Making his Austin debut, famed musician Sir Paul McCartney will grace the Frank Erwin Center stage May 22 AND 23! From The Beatles to Wings, as a solo artist and collaborator, McCartney was one of the early pioneers who helped change the landscape of rock’n’roll for generations to come. The English musician has been making music for over 50 years and still continues to produce chart-topping albums and tour all over the world. McCartney’s impact on rock’n’roll is so far-reaching, that a second and final Austin show was added due to the high demand from fans. The Frank Erwin Center is thrilled to host Paul McCartney on his latest “Out There” Tour for his only stop in Texas, and an unforgettable night filled with three hours of songs from his amazing catalog of music.
As a member of what is without question one of the most well-known bands in the world—The Beatles—McCartney helped transform the music industry in the 1960s. Musicians and bands from all genres of music and throughout the world often cite The Beatles as their musical inspirations. With songwriting collaborator and band mate John Lennon, McCartney wrote some of the most recognizable and beloved tunes in pop music history. Together, they generated over 100 hits from catchy tunes like “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You,” to the more complex sounds of their later years with “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “Come Together” and many, many more.
Along with fellow Beatles Ringo Starr and George Harrison, the Fab Four from England conquered the U.S. and the rest of the world. Throughout their reign, The Beatles expanded their instrumentation and songwriting craft beyond pop and rock with the release of a dozen albums as well as a handful of movies. Through records, tours, films and numerous accolades, The Beatles help solidify McCartney’s place in any music history book. Even after the Beatles disbanded, McCartney was nowhere close to being finished with the creative process of songwriting and producing.
In 1971, McCartney and his late wife Linda formed their own band, Wings. With popular tunes like “My Love,” “Band on the Run,” “Let ‘Em In,” “Silly Love Songs” and “Live and Let Die,” Wings produced numerous hits for nearly a decade, and was one of the biggest-selling acts of the 1970s. Wings achieved international success, just like The Beatles, accumulating 17 million singles, five U.S. No. 1 albums and even a U.S. stadium show that broke The Beatles’ attendance record.
The 1980s brought more solo work from McCartney, often with other musical greats. In 1982, McCartney released, “Tug Of War” which featured two collaborations with Stevie Wonder and was nominated for the 1983 Grammy for Album of the Year. The follow-up album, “Pipes of Peace” was released a year later and featured two duets with Michael Jackson. Other contributors to McCartney’s various albums throughout the pop-heavy 1980s included Elvis Costello, Phil Collins and Pete Townshend.
McCartney has always been a bit of a renaissance man musically speaking, and he has often expanded his musical boundaries. In 1984, McCartney went on a slightly different track when he wrote a soundtrack and a movie script for the film “Give My Regards to Broad Street,” which included his re-workings of several Beatles songs. In 1991 McCartney turned another corner in his songwriting and composing when he decided to undertake classical music. Working with conductor Carl Davis, McCartney created an operatic piece for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society’s 150th Anniversary Celebration, released as “Liverpool Oratorio.” Other classical albums followed, and in 2011 he delved into the world of dance with the release of “Ocean’s Kingdom” which was composed for the New York City Ballet and performed by The London Classical Orchestra.
Bottom line, Paul McCartney has stood the test of time, and his legacy has forever impacted the music world and pop culture. Whether he is collaborating with other talented musicians, working solo or dabbling in new projects, McCartney’s gifted artistry is celebrated and praised by millions in every corner of the world. He is a legend and anyone in Austin lucky enough to experience his historic debut at the Frank Erwin Center this month is in for a treat! Many of the greatest moments of the last 50 years of music history will be magically brought to life by the one and only Sir Paul McCartney.
- When he was 11 years old, McCartney auditioned for the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral Choir, but was not accepted.
- His first solo album, “McCartney,” was released in April of 1970, just one month before The Beatles’ final album, “Let It Be” was released.
- In need of a drummer for his second solo album “Ram,” McCartney held auditions in a small basement in New York. To avoid too much interest, McCartney disguised the audition by calling it a session for a commercial jingle.
- Inspired by Bob Dylan quickly producing an album in 1971, McCartney took just two weeks to record the debut Wings album “Wild Life.”
- The 1978 Wings record “London Town” was partially recorded on a boat in The Virgin Islands.
- In 1991, McCartney recorded an MTV Unplugged show which was released as an album called “Unplugged – The Official Bootleg.” It included the debut T.V. performance of, “I Lost My Little Girl,” which was the first song McCartney wrote, at age 14.
- The cover art for the 1993 album “Paul is Live,” a recording of live touring shows, is a play on the artwork for The Beatles’ 1969 “Abbey Road” album.
- After releasing “Flaming Pie” in 1997, McCartney used a then fledgling form of promotion for the album, hosting an online chat party which made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people in an internet chat room at once.
- McCartney was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in March of 1999.
- McCartney has more than 60 gold records, sold more than 100 million CDs and 100 million singles.
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