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Up and Coming Tour

Up and Coming Tour
Online tour advertisement
Tour by Paul McCartney
Start date 28 March 2010
End date 10 June 2011
Legs 8
Shows 24 in North America
9 in Europe
9 in South America
42 in total
Paul McCartney concert chronology
Good Evening Europe Tour
Up and Coming Tour
On the Run Tour

The Up and Coming Tour was a concert tour by Paul McCartney. The tour began on 28 March 2010, at the Arena in Glendale, Arizona (Phoenix suburb), included two concerts at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, following with concerts in Miami and San Juan, the latter marking McCartney's first concert in Puerto Rico as well as the first presence of a Beatles member.

McCartney announced shows for Europe, including his first appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival, his first Scottish date for 20 years at Hampden Park, Glasgow, his last being at Glasgow SECC Arena on 23 June 1990 and his first show in Cardiff, Wales in over three decades, at the Millennium Stadium. Additional dates are to be announced.[1][2] On 5 April McCartney announced his first concert in Mexico since 2002. On 17 May McCartney announced a return to the United States in July, visiting Salt Lake City and San Francisco. On 28 May 2010, McCartney announced his first-ever show in Nashville. The Salt Lake City show marked McCartney's first show in Utah, and the San Francisco show marked his first performance in the city since The Beatles performed at Candlestick Park in 1966. On 3 June 2010, McCartney announced he would be opening the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh with a show on 18 August 2010. He also announced other cities, including Denver, Kansas City, Toronto, Montreal and Philadelphia as part of the tour's upcoming return to North America. On 7 June 2010, McCartney announced his first show in Charlotte, North Carolina since his mammoth New World Tour in 1993. It was McCartney's first show in North Carolina since his Back in the U.S. Tour in 2002. On 14 June 2010, McCartney announced second dates for Toronto and Pittsburgh, due to popular demand in both cities, and the fact that the shows sold out in minutes. McCartney’s 14 August 2010 show at the Wachovia Center sold out in two minutes, and another show was added for 15 August. In November 2010, McCartney returned to Argentina and Brazil for the first time in 17 years since the New World Tour with two sold out shows in São Paulo that attracted over 140,000 fans. McCartney returned to South America in 2011 for another 4 concerts, Peru, Chile and two in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The tour ended on 10 June with a show in Las Vegas.


  • The O2 rehearsals 1
  • Technical specifications 2
  • Web chat 3
  • Gershwin Prize 4
  • Tour band 5
  • Reception 6
    • In the United States 6.1
    • In South America 6.2
  • Tour dates 7
  • Set list 8
  • Instruments played by band members 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

The O2 rehearsals

Three months after ending his Good Evening Europe Tour at the O2, McCartney used the arena to stage full rehearsals. He had previously hired the venue to rehearse for his '04 Summer Tour.

Talking about performing in London, McCartney said, "My last show of 2009 was in London at the O2 Arena and we had a great night, there was a great party atmosphere. I hope that this summer we can have an even bigger party in Hyde Park. I've had a little taste of performing in the park when I guested briefly with Neil Young there last summer and it tasted good. So I'm looking forward to getting there with the band and performing our own show."

Technical specifications

The tour required 31 trucks to transport all its equipment and employed a full-time crew of over 150 people to make it all work. The total weight of all the tour's equipment was 125,000 pounds (57,000 kg). The indoor concerts on the tour used 90 speakers, and the outdoor stadium shows used 130. Backstage at each show there were 14 touring offices and dressing rooms. The catering department served approximately 480 vegetarian meals a day to the crew.[3]

Web chat

Paul McCartney made his first ever webchat with fans on 20 May 2010. He spoke from his Sussex studio during the chat. He announced the winners of a competition run by his website, and said that the tour would most likely visit Brazil, Peru, Chile, and Argentina. He also praised his confidence with his band members during the tour.

Gershwin Prize

Paul McCartney receiving the Gershwin Prize from President Obama

McCartney received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from President Barack Obama on 2 June 2010. McCartney is the third winner of the Gershwin prize, which is the most prestigious American award for popular music.

After collecting the award, McCartney performed at a star-studded concert inside the White House, playing songs such as "Eleanor Rigby", "Let It Be" and "Michelle" in tribute to the US First Lady, Michelle Obama. Stevie Wonder joined him on stage to perform a duet of "Ebony and Ivory" before McCartney ended the concert with "Hey Jude".

