Paul McCartney kicks off his 2012 North American dates tonight (November 11th) in St. Louis at the Scottrade Center. The mini-tour will wind up on November 28th in Edmonton's Rexall Palace. Along the way, "Macca" will take stops in Houston and Vancouver. The shows are shaping up to be be the Former Beatle's final performances of the year.
McCartney was asked why with such a well-oiled, tight, professional band he still undergoes a daily soundcheck prior to a lengthy evening gig: "The real answer is, 'We love it.' So, y'know, whenever we kind of get to the place, we've got to give our (sound) man out front a chance to get his mics up, check that they're all working, and so they do a tech test first of all -- but then we come in for the last three-quarters of an hour, or something, and do that. But we love it. Y'know, it's a nice opportunity to try out some new numbers, just do some stuff that we don't normally do. I enjoy solo-ing, I play a bit more lead guitar than I would normally. I only get a chance to do a couple of bits in the show -- but it's really just we enjoy playing together, that's the truth of it."
Paul McCartney tour dates (subject to change):
November 11 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
November 14 - Houston, TX - Minute Maid Park
November 25 - Vancouver, BC - BC Place
November 28, 19 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place