Paul McCartney live: Madison Square Garden, New York City

Paul McCartney performed at Madison Square Garden in New York City, USA, on 15 December 1989.

It was the 42nd date of the Paul McCartney World Tour, which lasted for 102 dates across 14 countries between September 1989 and July 1990, and the last of four non-consecutive nights at Madison Square Garden.

McCartney’s band was Linda McCartney on vocals, keyboards, and percussion; Hamish Stuart on guitar, bass guitar, and vocals; Robbie McIntosh on guitar and vocals; Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens on keyboards and vocals; and Chris Whitten on drums and percussion.

I’d always wanted to play Madison Square Gardens. When I was crossing over from training as a classical pianist and I started buying rock ‘n’ roll records I used to see ‘Recorded at MSG’ on the sleeves such a lot that when I saw we were going to play there I thought, Brilliant! You dream, you think it’s a pipe dream, then it comes true. At the end of the concert, when I jumped down off the riser to take a bow Robbie gave me a big hug because he knew what it meant to me.
Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens
New World Tour book

McCartney had previously performed at Madison Square Garden with Wings on 24 and 25 May 1976. He returned there for The Concert For New York City on 20 October 2001; the Driving World Tour on 26 and 27 April 2002; the US Tour on 30 September, 1, 4, and 5 October 2005; the Concert For Sandy Relief on 12 December 2012; and the One On One Tour on 15 and 17 September 2017.

Paul McCartney World Tour 1989-90 poster

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Paul McCartney World Tour dates

Last updated: 26 January 2024
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