Paul McCartney's Out There tour has hit the shores of Japan, marking the former-Beatle's first trip to the island since 2002. McCartney kicked off the six-show mini tour last night (November 11th) at Osaka's Kyocera Dome, and will play there again tonight (November 12th). On November 15th, "Macca" will play Fukuoka's Yafuoka! Dome before moving on to a leg closing three-night run at the Tokyo Dome on November 18th, 19th, and 21st. No future dates have been officially announced but there are rumors about a string of Down Under dates being set for early next year.
McCartney's setlist varied slightly from his recent North American shows, with four songs from his recent Top Three album, New, making their way into the Beatles and Wings-heavy setlist. The newly added tracks are -- "Save Us," "New," "Queenie Eye," and "Everybody Out There."
- Paul McCartney's latest album, New, features no less than four co-producers behind the boards -- Giles Martin, Ethan Johns, Paul Epworth, and Mark Ronson. McCartney was asked what he was seeking from the current crop of producers working on his sessions: "Just really to be relaxed, have a good time -- and for them to be good, which is what happened. I was really intending to choose between the four producers, but each one of them brought something different to the mix, so I ended up staying with all four."
Paul McCartney's setlist on November 11th, 2013 in Osaka (via Beatlefan)
"Eight Days A Week"
"All My Loving"
"Listen to What The Man Said"
"Let Me Roll It"
"Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five"
"The Long And Winding Road"
"Maybe I'm Amazed"
"I've Just Seen A Face"
"We Can Work It Out"
"And I Love Her"
"All Together Now"
"Everybody Out There"
"Being For the Benefit Of Mr. Kite"
"Band On The Run"
"Back In The U.S.S.R."
"Let It Be"
"Live And Let Die"
"Hi, Hi, Hi"
"Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End"
- On January 16th, 1980, Paul McCartney was arrested in Tokyo, Japan for bringing 7.7 ounces of marijuana into the country. Fans were stunned at McCartney's action seeing as how he had lobbied so hard to be granted a work visa to perform in Japan after Wings was turned away in 1975 due to his previous drug busts. McCartney made no effort to conceal the large plastic bag of pot; instead he simply placed it among his clothes in his suitcase.
- Wings' 11 concerts -- which were to be the second leg of a proposed world tour -- were quickly canceled. McCartney, who was facing a seven-year prison sentence, was known in the detention center as "Prisoner Number 22" and spent his time in his eight-by-four cell exercising and reading science fiction books brought to him by wife Linda McCartney. Rather than accept special treatment, McCartney opted to bathe with the fellow prisoners during his nine-day stay behind bars.
- McCartney's eventual deportation marked the end of Wings' touring days, but he returned to Japan in March 1990 for six shows at the Tokyo Dome. He returned in November 2002 for three shows in Tokyo and two in Osaka.
- Newly released is the Beatles' second official BBC collection, called, On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2. On Air's 63 tracks, none of which overlaps with 1994's Live At The BBC, includes "37 previously unreleased performances and 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio banter and conversation between the band's members and their BBC radio hosts."
- Live At The BBC has also been reissued with improved and remastered sound.
- Last month Paul McCartney released his latest album, called New. The set topped out at Number Three on the Billboard 200 album chart.
CHECK IT OUT: Paul McCartney arriving in Japan on November 9th at Osaka's Kansai International Airport:
Paul McCartney On 'New' Producers