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Paul McCartney arrives in Japan for four concerts

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Paul McCartney arrived in Japan on Monday to perform four concerts. The 76-year-old former Beatle arrived aboard a private jet with his wife Nancy Shevell, 58, at 7 p.m. at Tokyo’s Haneda airport for his 7th tour of Japan. About 500 fans were on hand to greet him.

McCartney last performed in Japan 18 months ago. He will play at Tokyo Dome on Oct 31 and Nov 1, Ryogoku Kokugikan on Nov 5 and finally at Nagoya Dome on Nov 8. It will be McCartney’s first time to perform in Nagoya.

The tour is part of McCartney’s “Freshen Up” world tour and to promote his new album "Egypt Station," which was released in September.

McCartney said on his blog after the Japan dates were announced earlier this year: "I love Japan. We’ve always had such a great time there and the audiences are just incredible. We can’t wait to get back! It’s always fun to visit new places too and helps to keep things fresh and exciting. Tokyo and Nagoya we are going to rock out and party with you soon.”

About 135,000 fans are expected to attend the four concerts.

Concert details

Doors open 16:30 / Start 18:30

S seats ¥18,500 / A seats ¥16,500 / B seats ¥14,500

For ticket info, click here.

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Hmmm....   His statement is just the standard cookie cutter nonsense.  Most of his solo oeuvre was just sentimental or faux pop rubbish.  and he is a geriatric.  Give me AKB 48 any day.

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Hmmm....  His statement is just the standard cookie cutter nonsense. Most of his solo oeuvre was just sentimental or faux pop rubbish. and he is a geriatric. Give me AKB 48 any day.

You'd take AKB48 over the guy who wrote Hey Jude any day?

That does say a lot.

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It's great that there's respect for older people in Japan and none of the ageism that's found in other societies. McCartney is a hard-working person and genuinely seems to enjoy what he's doing. Just goes to show that as we get older, we don't have to conform and settle down to a more sedate life.

Fair play to ye, Macca!

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I will be at Tokyo Dome on 1 November, I have arena seats. Really looking forward to it and I also saw him at Tokyo Dome on April 2015 and the show was amazing.

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Most of his solo oeuvre was just sentimental or faux pop rubbish. and he is a geriatric. Give me AKB 48 any day.

Not a fan of his solo music but without a doubt he sings Beatles music too. Also he sings at his concerts unlike your favorite group.

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The Beatles shaped a lot of young people's lives and mine too. Paul's wife is beautiful at 58 if i may say so. Wish I could be at his concert in Japan.

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Everybody should hear those “Let me roll it” keyboards live at least once in their life.

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I specifically said solo output.  Yes he co-wrote some great songs with Lennon.  But Mull of Kintyre?  Ireland to the Irish?  His Christmas ditty?

My AKB comment was a bit tongue in cheek but certainly they are more relevant today than Macca.

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I specifically said solo output. Yes he co-wrote some great songs with Lennon. But Mull of Kintyre? Ireland to the Irish? His Christmas ditty?

> My AKB comment was a bit tongue in cheek but certainly they are more relevant today than Macca.

Granted almost nobody is going to see him because they care about whatever his new album is, but ....so? He is arguably the greatest and most influential living pop star of all time. The fact that his best work came decades ago, while largely true, doesn't take away from that or the fact that he still performs well.

Also I have to nitpick a couple of points. First, its unfair to give short shrift to his post-Beatles work - he (with Wings, but really him) was independently one of the biggest pop stars of the 70s and produced a lot of good stuff then too. He was basically one of the biggest pop stars on the planet in two decades and in two completely different roles.

Also, a lot of his best songs with the Beatles weren't ones he co-wrote with Lennon even though all their songs are co-credited as such. Hey Jude for example was all McCartney (and in fact was a veiled dig at Lennon for being an awful father).

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My favorite song of Paul McCartney would have to be: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyotStPsqLg

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Paul McCartney is the rock'n'roll equivalent of a night in with a bottle of red and a selection of fine cheeses.

At Japan prices, he might be cheaper than the cheese.

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Toasted HereticToday 10:02 am JST

It's great that there's respect for older people in Japan and none of the ageism that's found in other societies. McCartney is a hard-working person and genuinely seems to enjoy what he's doing. Just goes to show that as we get older, we don't have to conform and settle down to a more sedate life.

Fair play to ye, Macca!

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japan4life

Today 10:10 am JST

I will be at Tokyo Dome on 1 November, I have arena seats. Really looking forward to it and I also saw him at Tokyo Dome on April 2015 and the show was amazing.

You lucky sucker. I envy you.   ; ) Well, I have his 2CD/1 DVD set of 'Hello From Citi Center NYC'.

