Those who don't know the name of Sir James Paul McCartney must have been living on a different planet for the past fifty years. He has reached astronomical fame as a member of the Beatles, Wings, and for his hugely successful solo career. He holds the official title as most commercially successful popular music songwriter in the history of all music and has displayed that talent on diamond albums and sold-out tours. Despite his superstardom, McCartney is still touring and has extended concert dates on his 2010 Up And Coming Tour into 2011.
In 1957, Paul McCartney met John Lennon while he was playing with The Quarrymen at a church hall. Lennon's other Quarrymen soon left the band and McCartney and schoolmate George Harrison soon joined the group. The trio also brought in Stuart Sutcliffe to play bass and Pete Best to play drums. Sutcliffe soon left The Beatles and McCartney replaced him on bass, with Ringo Starr replacing Pete Best shortly after. By the spring of 1969, after ten years of platinum records and sold-out tours, The Beatles had practically disbanded. The members of the group had grown apart, and escalating personal conflict and musical differences had pushed them to their breaking point. McCartney announced his departure from the Beatles a few months before the release of Let It Be and just a few weeks before the release of his first solo album, McCartney.
Paul McCartney collaborated with his wife Linda on his second solo album, Ram, before bringing on drummer Denny Seiwell and vocalist/guitarist Denny Laine as a backing band. The collaboration became so successful that the solo project transformed into Wings. The 1973 Wings album, Red Rose Speedway, led to the band performing the theme song for the Bond flick Live and Let Die. The success of the single was furthered by the release of Band on the Run in 1973, which featured a slew of hit singles and subsequent worldwide tours. After the assassination of John Lennon in 1980, Paul became feared that he would be the next to die and refused to tour. This led to frustration for the rest of the band, and in 1981, Wings officially disbanded.
However, McCartney was prepared far in advance and released his second "solo" album , McCartney II, in 1980 to general acclaim. Paul McCartney spent a great deal of effort on his third solo album, Tug of War, released in 1982. The album was an instant success and featured the hit (and often covered) song "Ebony and Ivory" with Stevie Wonder. The following album, Pipes of Peace, experienced similar success, but McCartney's career experienced a slump until the release of Flaming Pie in 1997. His first album following the hiatus from the death of his wife was the tribute album, A Garland for Linda, in 2000. McCartney spent most of the early 2000s playing groundbreaking and monumental concert dates, including a number of tribute and charity concerts. He also released two more hit studio albums: 2005's Chaos and Creation in the Backyard and his latest release, 2007's Memory Almost Full.
Paul is currently focusing primarily on his hugely popular tour schedule, with concert dates being extended for the hit 2010 Up and Coming Tour into 2011. The short, five date 2011 tour leg will focus on tour dates in South America. The tour will begin on May 9 in Peru and will conclude with a concert date at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas on June 10. Considering the popularity of the Brazilian concert dates in 2010, South American fans should quickly purchase tickets for the 2011 tour before Paul McCartney brings his golden touch to another project.