Iconic musician Sir Paul McCartney is coming Down Under on tour this year.
He’ll be performing six shows in Australia as part of his ‘Got Back’ tour, starting with Adelaide on the 18th of October and ending in the Gold Coast on the 4th of November. Unfortunately, there are no New Zealand dates announced.
“I’ve got some good news for you,” the Beatles icon said in a video. “We’ll be coming back on the road - getting out with the band and playing places which we’ve never played before.”
It’s been six years since McCartney last came Down Under. In 2017, he performed in Australia before making a trip across the Tasman to wrap up his ‘One on One’ tour with a show at Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium.
During that time in New Zealand, the ‘Hey Jude’ songwriter fell in love with our country’s scenery, specifically in Hawkes Bay.
“It’s fantastic,” he said in a radio interview at the time. “It's beautiful countryside and I had a day off so I thought I'll come and find somewhere really sweet and this is fantastic, beautiful.”
Last year, McCartney made global headlines for his Glastonbury performance. At one point during his three-hour show, his late bandmate John Lennon digitally appeared on a screen behind Paul.
Together, they sang their 1969 hit ‘Get Back’ from their famous rooftop concert of the same year.
The duet wouldn’t have happened without the help of Kiwi director Sir Peter Jackson, who restored hours of film from the band's rehearsals for the rooftop concert for a documentary he would go on to release.
“One day, Peter Jackson rings me up and says he can take John’s vocals and isolate them so that you can play live with John on tour,” Paul said during his Glastonbury set. “He said: ‘Do you fancy that?’”
We’ll keep you updated if McCartney announces any New Zealand dates. Until then we’ll just have to be jealous of our Australian counterparts (or try to get tickets).