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Paul McCartney to Play Christmas Homecoming Shows

Photo Courtesy - Dave Hogan/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Paul McCartney has spent the past year touring the world's stadiums on his Up and Coming tour, but he's bringing it all back home this month.  The former Beatle has announced two special "homecoming concerts" which will take place Dec. 18 and 20 in London and Liverpool, respectively.

On the 18th, McCartney will take the stage at London's Hammersmith Apollo for his first full solo show there in 35 years.  The last time he performed at the venue was back in 1975 with Wings, though he also played there in 1964 with the The Beatles.  On Dec. 20, McCartney will perform at Liverpool's O2 Academy for the first time.  The last time he played in his hometown was in 2008.

In a statement, McCartney said, "I always love playing to a home audience and for me it’s the perfect way to end the year...Christmas is the perfect excuse for everyone to let their hair down and rock out. We are looking forward to celebrating with the good people of London and Liverpool."  He noted that after a year of playing stadiums, he's excited about the "more intimate vibe" of these two shows.

As with all his shows this past year, the special homecoming concerts will feature a set list that runs nearly three hours, drawing on songs from every era of his career.  Tickets go on sale Wednesday and are limited to four per person.

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