Sources: N.A. trek to begin Sept. 16.

Sir Paul McCartney will take advantage of the media focus surrounding his halftime performance Feb. 6 at Super Bowl XXXIX to announce his upcoming tour of North America, sources say. Billboard.biz has learned that McCartney will play 38 North American cities beginning Sept. 16 in Miami and running until the end of November.

The concerts will be promoted in a fairly even split between AEG Live/Concerts West and Clear Channel Entertainment, in association with longtime McCartney touring associate Barrie Marshall's Marshall Arts Ltd.

Tickets for the tour are expected to go on sale the last week in February. McCartney last toured the U.S. in 2002 as part of a global outing that grossed more than $126 million and drew nearly 1 million fans.

The touring landscape will be relatively crowded with superstars this fall, as U2 will be on the second U.S. leg of its Vertigo tour, and the Rolling Stones are believed to have an outing in the works.