Paul McCartney returned to the stage for the first time since he contracted a virus almost two months ago.

The 72 year-old rocker was forced to postpone several US and Asia 'Out There Tour' shows after dealing with the illness, which caused severe diarrhoea and vomiting.

Paul McCartney
McCartney returned to stage on Saturday night in Albany, New York

McCartney seems to be fully recovered as he recommenced his tour by playing an arena in Albany, New York, on Saturday night (July 5th).

"Good evening, Albany," he said to the sold-out crowd, via Today. "I've a feeling we're going to have a little bit of fun tonight."

McCartney spent several days in a hospital in Tokyo to receive treatment for the viral infection, this forced him to cancel shows at Tokyo's National Stadium that were planned for May 18th & May 19th, Tokyo's Nippon Budokan hall on May 21st and Yanmar Nagai stadium in Osaka on May 24th.

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"I'm so disappointed and sorry to be letting my fans down," he said at the time.

As the former Beatle left Japan, he was under strict instructions by doctors to keep resting, and therefore cancelled all of his June concerts on the US leg of his tour.

"I'm sorry, but it's going to be a few more weeks before we get rocking in America again," he said in a statement on his website. "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."

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These shows will now be rescheduled for October of this year.

"Listen, guys," he said at the end of the nearly three-hour long Albany concert. "You couldn't have given us a better welcome back."