Paul McCartney will be returning to Ireland to play a small-scale charity concert at Vicar Street in Dublin, according to Buzz.ie. McCartney agreed to play the show following “a recent unveiling of a plague that commemorated the two concerts the Beatles played in the Adelphi Cinema on Middle Abbey Street on November 7th, 1963.” The owner of Vicar Street, Harry Crosbie, told The Sunday World: “I sent him a photo of the plaque and I got an answer back saying he was absolutely delighted.” He went on to explain that McCartney promised that one of his next low-key “guerilla gigs” would take place at the 1,050-seat venue, with Crosbie saying, “He came back to me and said that Vicar Street is top of the list for the next one.” The still-unannounced concert will mark McCartney's first Irish show since his June 12th, 2010 gig at Dublin's RDS Arena.
Crosbie went on to explain how he snagged “Macca” into playing the upcoming charity gig “I met his daughter Stella McCartney and Jools Holland at a party in our artist friend’s London home, and we discussed the Beatles connection with Dublin and also the homeless situation in Ireland and the possibility of Paul doing a gig at Vicar Street with all proceeds going to help people on the streets.”
Paul McCartney, who kicks off his next string of dates on Wednesday (November 28th) in Paris, explained that his primary reason for still going out and embarking on globe trotting tours is that he loves performing more than almost anything: “Then the audience is the other big thing. The audience is amazingly warm these days. And what I do is, I tell my promoter, I'll say, 'Just put one of the shows on sale and just see how we're doing.' And he might ring me back and say: 'Fantastic! Sold out in an hour — the whole thing!' So, I go 'Okay, I'm cool. They like me!'”