Paul McCartney has unveiled plans for a European leg of his wildly successful concert tour, kicking off March 25 in Paris and wrapping May 27 in Dublin. The new dates encompass the former Beatle's fir

Paul McCartney has unveiled plans for a European leg of his wildly successful concert tour, kicking off March 25 in Paris and wrapping May 27 in Dublin. The new dates encompass the former Beatle's first performances in his native U.K. since 1993. According to Billboard Boxscores, the McCartney tour raked in more than $126 million at the box office last year, averaging more than $2 million per night in North America, Mexico, and Japan.

In tandem with the European dates, McCartney will release a modified edition of his "Back in the U.S." live album March 17 internationally via Capitol. The set, retitled "Back in the World," will feature four songs that did not appear on "Back in the U.S.": "She's Leaving Home," "Calico Skies," "Michelle," and "Let 'Em In." On the same day, international audiences will also get the "Back in the U.S." DVD, which was released last fall in North America and Japan.

"I had a lot of fun touring this show across America last year and instead of been exhausted I felt exhilarated because I am enjoying it so much. I'm looking forward to playing through Europe and bringing the show back home to Britain," McCartney said in a statement.

He continued, "I think the crowd is going to like this gig -- when I was thinking of what songs to play I just imagined myself as one of the audience and thought 'What would I like to hear him play?' So that means we'll be playing some of my Beatles stuff -- rather a lot of Beatles stuff, actually -- some Wings stuff and some more recent stuff; so basically the show pretty much spans my whole career. And I'm really getting off on playing it all with my new band; their energy and musicianship is phenomenal."

Meanwhile, McCartney's title track for the Reprise soundtrack to "Vanilla Sky" is up for the best song written for a motion picture, television, or other visual media honor at this year's Grammys, to be presented Sunday (Feb. 24) in New York.

Here are Paul McCartney's tour dates:

March 25: Paris (Bercy)
March 28: Barcelona (Palau St. Jordi)
April 5-6: Sheffield, England (Hallarm Arena)
April 9: Manchester, England (Evening News Arena)
April 13-14: Birmingham, England (NIA)
April 18-19: London (Earls Court)
April 25: Arnhem, Holland (Gelredome)
April 27-28: Koln, Germany (Arena)
April 30: Hanover, Germany (Preussag Arena)
May 14: Vienna (Stadthalle)
May 17: Munich (Konigsplatz)
May 21: Hamburg (AOL Stadium)
May 27: Dublin (RDS Stadium)

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