Paul McCartney has been confirmed to headline the annual three-day Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England, this summer. The former Beatles star will appear for the first time at the festival on Jun
Paul McCartney has been confirmed to headline the annual three-day Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England, this summer. The former Beatles star will appear for the first time at the festival on June 26, which will bring to a close his 2004 Summer Tour.
According to his publicists, McCartney will perform to an estimated 700,000 fans on his 13-date European tour, which begins May 25 in Gijon, northern Spain.
The Rock In Rio festival in Lisbon, Portugal, has moved its schedule up a day to accommodate McCartney, who will now open the week-long festival with a May 28 performance at the Parque Bela Vista. The gig will be his first-ever performance in Portugal.
"Touring really has been a lot of fun for us and the audiences have been great, so why stop now?" McCartney says in a statement. "I'm looking forward to playing and to visiting some new places," he said. The tour will feature music from the Beatles, Wings and the singer's solo career. A Glastonbury spokesperson says further details on the line-up will be unveiled in May or early June.
According to Billboard Boxscore, McCartney was the top-touring artist in the world for 2002, raking in $126.1 million from spring and fall North American legs that brought in $98.8 million and dates in Mexico and Japan that grossed an additional $27.5 million.
His most recent Back In The World tour concluded in June 2003 with a homecoming concert in Liverpool. Those gigs were his first in Europe for 10 years.