By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer
Paul McCartney has had a good run, hasn’t he?
The man turned 71 in June. He became an international superstar about 50 years ago, when the Beatles came to the United States in 1964.
To put that in perspective, that’s nearly half a century of selling out stadiums worldwide, of drawing tens of thousands of people to sing along to the words he wrote — “Yesterday,” “Let It Be,” “Hey Jude” and literally dozens of others.
McCartney is back on the road now and will bring his “Out There” tour to Safeco Field in Seattle at 8 Friday night. He’ll probably earn at least a million dollars, which he can add to his estimated worth of about $1 billion.
Another thing to put in perspective: For Sir Paul, $1 million isn’t that much money, just about a thousandth of his total bank account.
Nonetheless, that won’t stop him from charging big bucks for the good seats. Tickets are $52.50 to $277 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Bruno Mars is also heading to Seattle for a headlining show at KeyArena at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
The pop star is touring behind his new No. 1 album, “Unorthodox Jukebox,” which features the radio-ready R&B hits “Locked Out of Heaven” and “When I Was Your Man.”
Granted, he’ll also be playing music from his smash debut, “Doo-wops and Hooligans,” which produced the singles “Grenade” and “Just the Way You Are.”
Tickets are $48.80 to $101.68 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
John Mayer, meanwhile, will play on the east side of the Cascades this weekend, as he takes the stage at the Gorge Amphitheatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Mayer is still touring behind his 2012 hit album, “Born and Raised,” which found the pop crooner reinventing himself as a cowboy-hat wearing blues rocker. Thanks to his skill on the guitar, he pulled off the move: The album spent two weeks at No. 1.
Tickets are $46.50 to $94.40 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
American Idol Live! 2013 is also coming to the Seattle area, rolling into the ShoWare Center in Kent at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The annual showcase gives fans of the long-running TV competition a chance to see their favorite singers take the stage together one last time. The lineup includes season-winner Candice Glover.
Tickets are $33.50 to $66 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Seattle band Candlebox, meanwhile, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a show at the Moore Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday.
The group released its self-titled album on July 20, 1993. Hits from that record, including “You” and “Far Behind,” helped establish the group amid the decade’s grunge explosion.
Tickets are $25 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Finally, Courtney Love, another icon of the grunge era, also will play the Moore, hitting the venue at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The troubled rocker and one-time lead singer of Hole is trying to reignite her solo career. The show promises to feature hits from throughout Love’s erratic career, so fans can expect to hear “Miss World” and “Celebrity Skin.”
Tickets are $32.50 to $47 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.