Paul McCartney played to about 44,000 fans at his sold-out Target Field concert in 2014. / Brian Peterson, Star Tribune

Paul McCartney played to 44,000 fans at his sold-out Target Field concert in 2014. / Brian Peterson, Star Tribune

Following last night’s sad news that “Fifth Beatle” George Martin has died, Paul McCartney made it clear today he will still carry the weight of his old band’s legacy on tour in 2016 – and he’ll bring it to several cities he has never played before, including Sioux Falls, S.D.

The initial seven-city itinerary for McCartney’s newly unveiled One on One Tour includes a May 2 date at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in downtown Sioux Falls. Given the relatively intimate setting (a 13,000-capacity arena) and proximity (about four hours by car), the gig might attract a caravan of Twin Cities fans. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday through Ticketmaster for $61.50 to $252. American Express card members’ pre-sale access begins at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Sioux Falls is one of three cities on the initial tour list where McCartney, 73, has never played before, also including Fresno, Calif., and Little Rock, Ark. While the name of the tour suggests more of a solo performance, the press release says the shows will fully involve his band along with “massive screens, lasers, fireworks and, of course, a staggering selection of the best songs ever written or performed.”

There’s no hint yet of a Twin Cities dates being planned on the tour.

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