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Paul McCartney to play at Candlestick concert

The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Pop legend Paul McCartney is set to return to Candlestick Park to offer a swan song to the San Francisco 49ers' former stadium.

McCartney's website posted a statement Thursday confirming that the former Beatle will perform on Aug. 14 at what is being billed as the last concert at Candlestick.

His appearance became contentious last month when McCartney's worldwide concert promoter, Barrie Marshall, mentioned he had visited the 49ers' new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara as part of negotiations about a possible opening concert there in August.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1gUmAAa) city officials felt slighted, since San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee had personally invited McCartney to close the ''Stick.'' The Beatles played their final paid concert there in 1966.

San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department Director Phil Ginsberg says the city's persistence helped seal the deal.

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