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Paul McCartney Bidding Farewell to San Francisco's Candlestick Park on Thursday

Image courtesy of MJ Kim/MPL Communications LLC (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of MJ Kim/MPL Communications LLC (via ABC News Radio)

Paul McCartney will make history on Thursday night when he performs the last concert that will ever be held at San Francisco's Candlestick Park before the stadium is demolished.  Sir Paul has a strong connection to the venue, as it was the site of The Beatles ' last official public concert, on August 29, 1966.

In honor of the occasion, McCartney has filmed a special video message that been posted on his official website and YouTube channel .  In the clip, the rock legend says, "We're closing [Candlestick Park] down.  So it's gonna be a very emotional night, gonna be a great night.  We are gonna rock.  I have some very special memories, as you know, of Candlestick Park, so come along, be a part of it."  Interspersed throughout the video are brief clips of Macca and members of his touring band yelling, "Candlestick!"

The show, dubbed "Farewell to Candlestick: The Final Concert," is the last one on McCartney's U.S. summer itinerary.  He'll begin a new run of dates in the fall, starting with a September 28 gig at San Diego's Petco Park.

In related news, the filmmakers behind the recently announced documentary focusing on The Beatles' years as a touring act have put out a specific request asking fans who attended the Fab Four's 1966 Candlestick Park show and/or who will be going to McCartney's concert on Thursday to share their stories about their experiences at the events.  People who want to contribute their anecdotes can do so by emailing BeatlesLive@whitehorsepics.com.  Ron Howard will be directing the movie, which is being made with the full cooperation of McCartney, Ringo Starr , and the respective widows of John Lennon and George Harrison -- Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison .


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