Saturday, July 18, 2009

Paul McCartney at Citi Field

The event: "Cute" Beatle Paul McCartney, still earning the title at age 67, performs Friday's opening concert at the new Citi Field, the first in a three-night run (continues July 18 and July 21).

• Location: New York City

• Attendance: 42,000-plus

• The venue: Citi Field, new home of the New York Mets, sits next to the now-demolished Shea Stadium, where McCartney, then 23, and his Beatle mates launched the stadium rock-concert era with an historic half-hour show on Aug. 15, 1965. At the time, the 55,000 attendance was the largest ever at a rock concert and the $304,000 gross was the top take in box-office history.

• Mania level: Tickets for the three shows, priced $49.50-$275, sold out within five minutes. Fans debated purchases of $30 programs, $35 T-shirts and $90 zip-up track-suit tops with McCartney logos.

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