Paul McCartney fans are finally getting to see seeing him in concert July 5 for the first time since May 1. The show tonight is at Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. The Times-Union website reported that fans showed up early for the show. One fan was pictured outside the venue hoping to get a ticket. McCartney arrived at the venue by car and waved to fans. Correspondent Patti Murawski said a new song, "On My Way To Work," was included in the setlist.
The show is his first since May 1 at National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica. From Albany, in the next week, he'll head to Pittsburgh at Consol Energy Center and then on to Chicago for a show at United Center. Tickets for U.S. shows available here and here.
McCartney's four scheduled shows in Japan and one in South Korea were postponed after he came down with a virus that hospitalized him. On May 22, he issued a statement that indicated he would be out of action a little longer than originally thought.
“Since contracting a virus last week that led to the postponement of tour dates, Paul received successful medical treatment at a hospital in Tokyo. He will make a complete recovery and has been ordered to take a few days rest. Paul has been extremely moved by all the messages and well wishes he has received from fans all over the world.”
On June 9, he announced that all seven of his shows previously scheduled for June in the United States were pushed back to October so he could fully recover. “Paul McCartney has confirmed that he will, however reluctantly, heed medical advice to rest up just a bit longer to fully recuperate from the virus that forced the postponement of his recent dates in Japan and Korea,” a statement said.
“The 'Out There' world tour will now resume July 5 in Albany, NY, and the June 14-26 shows in Lubbock, Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Nashville and Louisville have been rescheduled to October.”
On June 24, McCartney announced in a YouTube message that he indeed was getting better. He also revealed a new date for his Out There! Tour Oct. 30 at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum. (Thanks to Beatles Examiner correspondent Patti Murawski.)