MJ Kim/MPL Communications Ltd.On August 29, 1966, The Beatles played their final official concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park and now Paul McCartney apparently is considering returning to the famous venue to perform the last show ever there. The city's mayor, Ed Lee, tells the San Francisco Chronicle that he had a chat with Sir Paul just before his Outside Lands Festival performance on August 10 and revealed that the rock legend surprised him by suggesting that he play one last show at Candlestick before the ballpark is torn down next year.
"Believe me, it wasn't something I, or anyone else, was expecting," Lee tells the paper.
The mayor explained how his conversation with McCartney came about, noting that he'd gone to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to check out the festival and was chatting with promoter Gregg Perloff, who asked if he'd like to meet Sir Paul.
After exchanging pleasantries, Lee says he mentioned the impending closing of Candlestick Park, and how the city was gathering photographs and film to commemorate The Beatles' last concert.
The mayor says McCartney reacted by replying, "That sounds fantastic," and added, "Well, if you are going to tear down the stadium next year, we should think about us doing the last concert there." Sir Paul then told Lee he should contact his agent to follow up on the idea.
If McCartney does end up playing a farewell concert at Candlestick, it wouldn't be the first famous baseball stadium with ties to Beatles history that he'd help close. Sir Paul, of course, joined Billy Joel on July 18, 2008, for a surprise performance at the final concert at New York City's Shea Stadium, where the Fab Four played a pair of legendary shows in the mid 1960s.
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