This Friday, more than 45,000 people are expected to pack Safeco Field for Paul McCartney, who is playing there as part of his Out There tour.
It’s the first rock concert at Safeco since it opened in 1999 (The Baja Men playing during an Mariners event doesn’t count). And it’s not the first time the former Beatles bassist had the first rock show at a major Seattle venue.
The Beatles’ concert here on Aug. 21, 1964 was the first big show at the Seattle Center Coliseum, which is now KeyArena. In 1976, McCartney and Wings were the first band to play the newly opened Kingdome, which was demolished in 2001 to make way for Safeco.
That Wings Over America tour was also the first time McCartney has played in the United States since the Beatles last concert at Candlestick Park in 1966.
McCartney returned to the Kingdome again in March 1990. Recently we went through the KIRO 7 archive to find footage from that show. Watch the clips of McCartney and the crowd above, and see his pre-show press conference below.