Dozens line up for Paul McCartney tickets

Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
Fans line up for tickets to see Paul McCartney at Great American Ball Park
Fans line up for tickets to see Paul McCartney at Great American Ball Park

Tickets went on sale Friday at noon for the Paul McCartney concert at Great American Ball Park on Aug. 4.

Dozens of fans were already lined up when the ticket office opened at GABP. A few even camped out over night.

Jennifer Girdner of Finneytown was the first in line at 11:30 Thursday night and the first to buy tickets in person at the ticket office.

"I have my golden ticket to see Paul finally," said Girdner.

"I grew up on them, the first songs I remember singing are Beatles songs as a little girl. Four-years-old on our back yard swings singing 'She's Got a Ticket to Ride'.''

McCartney's On the Run Tour features nearly three hours of music from the Beatles, Wings, and his solo career.

This will be McCartney's first performance in Cincinnati in 18 years. His last appearance was his show during The New World Tour in 1993.

His first Queen City concert was back in 1964 when local disk jockeys pulled together to snag the popular band for a concert at Cincinnati Gardens.

"We sent a telegram on a whim, sent a telegram to England," former disk jockey and current Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes said. "[We said] 'We'd like to have them when they're here' and got back the answer saying 'You've got them'."

A signed dollar bill and a photograph in his downtown office serve as reminders to Rhodes of that first Paul McCartney visit to the Queen City.

"It was their first tour and there were only about 20 cities on tour," Rhodes recalled. "It was kind of special for us and for the area."

Almost 50 years later Beatles fans still gather every August at Haps Irish Pub in Hyde Park to celebrate the Beatles two trips to the Queen City in the 1960's.

"Beatles fans are fanatics," pub owner Danny Thomas said. "They'll come from long distances to go to a concert."

Thomas says this year's Paul McCartney concert will no doubt draw a crowd that rivals any packed-out Red's game.

"It's an important asset to the area," Rhodes said of the Great American Ball Park. "If it can be used for other things like this I think it's terrific. It's great for the community."

"Plus its going to bring people downtown versus Riverbend," Thomas added.

McCartney recently just wrapped up his Up and Coming tour playing in over three dozen shows to more than a million fans.

Tickets will only be available at the Great American Ball Park Box Office, online at or by calling 513-381-REDS (7337).

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