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You would think people would have had enough of silly love songs.

Borrowing Paul McCartney's lyrics, we can all look around and see it isn't so.

The former Beatle will bring his world tour to Winnipeg on Aug. 12 to play in front of more than 32,000 fans at Investors Group Field.

Tickets will range from $35 to $250 and will go on sale through Ticketmaster on April 29 at 10 a.m.

It would be a dream come true for 18-year-old Victoria Ploszay, her parents, Edward and Mary, and brother, Paul. Two years ago for her 16th birthday, Victoria got a tattoo on her foot of the Beatles lyrics "All you need is love" from the song on the Yellow Submarine album.

"My grandpa passed on his collection of all the Beatles records to my dad and that was the first music I ever listened to when I was a kid and I still listen to it," Victoria said. "I remember in Grade 4 we were allowed to bring CDs for the class to listen to at lunch. Some kids brought Britney Spears, I brought Yellow Submarine."

And yes, you read that right, her brother's name is Paul. Paul John, actually -- after the two grandfathers, the two Beatles, McCartney and John Lennon and late Pope John Paul II.

Lannie Mertz, 63, of Selkirk said she had been a Beatles and McCartney fan since seeing them on the Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964.

"When the Beatles landed in Winnipeg briefly, me and my friend were running around trying to catch air in a bottle because they breathed it," she laughed, referring to the Aug. 18, 1964 stop here to refuel on their way from London to Los Angeles. She said she saw McCartney in Winnipeg in 1993.

Collector Richard Sturtz, 67, said he owns every Beatles album on vinyl, about 300 in total, including some from Japan. A fan of the Beatles since his early 20s when the band was in its heyday, he started collecting Beatles memorabilia about 20 years ago and has some unique items such as the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band's purple marble record.

"I have all the original Beatles albums on the Parlophone label, which is from England, and I have the album Please Please Me, the very first Beatles album (1963) with the (brown-and-gold) label that was discontinued. It's kind of the Holy Grail of Beatles collecting," said Sturtz who twice a year holds the Rockin' Richard's Record & CD Show and Sale at the Victoria Inn. The event is in its 13th year.

At the most recent event last month, Sturtz bought a set of Beatles dolls that were still in the box from a local woman.

"She never took them out of the box, never had them on display. They come with microphones and she mentioned she had to pay extra for Ringo's drum kit," Sturtz said.

So, how does Winnipeg land arguably the biggest name ever in pop music?

Ian Low, Vancouver-based executive vice-president of Live Nation Canada, said the overwhelming fan reaction from three McCartney shows last November -- one at BC Place in Vancouver and two at Rexall Place in Edmonton -- convinced the former mop-top to book further Canadian dates. (Three other shows, in Ottawa on July 7, in Quebec City on July 23 and in Regina on Aug. 14, were also announced Monday.)


McCartney has been in Winnipeg twice before. He brought his solo tour to Winnipeg Stadium in 1993 and he, Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr made that famous 35-minute fuel stop at Winnipeg's airport in August 1964.

Legendary songbook coming to town


PAUL McCartney has come a long way since the days of Beatlemania when the Fab Four would blast through an entire concert in less than half an hour. His shows routinely clock in at three hours today. Here's his set list from last November at BC Place in Vancouver: Magical Mystery Tour

Junior's Farm

All My Loving


Drive My Car

Sing the Changes

The Night Before

Let Me Roll It

Paperback Writer

The Long and Winding Road

Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five

My Valentine

Maybe I'm Amazed

I've Just Seen a Face

And I Love Her


Here Today

Dance Tonight

Mrs. Vandebilt

Eleanor Rigby


Band on the Run

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Back in the U.S.S.R.

I've Got a Feeling

A Day in the Life

Let It Be

Live and Let Die

Hey Jude



Lady Madonna

Day Tripper

Get Back

Encore 2:


Mull of Kintyre

Helter Skelter

Golden Slumbers

Carry That Weight

The End

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 23, 2013 B1

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