McCartney Confirms North American, European Tours
Fresh from his pre-game Super Bowl XXXVI performance, Paul McCartney has announced an April North American tour, with a European run to follow in May. The trek, which will be McCartney's first since 1Fresh from his pre-game Super Bowl XXXVI performance, Paul McCartney has announced an April North American tour, with a European run to follow in May. The trek, which will be McCartney's first since 1993, comes in support of the former Beatle's latest solo album, "Driving Rain" (Apple/Capitol).
The North American leg of the tour will begin in early April in California, and wrap at the end of the month in New York, encompassing 14 shows in the U.S. and one in Canada. The European leg of the tour will take in five countries. Details of dates, venues, and ticket information will be announced in the near future.
"I'm very excited to be getting back on the road, playing with a new band and including in the show some songs that I haven't played live before," McCartney said in a statement. He confirmed the tour during a brief interview last night (Feb. 3) during Fox' halftime show, which ended with McCartney and broadcaster Terry Bradshaw singing part of the Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night."
McCartney last toured widely in 1993 in support of the album "Off the Ground." The trek was captured for posterity on the concert set "Paul Is Live," which went heavy on such Beatles favorites as "Drive My Car," "We Can Work It Out," "Penny Lane," and "Lady Madonna."
Prior to last night's game, McCartney performed the "Driving Rain" track "Freedom" as part of the Super Bowl's tribute to America, which also featured performances by the Boston Pops, Wynonna, Barry Manilow, Yolanda Adams, James Ingram, Patti LaBelle, Mary J. Blige, and Marc Anthony. Mariah Carey performed the National Anthem, and U2 supplied the halftime entertainment.
Released in November," Driving Rain" debuted at No. 26 on The Billboard 200.