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“Retire from what?” McCartney Back On Tour This Summer

McCartney is not thinking of retirement at all. On the contrary, he is planning to start touring again next summer. While promoting his upcoming LP Egypt Station, McCartney told the BBC he will start ‘with some little gigs’ in July:

I Don’t know what those are going to be yet. Note to self, must try and figure it out ‘cause they’re approaching fast.

Performing in small venues is all but new to McCartney. Two years ago he showed up at the tiny roadhouse Pappy & Harriet's in Pioneertown, California. Only about 300 fans were lucky to witness this special event. And just two weeks ago he did another unannounced gig in the Liverpool Philharmonic Pub, to an audience of less than hundred. McCartney is keen on playing in places like that, once in a while:

Just because they're fun. We once played The Hundred Club, we once played The Cavern, and those little gigs, they're really nice to do. (…) And it not only takes you back to where you started, but there's the intimacy in the audience, and you can have a lot of fun. And you sometimes don't feel like it's quite so precious. Because if there's 40,000 people who paid all that money, you've gotta think about pleasing them. If there's only a couple hundred, and we're all having a party, you just think, 'We can throw in 'Matchbox,' or we'll throw in an odd number that we'd only do at sound checks or something. So they're good fun for that reason.
The small-scale performances in July will undoubtedly be dominated by the promotion of the new album that will be released in September. By that time, McCartney will also start a new tour:
We're just planning it now. And we definitely know we're out in September, and beyond. Because you've gotta book those now, kind of thing. And I know we're playing Austin City Limits, which is in October. I think that's been announced. Or did I just announce it? That's the only thing that's been announced, yeah. So we're playing that.
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André Homan

André Homan is a Dutch writer and journalist.

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