McCartney to headline BOK Center event

Paul McCartney announced today that he will give his first concert ever at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK, Mon., Aug. 17, 2009 in celebration of the venue’s one-year anniversary.

This monumental event also marks the legendary performer’s only arena show during his current 2009 North American stadium concerts, as well as McCartney’s first Oklahoma show in nearly seven years—ever since his 2002 concert at Ford Center in Oklahoma City.

Tickets for the Aug. 17th concert go on sale Mon., July 20 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at the BOK Center Box Office, all outlets, charge by phone at 1-866-7-BOK-CTR or online at
The BOK Center show will feature classics from McCartney’s extensive catalog, including Beatles, Wings and solo career hits as well as selections from his most recent album Electric Arguments, released under his alias The Fireman.

On the heels of Paul McCartney’s three-date, sold-out run at New York’s Citi Field in July, the Aug. 17th Tulsa performance will be among McCartney’s first U.S. appearances since headlining this year’s Coachella festival; as well as the same weekend’s record-breaking, one-off opening of the new Joint in Las Vegas.

McCartney’s additional upcoming North American concerts include two shows at Boston’s Fenway Park along with performances at Atlanta’s Piedmont Park, FedEx Field in Landover, MD and Halifax Commons in Halifax, NS.

Reactions to McCartney’s recent 2.5-hour, sold-out performances at Coachella and The Joint in Las Vegas were unanimously ecstatic from fans and critics alike:

USA Today reported that, "McCartney remains a sharp and agile performer, his voice as supple, warm and elastic as ever… Macca signatures Let It Be and The Long and Winding Road… still have the power to raise gooseflesh."

In addition, The New York Times, stated, “For almost two and a half hours, he had the attention of what seemed to be the entire multigenerational festival"

That was echoed by LA Weekly, who added, "Everything you could ask for in a McCartney set. Stunning. Beautiful"

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TICKET INFO: Available online at, Arby’s Box Office, all outlets, or by calling 1-866-7-BOKCTR.

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About the BOK Center
The BOK Center, a 19,199 – seat entertainment venue, is managed by SMG, the world leader in venue management, marketing and development. Headquartered in Philadelphia, SMG provides management services to over 200 public assembly facilities including arenas, stadiums, performing arts centers, theatres and convention, conference and trade centers.

As the recognized industry leader since 1977, SMG provides construction and design consulting, pre-opening services, venue management, sales and marketing and event booking and programming. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through our in house catering company, Savor…catering by SMG, currently servicing 65 accounts worldwide. With facilities across the United States, and in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, Europe and the Middle East, SMG controls over 1.5 million entertainment seats worldwide and manages more than ten million feet of exhibition space.