It's Great To Be Back!” Paul McCartney Returns To The Stage in New York After Illness

Sir Paul McCartney has resumed his world tour in New York, just two months after being struck down with a virus which forced him to postpone a number of shows.

Paul mccartneyPaul McCartney is back on the road again after illness

The Beatles legend took to the stage at The Times Union Centre in Albany, New York on Saturday night, telling the 17,500 fans, “It’s great to be back!” He then opened his set with a rendition of ‘Eight Days a Week’, before going into 'My Valentine', which he dedicated to his wife Nancy Shevell.

McCartney played for nearly three hours, unloading a hit filled set of 38 songs including classics from his former bands The Beatles and Wings. Fans in attendance said the 72 year old showed no signs of fatigue during the mammoth set which also included two encores.

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It was the first time McCartney had appeared on stage since his May 1st concert in Costa Rica. Two weeks later he was forced to call off the Japan leg of his tour and a concert in South Korea when he was hospitalised after contracting a virus.

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But for two concert goers, McCartney’s Albany show was an extra special occasion. During his second encore, he brought a couple onstage after he saw the woman had a sign saying her boyfriend wouldn't marry her until he met McCartney. The man then led the audience in a verse of ‘When I'm 64’ before going to his knees and successfully proposing. McCartney then joked that he had “booked us for the wedding.”

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McCartney now has a further 19 concerts to play stateside on his Out There tour. This includes a special show at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, where the Beatles made their final concert appearance in 1966.


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Wayne Wright

I watched the video of Paul's return to the stage and noted how a real entertainer doesn't need 25 other people on stage with elaborate dance numbers and choreography to hold a crowd and justify the price of admission. The new celebrities with a few notable exceptions wouldn't dare go on stage unless they could hide behind a swarm of others. Can you imagine the latest bevy of beauties just standing there and belting out a song without all the technical apparatus?

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