Bunch of good stuff to report on today. First up is news that Sir Paul McCartney will be hitting the road this year. Tour details are just starting to trickle in, with only five dates announced so far:
Sunday 28th March Jobing.com Arena, Glendale AZ
Tuesday 30th March Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA
Wednesday 31st March Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA
Saturday 3rd April Sun Life Stadium, Miami FL
Monday 5th April Coliseo De Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
McCartney hasn’t played the Hollywood Bowl since 1993. The Beatles of course played the Hollywood Bowl in 1964 and 1965 and those shows were recorded for a live album that finally saw the light of day 13 years later. A posting on McCartney’s website says more dates will be announced soon. Hopefully there will be some Canadian dates in the mix.
Here’s a great clip from the Good Evening New York City DVD.:
And while we wait for word on Canadian dates for McCartney, Sting has announced he will be heading out on a world tour, backed by the 45-piece Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. The tour launches June 2nd in Vancouver. According to his website, Sting’s greatest hits will be reinterpreted with brand new orchestrations created especially for this tour. Selections will include fan-favorites such as ‘Roxanne’, ‘Next To You’, ‘Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic’ and ‘Every Breath You Take’, to notable songs from Sting’s enduring solo career – ‘Englishman in New York’, ‘Fragile’, ‘Russians’, ‘If I Ever Lose My Faith in You’, ‘Fields of Gold’, and ‘Desert Rose.’ Toronto and Montreal are on the tour itinerary but dates have not yet been announced. Sting will also have a four piece band with him onstage. Could make for an interesting evening. Did you catch Sting on the recent Hope for Haiti telethon? I thought it was a pretty good performance.
And from the “this definitely has possibilities” file: With the future of The Who in doubt due to Pete Townshend’s problems with tinnitus, Roger Daltrey has stated that he would love to work with Jimmy Page. Daltrey has told the BBC that he’s a huge fan of Page’s and would love to form some kind of supergroup with the famed guitarist, maybe some kind of blues project.
Page’s bandmate John Paul Jones is part of another supergroup, Them Crooked Vultures, along with the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl. And while Daltrey may have to wait and see if Page wants to do something with him, Daltrey will be hitting the road with another legendary guitarist. He’ll be touring with Eric Clapton for about a dozen shows in the U.S. starting Feb. 25th. But Daltrey and Page? An evening of Who Tunes, Zep tunes and classic blues tunes? Count me in.