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Paul McCartney Announces New World Tour London Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 February 2003
Beatles fans received a double treat on Tuesday with announcements of a new world tour by Paul McCartney and the release of a DVD of a 1994 jam session by McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.

McCartney said he plans to include a large package of Beatles songs in his first British tour in a decade, scheduling 22 songs from his Fab Four days for each two-and-a-half hour arena concert.

Seven dates in April have been announced for the "Back in the World" tour, including stops in London and in Manchester, northern England. McCartney then plans to tour France, Spain, Germany and Scandinavia. The world tour follows McCartney's successful 2002 "Back In The U.S." tour a series of performances that brought him Billboard magazine's Tour Of The Year prize.

"I had a lot of fun touring this show around America last year, but now I'm bringing it home, and that's special to me as I always look forward to playing to a home crowd," McCartney said in a statement.

He said he has learned to give audiences what they want.

"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," he said.

McCartney said he would give some Beatles classics a contemporary twist. "There are a couple of numbers that I hope we might be able to reinvent," he said.

Tickets for the concerts go on sale Friday, price between 35 and 45 pounds ($56 to $72 US).

Fans also will be able to purchase a DVD of the reunion performance by McCartney, Starr and Harrison that was filmed in 1994. It was the only time the three played together after the band split up in 1970.

Due to be released at the end of March, the hour-long DVD was shot at Harrison's studios at his mansion in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. The songs are mainly staples from their early performing days, including "Blue Moon Of Kentucky," "Ain't She Sweet" and "Thinking of Linking."

A spokesman for McCartney told the British Broadcasting Corp. that the jam session was "really sweet. It's five old songs that they would have played in the days before the Beatles. It's really nice footage."

Source: Associated press

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