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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Paul McCartney is bringing his world tour to Petco Park.

The September concert will mark the first time the Beatles legend has played San Diego since 1976.

The Beatles performed at Balboa Stadium. Between male fans crashing the stage and getting carried away and female fans passing out in pure ecstasy, it was a wonder the Beatles could finish the concert and escape the San Diego stage in one piece.

KFMB photographer Ben Cutshall took pictures of the Fab Four during the Beatles news conference -- classic images of John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and Paul McCartney.

In 2003, Wendy Witworth's husband Ralph surprised his wife on her 50th birthday with a private Paul McCartney concert at a Rancho Sante Fe restaurant. McCartney broke his own rules and played the private gig for a $1 million donation to his favorite charity.

"He said 'I just don't do this, we've never done it, it's a very nice offer, it's generous but I've never done a private party… but I'm going to do it for you,'" Ralph Witworth said.

Before that appearance, 27 years had passed since McCartney's last visit. The year was 1976, and McCartney arrived in San Diego with his then-wife Linda to play his Wings Over America Tour. It was the first time he played solo in the U.S. post-Beatles.

Now, 38 years after his last public San Diego show, McCartney will play at Petco Park with his Out There Tour.

So circle September 28 on your calendar. American Express card members and Padres season ticket holders get the first crack at tickets between July 14 and 17.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on July 18.

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