HawkeyeToday 10:26 am JST

The Beatles shaped a lot of young people's lives and mine too. Paul's wife is beautiful at 58 if i may say so. Wish I could be at his concert in Japan.

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FizzBit

Today 10:28 am JST

Everybody should hear those “Let me roll it” keyboards live at least once in their life.

I saw Heart cover that song in 2014. It's a great song by it's own merit. Period.

WakarimasenToday 10:29 am JSTI specifically said solo output. Yes he co-wrote some great songs with Lennon. But Mull of Kintyre? Ireland to the Irish? His Christmas ditty?

My AKB comment was a bit tongue in cheek but certainly they are more relevant today than Macca.

Mull and Ireland are STILL relevant today. Nothing changed for that. His Christmas ditty has some nice 'snowy' synth touches to it, I love that.

Paul has never put out a turgid record. Even his laziest stuff beats that AKB48 pop slop for pervs any day. That's because he has musicality over image.

HawkeyeToday 10:26 am JSTThe Beatles shaped a lot of young people's lives and mine too. Paul's wife is beautiful at 58 if i may say so. Wish I could be at his concert in Japan.

The Beatles still do. I remember singing some Beatle songs when I was in elementary school music class. And when I was a teenager, after John was murdered we had the Stars On 45 Beatles medley, it made it to #1 in America and thruout the world! And last August the remastered/remade/remodeled edition of the movie 'Yellow Submarine' had a weeklong run in cinemas in my home city, and mothers took their kids to see it and took pictures of them posing next to the advertising posters of this flick. And the audiences had people of all ages - including me. That's legacy, dude! And yes, Paul's wife is a beauty herself at 58. They both look cool in those red robes.

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My AKB comment was a bit tongue in cheek but certainly they are more relevant today than Macca.

Relevant to what exactly? To me and many others, McCartney is far more relevant. I don't feel the need to jump on whatever bandwagon 15 years olds are following now, as if that makes something more relevant.

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Ireland to the Irish? 

It's Give Ireland Back to the Irish and while the lyrics may be naive, the sentiment is spot on. He's referring to the NI/6 counties, which since partition, have remained occupied to this very day.

As for Wings, they're only the band The Beatles could have been.

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Almost all of his peers have long since stopped appearing or died, the music world is lucky to have him still on the scene. A true piece of living history.

Even his laziest stuff beats that AKB48 pop slop for pervs any day.

Beautifully said that man!

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occupied

...by the majority of the population who did and still do prefer to maintain the status quo. Silly to pretend otherwise. Of course that may change one day.

As for comparing him to AKB48, that's like comparing a human being to a hubcap.

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Paul's wife is beautiful at 58 if i may say so.

And if I may say so, imagine the pre-nup he'll have after what happened the last time. Cast iron, I bet you. He should publish it as a service to (man)kind.

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Paul has more talent in his little finger than all of AKB put together.

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Goodness, this picture makes Paul McCartney look like an 80-year-old Japanese woman.

I do wish I had the time to see him play live.

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@japan4life You lucky dog! I'm happy for you that you got tickets. Shout hello to Paul for me.

Whoa, Wakarimasen is deservedly taking a real beating here, haha

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For a guy from somewhere no one of report should've come from..... Had no formal music training and can't read a sheet of music to this day..... Is, in our lifetime arguably the greatest songwriter/ musician to ever live and grace our lives.

He plays and writes for love.

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Paul McCartney & Wings My Love Lyrics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Oe1_ETf0Tg

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Goodness, this picture makes Paul McCartney look like an 80-year-old Japanese woman.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought he looks like an old lady in this picture. His wife looks incredible though. 58? Wow.

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Have you listened to Egypt Station? It is his finest work. His songs paint a mural of the things we all go through - good and not so good. Magnificent music that only can come from a truly talented man who has greatly matured as a song writer and musician.

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Ed ButrynOct. 30 08:06 pm JSTFor a guy from somewhere no one of report should've come from..... Had no formal music training and can't read a sheet of music to this day..... Is, in our lifetime arguably the greatest songwriter/ musician to ever live and grace our lives.

He plays and writes for love.

None of the Beatles can read or write musical notation. As they say in the movie 'Yellow Submarine', 'it's all in the mind'. Either you've got the potential , or you don't.

OTOH, Celine 'the Wounded Feline' Dion took singing lessons since the age of 10 from her only boyfriend and future husband (yikes!). Her parents should've demanded their money back!

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He plays and writes for love.

That's how it was when I saw Phil Collins in concert on October 19. His back injuries have greatly reduced his ability to play but he sang his heart out and as he told us - 'we missed you'. He sang to a full arena, with an excellent band and even with his back troubles he's doing this because he loves doing it. He's a born entertainer and his current tour is a labo(u)r of love!

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