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Debunking Paul McCartney’s rumored concert in Buffalo - OPINION

blog by Ben Tsujimoto  • 

For the last several years, anytime the words “the Beatles” and “Buffalo” have been brought up together, the context hasn’t been very positive.

John Lennon’s killer has been moved to Wende Correctional Facility in Alden? Bummer.

WKBW radio producer Danny Neaverth turned down the chance to have the Beatles play at the Memorial Auditorium the Monday following their breakout performance on the “Ed Sullivan Show”?

Now, due to a simple tour t-shirt stumbled upon by local radio station 97 Rock—then passed along by The Buffalo News and Buffalo Business FirstPaul McCartney is rumored to have an August venture to Buffalo on his Out There tour.

Upon closer examination, though, this mysterious t-shirt creates more questions than it answers, even though the 97 Rock post garnered 64 comments, 72 shares, 158 “likes” and an abundance of “Holy cow!”-like statements.

First off, there’s no evidence that the photo (right) includes one single shirt, as the odd fold in the middle suggests otherwise.

Next, if you compare the July locations listed on the t-shirt, none of them match-up with McCartney’s tour schedule on his own website—and on McCartney’s 2012 “On the Run” tour, he played between four and six shows per month (hey, it’s not easy being 71-years-old).

Manchester, N.H.; Atlantic City, N.J.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Toronto, ON; and Kansas City, Mo.; are all present on the shirt and absent from McCartney’s July schedule—which already includes an ambitious seven shows. Additional dates are still being announced for August, however, but they’re unlikely to include the Nickel City.

Moreover, according to Facebook commenter Eric Beback, those aforementioned July dates align perfectly with Boyz II Men’s July schedule—as well as their Aug. 2 stop at Buffalo’s First Niagara Center.

Wouldn’t it be wild if Boyz II Men and McCartney wound up touring together through the summer? If that happens, I’ll gladly stand corrected.

What a cruel trick—accidental or not—that someone’s pulled on the ever-excitable Buffalo media and music fan-base. The Buffalo debut of perhaps the “most influential pop musician of all-time” may have to wait a little longer.

TAGGED: 97 rock, boyz ii men, buffalo business first, concerts, out there tour, paul mccartney, the beatles, the buffalo news

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