Paul McCartney’s concert at the Halifax Commons next month will have a local flavour to it.

The popular Halifax band The Joel Plaskett Emergency have posted on their website that they will be opening for McCartney when the ex-Beatle lands in Halifax for a show July 11.

Metro Halifax reported earlier this month that show promoter Harold MacKay, president of Power Promotional Events, was sending tapes of Canadian bands to McCartney, who was said to be picking his own opening acts.


Plaskett wrote on his website Wednesday “We are opening for Paul McCartney” on the Commons. He also listed the news on his Facebook page, with one person responding on his wall, “I’d rather see you then (McCartney) … congratulations.”

“It’s just pretty exciting,” Joel’s father and fellow musician Bill Plaskett said Thursday. “He’s thrilled and I am, too.”

A phone message was left for MacKay Thursday but it wasn’t returned. There’s no word on other opening acts, or if they’ve been decided upon.

Plaskett’s band is a multi-time East Coast Music Award winner, including an entertainer of the year nod this past March.

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