BALTIMORE -- One very famous Beatle is coming to Baltimore.
The Orioles on Friday announced that they have booked 18-time Grammy Award winner Paul McCartney for the legendary singer-songwriter’s first solo concert in the Charm City. He will perform on Sunday, June 12, as part of his 2022 Got Back Tour, marking his first Baltimore concert since the Beatles’ original North American tour in 1964.
Tickets will go on sale to the public beginning Friday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. ET, with Birdland Members having access to an exclusive pre-sale beginning Wednesday, Feb. 23. Fans will also have the opportunity to share their love of music by making a monetary donation to benefit a local school; the Orioles Charitable Foundation will match up to $10,000 in fan donations, which will support the Baltimore School for the Arts’ TWIGS and BSA Jazz programs for aspiring, young musicians.
“As one of the most illustrious and decorated performers of all time, Paul McCartney has changed the world and transcended generations with his music and storytelling,” said Orioles chairman and CEO John Angelos. “The Orioles are thrilled to welcome McCartney to our iconic venue for one of the most exciting nights in our ballpark’s history. This extraordinary event represents another major milestone in the club’s commitment to generating tourism and economic growth for the city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland, as we continue to develop Camden Yards as one of the region’s top entertainment destinations.”
That has been a focused effort of the club in recent years, taking form specifically in the opening of Camden Yards to non-baseball acts. Billy Joel headlined the stadium’s first full-blown concert in 2019, which sold out. The Orioles also tabbed country music acts The Avett Brothers and Carter Faith for a postgame concert in 2021, and they cancelled an additional postgame show featuring Diplo after sexual assault allegations surfaced against the DJ/producer. The club also books emerging artists for smaller shows at its training complex in Sarasota, Fla., each spring.
The upcoming McCartney show should stand alone in terms of scope and appeal, and it serves as a birthday celebration of sorts for Camden Yards, which turns 30 this year. McCartney will visit as part of a 13-city U.S. tour beginning April 28 in Spokane, Wash., his first run of live shows since his 39-date Freshen Up tour in 2019. That run concluded with a sold-out show at Dodger Stadium. McCartney has also played MLB venues Globe Life Park (Texas), Petco Park (San Diego), Fenway Park (Boston) and Citi Field (New York) in the past.
Minor League signing
The Orioles this week agreed to terms with infielder/outfielder Shed Long Jr. on a Minor League contract, according to a report by ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The club has not confirmed the deal, which is not official.
A former top prospect, Long, 26, spent the last three seasons with the Mariners, electing free agency after they outrighted him in October. Long hit .216 with 12 home runs and a .660 OPS across 110 total games with Seattle, batting .198 with four homers in 34 contests in 2021. Long split his time defensively between second base and left field; with Baltimore, he profiles best as a utility option in the infield with a chance to make the club out of Spring Training.