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McCartney Back on Stage, New Pink Floyd Album

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Recording artist Paul McCartney performs onstage during 'The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles' at the Los Angeles Convention Center on January 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Recording artist Paul McCartney performs onstage during 'The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles' at the Los Angeles Convention Center on January 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS

Paul McCartney is back on the stage, after being sidelined for a couple of months due a virus, which had put the breaks on his Japanese tour and concert and South Korea, and also caused reschedules for a dozen dates in the United States.

Resuming his Out There tour in Albany, New York, McCartney proclaimed it was “great to be back”, and performed a show that spanned just under three hours, but contained 38 songs (much of them of course being from the eras of both the Beatles and Wings). Moments included the expected hits like “Hey Jude”, “Let it Be” and “Another Day”, as well as an instrumental interlude of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”, four songs from his latest album New, and tributes to late Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison.

2014 has already been quite a year for McCartney. Along with the ongoing news of his tour, there was also the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ historical appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. McCartney’s Out There tour is expected to roll on in the United States through October, and during the month of August, San Francisco fans will get a chance to check him out, when he performs at Candlestick Park.

In other music news, Pink Floyd is set to release their first new album in twenty years. The album is titled the Endless River, and it will come out in October, and marks the first release since 1994’s the Division Bell. The album consist a series of tracks recorded in 1994, which was going to be released under the title the Big Spliff, but ended up being shelved. Now following the passing of keyboardist Richard Wright, many of the songs will be expanded with some added vocals.

Unfortunately, for fans hoping for the album to a reunion of sorts featuring Roger Waters will be disappointed, as it does not include the musician. And according to a British newspaper, Pink Floyd won’t be touring in support of the album.