BY DAVE HOEKSTRA AND THOMAS CONNER
Paul McCartney's long road might be winding through Wrigley Field this summer.
A source in local event production tells the Sun-Times the Cubs are angling for two concerts by the former Beatle at Wrigley Field, possibly July 31 and Aug. 1.
Neither the Cubs nor McCartney's public relations agency would confirm the dates.
"We've heard those dates, as well," said Bennett Lawson of Ald. Tom Tunney's (44th) office. "We can't confirm it. The Cubs haven't come to us with a performer or specific dates. We know they would like to do something this summer."
The Cubs are out of town July 26-Aug. 4.
"The schedule is tighter for them [this year] than in previous years," Lawson said. "They need a certain time for set up and take down and it has to be June, July or August. We still need city council approval, which can happen quickly."
Thus far, the only 2011 McCartney concert officially announced is a June 10 stop at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
McCartney is currently on tour in South America, completing another leg of his Up and Coming world tour that began last year. Many concerts on that tour have been announced piecemeal, and not always very far in advance.
After launching concerts in the historic North Side ballpark with a Jimmy Buffett show in 2005, the Cubs agreed to schedule shows at Wrigley every other year. However, after the Police played Wrigley in 2007, programming increased with two concerts in 2009 (Elton John and Billy Joel, and Rascal Flatts) and one late last summer (the Dave Matthews Band, Sept. 17-18).
McCartney was expected to be a Wrigley performer last year. Only the Dave Matthews dates took place after an encore Elton John & Billy Joel tour collapsed in the planning stages.
McCartney was last in Chicago playing two shows, Oct. 18-19, 2005, at the United Center.
The concert would be McCartney's first stop in a Chicago baseball stadium since Aug, 20, 1965, when the Beatles played on a plywood stage set up in front of the center field scoreboard at Comiskey Park.
That stop was part of a two week tour that included gigs at the now-razed baseball stadiums Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio, Busch Stadium in St. Louis, and Candlestick Park in San Francisco. A year later the Beatles appeared together for the last time at Candlestick, now the home of the San Francisco '49ers football team.