Irish band The Script to open for Paul McCartney
Last March, I admitted in my column my man crush on The Script, a Dublin outfit that blends rock, hip hop and good old fashioned Memphis soul to create an infectious pop cocktail.
Since their album came out in March, Mark Sheehan, Glen Power, and Danny O’Donaghue have had their music played on VH1 and in a number of television soundtracks.
That buzz has caught the ear of none other than Sir Paul McCartney, who has tapped them to support his return to the old Shea Stadium site on July 17 and 18.
Last week it was announced that McCartney will officially open the New York Mets new Citi Field stadium. McCartney’s association with the Mets goes back to 1965 when The Beatles played in their old home, Shea Stadium. He also joined Billy Joel in July 2008 for the “Last Play at Shea” gig that attracted over 55,000 fans.
"I'm really looking forward to it," McCartney said backstage at this week's news conference to preview "The Beatles: Rock Band" video game.
"It feels right. It was great to open Shea, and if anyone had to close it, I wanted to be there. So now I got the offer to open Citi Field, and it's like, oh, yeah, got to do it. That's my venue."
It’s obviously a high-profile outing for the Dublin trio The Script, whose "The Man Who Can’t Be Moved" single has gone top 20 on the U.S. adult radio chart.
The Script are also embarking on their own 14-date U.S. tour, which kicks off on July 30 in Seattle and ends on August 17 in Washington, D.C.
By all accounts, McCartney’s victorious return marks his third high-profile U.S. concert this year, after back-to-back April shows at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California, and the Hard Rock Hotel's the Joint in Las Vegas.
His sets have been packed with Beatles and Wings gems, so make sure you get in line for this historic event when the tickets go on sale on June 15.
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