ON THE RUN (Paul McCartney)


On the Run (Paul McCartney) – 2009

On the Run was a concert tour by English singer-songwriter Paul McCartney. The tour began on 15 July 2011, with McCartney’s first two concerts at Yankee Stadium in New York City. McCartney’s appearances at Yankee Stadium occurred nearly two years to the day after his 17, 18, and 21 July 2009 concerts at Citi Field, documented on the Good Evening New York City CD/DVD.

The tour was promoted by AEG Live, and six of the eight shows in the first leg (with the exception of the Yankee Stadium shows) were presented by HP. The Mexican concerts were promoted by Nextel. In an interview with Billboard in February 2012, McCartney said of his tour band: “Aren’t they cool? We’re having a really great time, and last year we played quite a few dates. They’re such a pleasure to play with. We all enjoy each other’s company and the musicianship, and next month we will have been playing together 10 years. That’s long enough to make us a proper band.”

In North America

In response to overwhelming popular demand for tickets to McCartney’s 15 July Yankee Stadium debut, a second date was added for Saturday, 16 July. McCartney also performed on three more dates on the tour: 24 July at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, 31 July at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, and 4 August at The Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. McCartney’s Detroit, Chicago and Cincinnati stadium gigs were hugely anticipated returns to cities with that have hosted historical performances in the past: The 24 July Comerica Park and 31 July Wrigley Field shows were his first visits to the Detroit area and Chicago since 2005 (McCartney has not performed within Detroit City limits since 1976 during the Wings Over America Tour), while the 4 August Great American Ball Park was his first Cincinnati appearance in 18 years, his last show in the city being on The New World Tour in 1993.


Above:  Paul McCartney at Wrigley Field, 1 August 2011

In Latin America

In Montevideo, Uruguay all tickets were sold-out in about 40 minutes. On 15 April, McCartney performed for over a 54,000 sold out crowd in the Estadio Centenario for the first time in Uruguay. The artist also visited Asunción, Paraguay for the first time in his career. In the Defensores del Chaco stadium he gave a show for more than 30,000 fans (29,000 sold tickets). He claimed after the show in his website that “he will never forget the lively Paraguayan crowd”.

On 27 March, 29,000 tickets for McCartney’s 19 April first ever show in Colombia became available; 24 hours later 90% of the tickets were already sold. Days before the concert 2,000 extra tickets became available and sold-out in a couple of days. Hours before McCartney performed for the very first time in Colombia, less than 900 tickets hadn’t been sold, which made the concert a sold-out show. Paul performed for a 32,000 crowd at the Stadium El Campin for more than two hours and a half and declared that the audience in the show where possibly the best one he have had during all his career. For the first time in 19 years, McCartney performed the song “Hope of Deliverance” in Bogotá, Colombia, on 19 April, being it the very first time that he performed a song from Off the Ground album with his current line-up.

Paul McCartney performed on 5 May 2012 at Omnilife Stadium at Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, his first concert in that city. For the first time, on 8 May 2012, he performed at Estadio Azteca, stating he was in front of “the loudest crowd ever”, and he finished his tour in Mexico with a free show at Zócalo; for this last one, attendance was estimated to be around 250,000 people, making it the biggest audience since the Kiev (350,000) and Quebec (250,000) shows.

Tour dates

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, opening act, tickets sold, amount of available tickets and gross revenue.

Date City Country Venue Opening act Attendance Revenue

North America

15 July 2011 New York City United States Yankee Stadium N/A N/A N/A
16 July 2011
24 July 2011 Detroit Comerica Park DJ Chris Holmes 37,854 / 37,854 $3,470,134
26 July 2011 Montreal Canada Bell Centre 33,733 / 33,733 $5,448,713
27 July 2011
31 July 2011 Chicago United States Wrigley Field 83,988 / 83,988 $10,929,728
1 August 2011
4 August 2011 Cincinnati Great American Ball Park 41,256 / 41,256 $4,158,146


13 November 2011 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates Yas Arena N/A N/A N/A


26 November 2011 Bologna Italy Unipol Arena N/A N/A N/A
27 November 2011 Milan Mediolanum Forum
30 November 2011 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
1 December 2011 Cologne Germany Lanxess Arena
5 December 2011 London England The O2 14,946 / 16,225 $2,091,580
10 December 2011 Stockholm Sweden Ericsson Globe Arena N/A N/A
12 December 2011 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena
14 December 2011 Moscow Russia Olimpiisky Arena
19 December 2011 Manchester England Manchester Arena 14,800 / 15,288 $1,981,620
20 December 2011 Liverpool Echo Arena Liverpool N/A N/A
24 March 2012 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam
26 March 2012 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion
28 March 2012 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis 14,291 / 14,399 $1,912,160
29 March 2012[a] London England Royal Albert Hall N/A N/A

