newly-discovered live performances of Wings tracks recorded at Abbey Road Studios from The Paul McCartney Archive.