Mayor Stephen Mandel confirmed Friday what many in Edmonton had already guessed — Sir Paul McCartney will be coming to Alberta in November.
Amid wide speculation that McCartney would be taking the stage in Edmonton, a tour date for a Nov. 28 concert at Rexall Place appeared online at livenation.com before Mandel had the opportunity to make an announcement about a high-profile concert.
While addressing media Friday morning, Mandel said the concert was a major win for the city.
“I grew up listening to the music of Paul McCartney,” says Mandel.
“It’s going to be a great event for Alberta and Edmonton.”
Mandel was clearly excited about the Beatle coming to the city, not just as a mayor but also as a fan.
“I’m a huge fan. I grew up with the Beatles, I watched when they came on the Ed Sullivan show … coming off the planes and all of the things that they’ve done. There is no more iconic group that impacted music in the 20th century than the Beatles, but also Mr. McCartney and his music,” Mandel told media after the press conference.
Geoff Robbins, Vice President of Live Nation Canada and Sherwood Park native said he’s looking forward to bringing a show of this caliber to the arena where he saw many of his first concerts. It took three years to bring McCartney’s On The Run tour to Edmonton.
“(You have to) build relationships with (concert promoter) Barrie Marshall and Paul McCartney’s people and show them that that Edmonton is a place for them to come to,” Robbins said, adding that Marshall toured Edmonton last month before confirming the show.
Edmonton and Vancouver are the only Canadian dates scheduled for the tour, and this will be the first time McCartney has performed in Edmonton.
Tickets for the concert go on sale Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. and prices range from $29.50-$250, with a limit of four per person.
With files from Katie Turner