Feb 18, 2003  source -          
PAUL McCARTNEY is to play his first UK and European concerts in 10 years when his highly-demanded Back In The World tour kicks off in Paris on March 25th. See LIVE DATES section for details.

The launch of the three-month trek will coincide with the release on March 17th of two special souvenirs of the tour - a 37-song live album, titled Back In The World, and Back In The U.S. - a 3-hour DVD filmed inside the world tour during its run across America.

The European tour, which will play include gigs in Paris, Barcelona, Arnhem, Koln, Hannover, Vienna, Munich, Hamburg, Dublin, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham and London, will be Paul first in since his New World Tour of 1993.

Fronting a lean new band, Paul will perform his acclaimed and hugely-successful new show that last year broke 20 box office records during its 50-date tour of America. The tour won Billboard magazine's Tour Of The Year accolade as the most triumphant concert trek of 2002.

Paul McCartney's two and a half hour, 36-song show caused crowd mania last year in Mexico, Japan and America - where it was dubbed "the greatest hits show on Earth".

The show includes 22 Beatles songs - the most Beatles songs ever performed in any one show - plus more than a dozen hits from his Wings and solo periods.

The Back In The World 2-CD album follows the hit album 'Back In The U.S.' which was recently released in America as a souvenir of the first U.S. leg of the world tour. As the set list for the European tour will differ from the first American shows, the Back In The World tracklist has been changed so that the European album is a proper souvenir of the European show.

The 'Back In The World' album will feature four songs not released before: live performances of She's Leaving Home, Calico Skies, Michelle and Let 'Em In.

These will feature alongside such classics as All My Loving, Back In The USSR, Band On The Run, Blackbird, Can't Buy Me Love, Carry That Weight, Coming Up, Eleanor Rigby, Fool On The Hill, Getting Better, Hello Goodbye, Here There And Everywhere, Hey Jude, I Saw Her Standing There, Jet, Live And Let Die and many others.

The Back In The U.S. DVD was previously only available in the U.S.A. and Japan, where it has already been a huge hit with fans as sales in America alone have been of triple-platinum status. The DVD has been dubbed "a rock and road movie" as it records not only the onstage concert action but also takes the viewer right inside the tour; filming Paul, the band and roadcrew backstage and offstage, inside dressing rooms, in the limos with Paul and even aboard his chartered jet for after-show mile-high party antics.

The 'Back In The World' concert show will include performance of Beatles songs never before played live in Europe.

Said Paul: "I had a lot of fun touring this show across America last year and instead of been exhausted I felt exhilarated because I am enjoying it so much. I'm looking forward to playing through Europe and bringing the show back home to Britain.

"I think the crowd is going to like this gig - when I was thinking of what songs to play I just imagined myself as one of the audience and thought 'What would I like to hear him play?'

"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. And I'm really getting off on playing it all with my new band, their energy and musicianship is phenomenal".

Paul McCartney's new band features Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray on guitars, Paul 'Wix' Wickens on keyboards and Abe Laboriel Jr. on drums.

Paul McCartney's world tour, his most successful since The Beatles, began in Oakland, California, in April 2002. It has played through the USA, Canada, Mexico and Japan, 58 concerts in 37 cities, performing to one million people and breaking box office records in a total of 21 towns during 18 weeks on the road. Paul McCartney's 'Back In The World Tour' will drive through Europe during March, April, May. See LIVE DATES section for details.

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