Paul McCartney promises a Great Evening this weekend in Liverpool!
From Beatles Unlimted
SIR PAUL McCartney is promising a “great evening” with some surprises when he takes to the stage at Anfield this weekend.The Beatle legend is headlining the Liverpool Sound concert as his gift to Capital of Culture year.
More than 35,000 people will descend on the Liverpool FC stadium on Sunday evening to watch Macca and his band along with city favourites The Zutons and Leeds indie rockers The Kaiser Chiefs. Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters is also due to appear alongside the 65-year-old legend and his band.
This weekend’s gig was originally due to have had a waterfront venue, with a plan to drain the water from Salthouse Dock and erect a stage and seating inside.
The idea was abandoned after a feasibility study suggested it would cost millions of pounds to stage.
Speaking about the massive event, which has been in the planning for more than a year, Sir Paul, 65, said: “I think it will be a great evening and I’m ready to party.
“The thing about it was, the concert was talked about last year and there were a lot of exciting ideas like Salthouse Dock.
“But I said to people, make sure you can do this because I’ve had experience of these great ideas – it’s great to talk them, but to pull them off is something else.
“I asked, do you leave this facility for the people of Liverpool? They said it was going to be filled in again, and when the figures came in it was just crazy money.
“We said, we’ve got to do a gig, we ought to do a gig, and they changed the venue to Anfield, and I said well, that’s more practical – you don’t have to build a venue.
“I think it will be a really nice show and a great evening.”
Sunday’s concert at Anfield takes place on the fifth anniversary of his last appearance in Liverpool, when he played to a crowd of 40,000 at the Kings Dock.
Sir Paul, who was knighted by the Queen more than a decade ago, rocked the dock just days before Liverpool was announced as Britain’s European Capital of Culture host for 2008.
Sir Paul said: “I didn’t plan the date being the same, but I think someone might have now when I think about it.
“I’m sure they had options as to what day the show was going to be and someone might have noticed and said let’s do that.”
It will be something of a friends and family weekend, with Sir Paul’s daughter Stella in the city at the same time.
Yoko Ono and George Harrison’s widow Olivia are also expected in Liverpool, where they will attend screenings of All Together Now, the film made about Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles’ show Love, and Concert For George at Fact.
But Sir Paul says it is unlikely fellow Beatle Ringo Starr will join him on stage at the stadium.
He said: “That was never going to be on the cards. He opened the year.”
Macca added: “We’ve got a few little surprises up our sleeve, it will be a bit different from our normal shows.
“Dave Grohl is going to do something with us, so that will be nice.
“That’s it basically. It’s not that long a show. There’s a curfew at this place, but I am doing a full set.
“It will be a mixture of music. The idea will be to give the audience what I think they would want.”
* There are still a handful of tickets available for the concert priced at £55 and £75 (plus booking and transaction fees). Visit www.liverpool08.com. Anyone who cannot make it to Anfield on Sunday can watch televised highlights of the concert on BBC2 at 11pm on the night.