First Live Shows of 2012 Announced:
March 24th Ahoy, Rotterdam, Holland
March 26th Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
March 28th Sports Paleis, Antwerp, Belgium
Following the announcement from Buckingham Palace that Paul is set to headline the forthcoming Diamond Jubilee Concert on Monday 4th June, today sees Paul announcing his own live shows as he gets back out 'On the Run' in Europe with the all new leg of his 'On the Run' tour which kicked off last year at New York's Yankee Stadium before rocking through the US, Canada, UAE, Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and ending the year with a memorable homecoming show at Liverpool's Echo Arena.
2012 marks 40 years since Paul's premier tour as a solo artist. Since then Paul has played a truly staggering range of venues and locations. From pub gigs to huge outdoor parks and stadiums; Paul has even played into Space, outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow's Red Square and at the White House to name just a few. In recent years, Paul's live shows have even acquired a new legendary status, garnering unprecedented reviews from fans and critics alike wherever he goes.
Paul first played in Holland, Switzerland and Belgium as a solo artist in 1972.
2012 also marks the 10th anniversary of Paul playing with his band. In February 2002 Paul performed at the Super Bowl for the first time with the line-up of Paul 'Wix Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass guitar/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums). Since then they've performed almost 250 shows together to audiences of millions all over the world.
Over fifty years into his career, he continues to push boundaries, perform to millions and make global news with countless monumental shows.
What a week it is for Paul McCartney. As well as announcing new live shows, this week sees the release of Paul's new album 'Kisses On The Bottom', a collection of standards Paul grew up listening to in his childhood as well as the two new McCartney compositions 'My Valentine' and 'Only Our Hearts'. Paul is currently in Los Angeles where an extra special performance of album tracks was exclusively streamed live worldwide by iTunes last night (Thursday 9th February).
Additionally Paul will be honoured this week as the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce welcome Paul to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame with a star in front of the historic Capitol Records building. Artists such as Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Neil Young and Alicia Keys will also be paying tribute to Paul this week at the 22nd annual MusiCares Person Of The Year benefit gala. As if this wasn't enough, Paul will finish the week by performing at the GRAMMYs, where he is also nominated.