Sir Paul puts out the call for homegrown talent - Metro US

Sir Paul puts out the call for homegrown talent

A very lucky Nova Scotia band might be opening for Sir Paul McCartney at his July 11 Halifax Common concert.

Harold MacKay, president of Power Promotional Events, said yesterday they would soon be announcing the concert’s opening acts.

Halifax is the only Canadian stop for McCartney’s summer tour, and
MacKay said the ex-Beatle wants his opening acts to be from this
country. MacKay has been sending tapes of Canadian bands to the singer, who will be decide the opening acts.

“To be on stage with Paul McCartney, and to know that Paul McCartney selected them too, that’s pretty important,” MacKay said.

He added, “there very well could be” a Nova Scotian band opening the show.

There are still tickets available for the McCartney show, but MacKay wouldn’t say exactly how many are left. He said he is hoping the concert draws 60,000 fans.

“The VIP tickets are 85 per cent gone, so a few of those (are) left, and general admission tickets are still available,” he said.

Legendary rockers KISS are also playing the Common the following week, and MacKay said they would be using the same stage setup as McCartney — a decision made soon after Power Promotional Events opened talks with McCartney’s reps — meaning KISS will be performing on a much larger stage than initially planned.

“You’re going to see a much better stage presence for KISS than you would have seen without McCartney,” MacKay said.

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