Along with the news of his new solo album, Egypt Station, set to release on Sept. 7, Sir Paul McCartney also recently unveiled plans for the Freshen Up Tour – and on Friday, that outing’s first U.S. dates were announced.
When it comes to tour news, McCartney’s camp tends to roll things out in bunches, so it’s safe to expect more shows to be announced in the coming weeks. But for now, here’s the schedule including the previously-announced Canadian dates:
UPDATE: Three additional shows have been added to the tour. Full current schedule below, new shows bolded:
September 17: Quebec City, QC – the Videotron Centre
September 20: Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
September 28 – Winnipeg, MB – Bell MTS Place
September 30 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
May 23 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Arena
Monday, May 27 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
Thursday, May 30 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Saturday, June 1 – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
June 3 – Fort Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Thursday, June 6 – Madison, WI – Kohl Center
Tuesday, June 11 – Moline, IL – TaxSlayer Center
June 26 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
If you missed it here’s Macca’s most recent single, the provocatively-titled “Fuh You”:
In addition to the tour news, it was also announced that McCartney will appear on a special episode of the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Sept. 6, the eve of his new record’s release … where we hope he’ll get up to some of the type of fun he had with James Corden in June.
More on the album itself:
True to the inspiration behind its title, Egypt Station’s 14 songs combine to convey a unique travelogue vibe. Between the opening and closing instrumentals “Station I” and “Station II,” each song finds Paul capturing a place or moment before transporting the listener seamlessly to the next destination. Stops along the way include an acoustic meditation on present day contentedness (“Happy With You”), a timeless anthem that would fit on virtually any album of any McCartney era (“People Want Peace”), and an epic multi-movement closer clocking in at seven minutes with a song suite structure harkening back to the days of Paul’s previous combos (“Despite Repeated Warnings”). The result is a kaleidoscopic journey through myriad musical locales and eras, yet firmly rooted in the here and now–with Paul’s singular unmistakeable melodic sensibility serving as guide.