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Paul McCartney to return to Tulsa's BOK Center for May 29 show; tickets on sale April 12

by Brandy McDonnell Published: April 5, 2013
Paul McCartney performs at the BOK Center on Aug 17, 2009 Photo by Tom Gilbert, Tulsa World Archives
Paul McCartney performs at the BOK Center on Aug 17, 2009 Photo by Tom Gilbert, Tulsa World Archives

TULSA – Music legend Sir Paul McCartney is planning a return engagement at the BOK Center in honor of the arena’s fifth anniversary.

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett and venue staff announced at a press conference Friday (today) that the former Beatle is adding a May 29 Tulsa show to his 2013 “Out There” tour.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. April 12 and will be available online at, Arby’s Box Office, all outlets, or by phone at (866) 726-5287.

Ticket prices have not yet been announced, according to a venue representative.

McCartney, 70, last played Oklahoma in 2009, when he performed a sold-out show as part of the BOK Center’s first anniversary celebration. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer played his first-ever Sooner State show in 2002 just months after the Oklahoma City arena now known as Chesapeake Energy Arena opened.

The Tulsa concert  is one of only five U.S. dates planned on his “Out There” trek, which will play Austin, Texas, on May 22; Boston’s Fenway Park on July 9; and Manchester, Tenn.’s massive Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in June. In addition, McCartney on July 12 will return to Washington, D.C. – the site of The Beatles’ first-ever U.S. concert in 1964 at the Washington Coliseum – for his first public performance since his monumental August 2009 show at FedExField, according to a news release.

McCartney, whose last studio album was 2012′s Grammy-winning standards collection “Kisses of the Bottom,” also will play Brazil, Poland, Italy and Austria on his summer trip.

Macca, who last year marked 40 years since his first tour as a solo artist, has performed in a wide range of venues in the past four decades, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow’s Red Square, at the White House, at a free show in Mexico to more than 400,000 people and at Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace. He even had a performance beamed into outer space, according to a news release.

Considered one of the most successful songwriters in rock ‘n’ roll history, the British superstar’s “Out There” tour will feature a new, never-before-seen production and songs spanning his solo career as well as his tenure in the bands Wings and The Beatles. He will perform with his band of more than 10 years: Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens (keyboards), Rusty Anderson (guitar), Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums) and Brian Ray (bass/guitar).

The BOK Center recently achieved a major milestone, surpassing the $100 million mark in ticket sales since between the venue’s opening almost five years ago. Ticket sale figures were compiled from 803 events that took place at the arena from its opening in September 2008 through February 2013, with a combined attendance of more than 3.2 million guests. Along with McCartney’s 2009 show, other high-profile concert tours to play the BOK Center include the Eagles, Celine Dion, Billy Joel and Elton John, Tom Petty, Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Aerosmith and George Strait.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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