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Paul McCartney returns to the road this weekend


Paul McCartney kicks off his 2014 Out There summer dates on Saturday (July 5th) in Albany, New York's Times Union Center. His July and August dates were originally supposed to make up the final run of the U.S. leg, but following his hospitalization this past spring in Japan and the postponement of his Asian tour, "Macca's" June concerts were pushed back to October. Of particular note, the current leg finds McCartney and his band returning to the two final venues of the Beatles' last tour in 1966 -- L.A.'s Dodger Stadium and San Francisco's Candlestick Park for a venue and leg closing gig.

McCartney’s recently canceled Asian leg, due to falling ill with an unnamed virus, was to include three concerts in Tokyo and one in Osaka, Japan. The mini-tour was supposed to culminate with what was to be McCartney’s first South Korean concert. There has been no word as to when the five Asian shows will be rescheduled.

Paul McCartney admitted that his pre-show soundchecks have always been a highlight of being out on the road: "I mean, really, all we have to do is check the instruments -- but if we just check them, we'd get bored. So, we've got enough numbers to kind of throw some in, and then if they start to sound really good -- 'Oh, we'll stick that in the show!' But it does become its own little thing. And what happens is, some of the people that come to the show buy a special ticket and come to this one. Y'know, we wanna try and entertain them.”

We asked McCartney a while back if he could pick his favorite album from throughout the course of his career: "It's really difficult to choose it. 'Cause I like different albums for different things. If I had to choose just one, I think I'd probably go for Sgt. Pepper('s Lonely Hearts Club Band). But, having said that, immediately I'd start to think about Abbey Road and Rubber Soul, and Revolver, and even a couple of my own since. If I had to just plump for one, It'd be Sgt. Pepper."

Paul McCartney tour dates (subject to change):

July 5 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center
July 7 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center
July 9 - Chicago, IL - United Center
July 12 - Fargo, ND - Fargodome
July 14 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena
July 16 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
August 2 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Field
August 5 - Missoula, MT - Washington-Grizzly Stadium
August 7 - Salt Lake City, UT - EnergySolutions Arena
August 10 - Los Angeles, CA - Dodger Stadium
August 12 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center
August 14 - -San Francisco, CA - Candlestick Park
October 2 - Lubbock, TX - United Spirit Arena
October 11 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center
October 13 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
October 15 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
October 16 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
October 25 - Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
October 28 - Louisville, KY - Yum! Center
October 30 - Greensboro, North Carolina - Greensboro Coliseum

Side Notes:

• On June 25th, during his second Carnegie Hall concert in New York City, Elvis Costello world premiered ”Tommy’s Coming Home” -- one of the legendary unreleased songs from his 1987 songwriting collaboration with Paul McCartney.

• Out now is the latest biography on the former Beatle, titled, Man On The Run: Paul McCartney In The 1970’s, by noted UK journalist Tom Doyle. The tome, which was first published early last year in England, breaks new ground in discussing McCartney’s devastation in John Lennon quitting the Beatles and splitting their 12-year partnership -- along with the bumpy road which lead Wings to become among the top pop/rock groups of the decade.

• Coming later this year is a star-studded Paul McCartney tribute album, which will feature performances by Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Roger Daltrey, Barry Gibb, Jeff Lynne, the Steve Miller Band, and Billy Joel.

• The 32-song album, called The Art Of Paul McCartney, will also feature tracks by Willie Nelson, Jamie Cullum, and Corinne Bailey, and includes such Beatles and solo staples as “Live And Let Die,” “Let It Be,” “Yesterday,” “All My Loving,” “Things We Said Today,” “The Long And Winding Road,” “Hello Goodbye,” “Drive My Car,” “Hey Jude,” “Let Me Roll It,” "P.S. I Love You," "When I'm Sixty Four," “Listen To What The Man Said” and “Every Night” -- with Dylan’s contribution said to be the "Fab Four's" Revolver weeper, “For No One.”

• No release date for The Art Of Paul McCartney has been announced.

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