Also performing were Faith Hill, Emmylou Harris, Jack White, Dave Grohl, Lang Lang, Jonas Brothers, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae and Elvis Costello.

Tour band

Rusty Anderson (Backing Vocals,
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar)

Paul McCartney
(Lead Vocals, Bass,
Acoustic Guitar, Piano,
Electric Guitar,
Ukelele, Mandolin)

Brian Ray (Backing Vocals, Bass,
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar)

Paul Wickens
(Backing Vocals, Keyboards,
Electric Guitar, Percussion,
Harmonica, Accordion)
Abe Laboriel, Jr. (Backing Vocals,
Drums, Percussion)


In the United States

Reception towards the Up and Coming Tour in the United States was generally positive.

In Phoenix: The Arizona Republic stated the following: "With apologies to Ringo Starr, The Beatles legacy couldn’t have hoped to be in better hands at this late date than Paul McCartney’s."[4][5][6]

In Los Angeles, McCartney said, "The first time we came here we were little kids," told the sold-out Bowl throng, recalling how big it seemed."[7][8]

In Miami: "There was a little of everything: Good potential for a contact high. Beatles Rock Band images on the big video screen. AARP members storming the barricades just like in the ‘60s – only with digital cameras, not protest signs. A ukulele-powered version of "Something"[9]

In South America

Paul McCartney performing at Estadio Monumental in Lima, Peru (Up and Coming Tour, 9 May 2011)

In Buenos Aires, the online presale began on 10 October by CrowdSurge, two days later by Ticketek (only for BBVA Banco Francés customers). The presale began at 10 am, but 4 minutes later the system crashed. The 25,000 tickets enabled for the Ticketek presale sold out within hours, along with the general public sale.[10] On 14 October ticketek announced a new concert for Thursday 11 November, this show was added due to overwhelming demand, the pre-sale (again, only for BBVA Banco Francés customers) began 15 and the regular tickets on 19. Both concerts sold out in a few hours[11][12][13] The first concert sold out in 1 hour, and the second one in nine hours.

Rede Globo, Brazil's television network, broadcast only 1-hour of "best moments" of the first São Paulo concert on 21 November. Both São Paulo tickets were sold out in less than 10 hours, with over 128,000 sold.[14]

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue Attendance Revenue
North America
28 March 2010 Phoenix United States Arena 14,011 / 14,011 $2,195,245
30 March 2010 Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl 33,916 / 33,916 $5,351,425
31 March 2010
3 April 2010 Miami Sun Life Stadium 35,784 / 35,784 $4,325,859
5 April 2010 San Juan Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum N/A N/A
27 May 2010 Mexico City Mexico Foro Sol N/A N/A
28 May 2010
10 June 2010 Washington, D.C. United States The White House Gershwin Prize for Popular Song
12 June 2010 Dublin Republic of Ireland RDS Arena N/A N/A
13 June 2010 Isle of Wight England Seaclose Park Isle of Wight Festival
20 June 2010 Glasgow Scotland Hampden Park N/A N/A
26 June 2010 Cardiff Wales Millennium Stadium N/A N/A
27 June 2010 London England Hyde Park Hard Rock Calling
1 July 2010 Battersea Power Station The Old Vic 192
North America (second leg)
7 July 2010 New York City United States Radio City Music Hall N/A N/A
10 July 2010 San Francisco AT&T Park 40,512 / 40,512 $4,752,027
13 July 2010 Salt Lake City Rio Tinto Stadium 25,414 / 25,414 $3,193,716
15 July 2010 Denver Pepsi Center 14,465 / 14,465 $1,659,665
24 July 2010 Kansas City Sprint Center 14,258 / 14,258 $2,390,999
26 July 2010 Nashville Bridgestone Arena 15,162 / 15,162 $2,531,826
28 July 2010 Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena 15,477 / 15,477 $2,258,335
8 August 2010 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre 33,650 / 33,650 $5,206,342
9 August 2010
12 August 2010 Montreal Bell Centre 16,993 / 16,993 $2,494,880
14 August 2010 Philadelphia United States Wachovia Center 31,825 / 31,825 $4,885,207
15 August 2010
18 August 2010 Pittsburgh Consol Energy Center 29,745 / 29,745 $4,804,207
19 August 2010
South America
7 November 2010 Porto Alegre Brazil Estádio Beira-Rio N/A N/A
10 November 2010 Buenos Aires Argentina River Plate Stadium 91,262 / 91,262 $11,334,522
11 November 2010
21 November 2010 São Paulo Brazil Estádio do Morumbi N/A N/A
22 November 2010
North America (third leg)
13 December 2010[F] New York City United States Apollo Theater N/A N/A
Europe (second leg)
17 December 2010 London England 100 Club 350 / 350 $32,760
18 December 2010 HMV Hammersmith Apollo N/A N/A
20 December 2010 Liverpool O2 Academy Liverpool N/A N/A
South America (second leg)
9 May 2011 Lima Peru Estadio Monumental "U" N/A N/A
11 May 2011 Santiago Chile Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos N/A N/A
22 May 2011 Rio de Janeiro Brazil Estádio Olímpico João Havelange N/A N/A
23 May 2011
North America (fourth leg)
10 June 2011 Las Vegas United States MGM Grand Garden Arena N/A N/A
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances

