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Paul McCartney returns to action with 'really big show' in Albany

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Paul McCartney, who's been absent from the concert scene since early May after a virus forced cancellation or rescheduling of a block of shows, restarted his Out There! tour at Times-Union Center in Albany, N.Y. July 5 almost like nothing had happened. His show was its usual length, and he even included a new song in the set list not previously played live, “On My Way to Work,” from his most recent “NEW!” album.

Four shows scheduled for Japan and one in South Korea were postponed after he came down with a virus that hospitalized him. On June 9, he announced that all seven of his shows previously scheduled for June in the United States would be pushed back to October so he could fully recover. The first new show was tonight's show in Albany. On June 24, he announced a new date for his Out There! tour Oct. 30 at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum.

Several clips were posted on YouTube before the show ended. The songs were ”Band on the Run,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “The Long and Winding Road,” “Here Today” and “Live and Let Die.”

Here's what the complete official set list for this show as reported by Paul McCartney's press office looked like (changes in bold from San Jose, Costa Rica): “Eight Days a Week,” “Save Us,” “All My Loving,” “Listen to What the Man Said,” “Let Me Roll It,” “Paperback Writer,” “My Valentine,” “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five,” “The Long and Winding Road,” “Maybe I'm Amazed,” “I've Just Seen a Face,” “On My Way To Work” (new!) “We Can Work It Out,” “Another Day,” “And I Love Her.”

Next came “Blackbird,” “Here Today,” “NEW,” “Queenie Eye,” “Lady Madonna,” “All Together Now,” “Lovely Rita,” “Everybody Out There,” “Eleanor Rigby,” and “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite.”

Finally, there was “Something,” “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” “Band on the Run,” “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” “Let It Be,” “Live and Let Die,” “Hey Jude.” Encore: “Day Tripper,” “Hi, Hi, Hi,” “Get Back.” Encore 2: “Yesterday,” “Helter Skelter,” “Golden Slumbers”/“Carry That Weight”/“The End.” (Thanks to Beatles Examiner correspondent Patti Murawski for the picture from Albany.)

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