South America

15 April 2012 Montevideo Uruguay Estadio Centenario N/A N/A N/A
17 April 2012 Asunción Paraguay Estadio Defensores del Chaco
19 April 2012 Bogotá Colombia El Campin Stadium
21 April 2012 Recife Brazil Estadio Arruda
22 April 2012
25 April 2012 Florianópolis Estádio da Ressacada

North America

5 May 2012 Guadalajara Mexico Estadio Omnilife N/A 27,186 / 31,589 $2,866,480
8 May 2012 Mexico City Estadio Azteca 53,080 / 57,726 $5,988,030
10 May 2012 Zócalo N/A N/A
11 November 2012 St. Louis United States Scottrade Center
14 November 2012 Houston Minute Maid Park
25 November 2012 Vancouver Canada BC Place
28 November 2012 Edmonton Rexall Place
29 November 2012


Yankee Stadium I, Wrigley Field I, Great American Ball Park, Yas Arena

Yankee Stadium II
Comerica Park[18][19] [show]
Bell Centre I[21] [show]
Bell Centre II[22] [show]
Wrigley Field II[23] [show]
Unipol Arena,[24] Ericsson Globe[25] [show]
Mediolanum Arena,[27] Lanxess Arena [28] [show]
Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy[29] [show]
The O2[30] [show]
Hartwall Areena[31] [show]
Olympijskiy Stadium[32] [show]
Manchester Arena[33] [show]
Echo Arena Liverpool[34] [show]
Ahoy Rotterdam[35] [show]
Hallenstadion[36] [show]
Sportpaleis[37] [show]
Royal Albert Hall[38] [show]
Estadio Centenario[39] [show]
Estadio Defensores del Chaco,[40] Estádio do Arruda I,[41] Minute Maid Park[42] [show]
Estadio El Campín[43] [show]
Estádio do Arruda II[44] [show]
Estádio da Ressacada[45] [show]
Estadio Omnilife [46] [show]
Estadio Azteca [47] [show]
Zócalo[48] [show]
Scottrade Center[49] [show]
BC Place Stadium[50] [show]
Rexall Place I[51] [show]
Rexall Place II[52] [show]

Instruments played by band members

Songs McCartney Anderson Ray Wickens Laboriel
“Hello Goodbye” or “Magical Mystery Tour” Bass Electric Guitar Electric Guitar Keyboards Drums
“Junior’s Farm”
“All My Loving” Electric Guitar
“Jet” Keyboards
“Drive My Car” or “Got to Get You into My Life”
“Sing the Changes” Acoustic Guitar
“The Night Before” Electric Guitar
“Let Me Roll It” Electric Guitar Bass
“Paperback Writer”
“The Long and Winding Road” Piano
“Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five” Keyboards/Maracas
“Let ‘Em In” or “Come and Get It” or “My Valentine” Electric Guitar or Acoustic Guitar Keyboards
“Maybe I’m Amazed” Electric Guitar
“I’ve Just Seen a Face” or “I’m Looking Through You” or “Things We Said Today” Acoustic Guitar Acoustic Guitar Shaker or Tambourine/Keyboards or Acoustic Guitar
“Hope of Deliverance” (only in Bogota, Florianopolis and Mexico) Acoustic Guitar Acoustic Guitar Bass
“And I Love Her” or “I Will” Bass Claves or Acoustic Guitar Drums
“Blackbird” None None None None
“Here Today”
“Dance Tonight” Mandolin Electric Guitar Bass Keyboards Drums
“Every Night” (only in Mexico) Acoustic Guitar
“Mrs. Vandebilt”
“Eleanor Rigby” None None None
“Michelle” (only in Montreal and Paris) Acoustic Guitar Bass Drums
“Ram On” (only in some cities) Ukulele Electric Guitar
“Something” Ukulele/Acoustic Guitar
“Yellow Submarine” (only in Rotterdam, Antwerp and Florianopolis) Acoustic Guitar
“Band on the Run” Bass Electric Guitar/Acoustic Guitar
“Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da” Acoustic Guitar
“Back in the U.S.S.R.” Electric Guitar
“I’ve Got a Feeling” Electric Guitar Bass
“A Day in the Life”/”Give Peace a Chance” Bass Acoustic Guitar Acoustic Guitar
“Let It Be” Piano Electric Guitar Bass
“Live and Let Die”
“Hey Jude”
“Lady Madonna” or “The Word”/”All You Need Is Love” Piano or Bass Bass or Electric Guitar
“Day Tripper” Bass Electric Guitar Tambourine
“Get Back” Keyboards
“Yesterday” Acoustic Guitar None None None
“Helter Skelter” Bass Electric Guitar Electric Guitar Electric Guitar Drums
“Golden Slumbers”/”Carry That Weight”/”The End” Piano/Electric Guitar Bass/Electric Guitar Keyboards

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