Set list

Instruments played by band members

Songs McCartney Anderson Ray Wickens Laboriel
"Venus and Mars/Rock Show" or "Magical Mystery Tour" or "Hello Goodbye" Bass Electric Guitar Acoustic Guitar/Electric Guitar or Electric Guitar Keyboards Drums
"Jet" Electric Guitar
"All My Loving" Electric Guitar
"Letting Go" (not played in all cities) Keyboards
"Got to Get You into My Life" or "Drive My Car"
"Highway" (not played in all cities) Harmonica/Keyboards
"Let Me Roll It" Electric Guitar Bass Keyboards
"The Long and Winding Road" Piano
"Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five" Keyboards/Maracas
"Let 'Em In" Keyboards
"My Love" (not played in all cities)
"I'm Looking Through You" or "I've Just Seen a Face" Acoustic Guitar Acoustic Guitar Tambourine/Keyboards or Shaker
"Two of Us" or "And I Love Her" Acoustic Guitar or Claves
"Blackbird" None None None None
"Here Today"
"Dance Tonight" Mandolin Electric Guitar Bass Keyboards Drums
"Mrs Vandebilt" Acoustic Guitar
"Eleanor Rigby" None None None
"Ram On" (only in some cities) Ukulele Electric Guitar Bass Drums
"Something" Ukulele/Acoustic Guitar
"Sing the Changes" Bass Acoustic Guitar
"Band on the Run" Electric Guitar/Acoustic Guitar
"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" Acoustic Guitar
"Back in the U.S.S.R." Electric Guitar
"I've Got a Feeling" Electric Guitar Bass
"Paperback Writer"
"A Day in the Life"/"Give Peace a Chance" Bass Acoustic Guitar Acoustic Guitar
"Let It Be" Piano Electric Guitar Bass
"Live and Let Die"
"Hey Jude"
"Day Tripper" Bass Electric Guitar Tambourine
"Lady Madonna" Piano Bass Keyboards
"Get Back" Bass Electric Guitar
"Yesterday" Acoustic Guitar None None None
"Mull of Kintyre" (only in Glasgow and Toronto) Acoustic Guitar Bass Accordion Drums
"Helter Skelter" Bass Electric Guitar Electric Guitar Electric Guitar
"Sgt. Pepper's"/"The End" Electric Guitar Bass/Electric Guitar Keyboards


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  2. ^ "Second Hollywood Bowl Show Added Due to Pre-Sale Demand". 24 February 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "An Up and Coming Artist Uses Europe’s Most Successful Music Venue for Rehearsals". 13 March 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Paul McCartney at Arena". 31 March 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Paul McCartney at Arena: Former Beatle's U.S. Tour Opens with a Bang". 31 March 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Paul McCartney’s coming, but what will he sing? Here’s a clue". The New York Times. 31 March 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Paul McCartney Pays Tribute to Beatles Bandmates at Hollywood Bowl Gig". 1 April 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Seeing Paul McCartney at the Hollywood Bowl? Some parking strategies to help you get there". 1 April 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "Paul McCartney gets back (again) in generous Miami show". 3 April 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "A horas de salir a la venta, se agotan las entradas para Paul McCartney en Argentina". 12 October 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Paul McCartney agregó un nuevo show en River el 11 de noviembre". 14 October 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2010. 
  12. ^ "". 14 October 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  13. ^ "Paul McCartney agregó un nuevo show en Argentina". 14 October 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  14. ^ "Son las entradas que se vendieron en 10 horas para los dos shows que Paul McCartney dará en Sao Paulo. It is also announced that he will be comingo to Chile (Santiago) in may 11th 2011". 22 October 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2010. 

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