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Paul McCartney set to play his first ever show in Austin

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The live music capitol of the world will soon be host to one of the biggest names in music.

"Every arena in every city in the world has a list. A list of the greatest artist or event they've always wanted to come play in their city. Today, we're going to have an opportunity to check off the top one," said John Garahm, UT Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director.

Seventy-year-old Paul McCartney will play at the Frank Erwin Center May 22 as part of his "Out There" tour. It's a concert that has been in the works for years.

"I would say about five or six times we got close, and then something wouldn't work out whether it was our schedule or theirs. Then we got really close about three years ago and just didn't quite happen, but you just keep at it, can't quit, can't give up," Graham told FOX 7 Thursday.

"Austin and Central Texas has really got some of the best music fans you find anywhere in the world and we do a lot of shows in a lot of markets, but Austin has always been really special," said Bob Roux with Live Nation.

This is McCartney's only show on the calendar in Texas and his first performance in Austin. Adding McCartney to the video marquee at the Erwin Center means big things for the concert venue.

"It's the top of our list of artists that have not played this city and that's one of the things we wanted to make sure we had checked off and I think it says something to the music world that we can do Paul McCartney here," said Graham.

With the addition of the 360 Amphitheater at the Circuit of the Americas, the Erwin Center is now competing to book major artists. In response to that, Graham says, "The population of Austin is growing quite rapidly, probably one of the top growing cities in America and one of the top job growth markets in the area so to be able to serve that, you have to step up and do those things."

Tickets go on sale April 12 at 10 a.m. American Express Cardmembers can purchase tickets starting April 9.

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