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Paul McCartney postpones start of U.S. tour

Paul McCartney will rock the U.S. on July 5.
Paul McCartney will rock the U.S. on July 5.
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Paul McCartney, suffering from a viral infection, was forced to re-schedule dates on his U.S. tour. Fans in Arizona need not worry though, his planned concert on Aug.12 at the US Airways Arena in Phoenix will continue as scheduled.

The 71 year old former Beatle was hospitalized in Tokyo on May 20 during the Asia leg of his “Out There” tour. McCartney was to continue on for performances in Japan, and South Korea, but those dates had to be canceled. Sir Paul issued an apology to his Asian fans, who held vigil outside the hospital.

The U.S. leg of the tour was scheduled to kick off on June 14 in Lubbock, TX, but due to health concerns it will not resume until July 5, in Albany, NY. McCartney issued a statement on his website stating “I’m sorry but it’s going to be a few more weeks before we get rocking in America again. I’m feeling great but taking my docs' advice to take it easy for just a few more days. Look forward to seeing you all soon.”

Other cities re-scheduled for October are New Orleans, Dallas, Atlanta, Nashville, Jacksonville, Fla. and Louisville, KY, where the tour will finish on October 28. "Out There" was originally planned to wrap on Aug. 14 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, where The Beatles played their final full length concert in 1966.

Certainly not a show to be missed, McCartney was last seen in Phoenix in March of 2010, where he began his “Up and Coming” tour. For tickets to his Aug. 12 show in Phoenix log onto usairwayscenter.com

For full tour dates check out paulmccartney.com