Oh, It’s On: Paul McCartney Confirms Candlestick Park Sendoff Concert

  • Rick Chandler

My pal Gary Mora of KYA Radio in San Francisco tells me that the dates have been set: Paul McCartney will send off Candlestick Park in style with a concert on Aug. 14, 2014. Of course that’s nearly 48 years to the day that The Beatles played their final concert there, on Aug. 29, 1966.

McCartney approached San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee with the idea last year, and now it’s official. The last event at Candlestick will be a Beatles final concert (sort of) redux.

And here’s the best part: through the wonders of technology, McCartney will sing a number of songs with the rest of The Beatles as backup.

Memories of the 1966 concert, via KYA’s Gene Nelson, who MC’d the event:

“As any Giants fan will know, Candlestick Park in August, at night, was cold, foggy and windy,” said Nelson in “The Beatles Off The Record”, by Keith Badman. “The funniest thing this night was one of the warm-up acts, Bobby Hebb. He stood up on the stage at Candlestick Park, with the fog, and the wind blowing, and he was singing ‘Sunny’! It was tough anyway to work a ballpark as an MC, especially as The Beatles were taking their time to get out. I was trying to entertain a crowd that was shouting, ‘Beatles, Beatles, Beatles.’

“The dressing room was chaos. There were loads of people there. The press tried to get passes for their kids and the singer Joan Baez was in there. Any local celebrity, who was in town, was in the dressing room. They were having a party in there. They were having a perfectly wonderful time, while I was freezing my buns off on second base!”

Some particulars from Mr. Mora:

“Paul’s calling this concert “Farewell to Candlestick: The Final Concert.” As I mentioned, tickets will go on sale Monday, May 5, at 10 a.m. American Express card holders will be able to purchase tickets before the general public beginning, Thursday, May 1 at 10 a.m.

“When you consider how sentimental this concert promises to be, then factor in how Paul is able to perform each song sounding like the Beatles are backing him up, I really do think it will be a night of excitement and one to remember. I’ve seen him perform solo and can promise you the audience will definitely get their money’s worth.”

Then, Bang Bang Maxwell’s Silver Hammer Comes Down Upon Candlestick’s Head, as the wrecking ball swings in early September.