Legendary McCartney resuming tour after illness break, set for Consol date

Paul McCartney performs during a concert at the Barclays Center, in New York.
Paul McCartney performs during a concert at the Barclays Center, in New York.
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| Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The legendary Sir Paul McCartney has postponed some recent concerts because of a viral infection. However, in a short video he posted last week on YouTube , the former Beatle assured fans that he feels fine, and they can count on his upcoming concert dates, which include a Pittsburgh stop July 7 at Consol Energy Center.

“I feel great; thank you very much for asking,” McCartney, who turned 72 on June 18, says in the video. He has rescheduled many postponed dates for September and October, and even added a show in Greensboro, N.C. On July 5, he will resume his tour in Albany, N.Y., after the hiatus.

“I'm feeling great, rocking and rolling!” McCartney exclaims in the video. He fell ill in Japan in May, and his doctor told him to take it easy.

The first leg of McCartney's worldwide “Out There” tour came in 2013 with a successful visit to 23 cities in places that include South America, Europe and Japan, and now he will be rolling through the United States.

McCartney christened the brand-new Consol Energy Center in 2010 with a pair of instantly soldout shows, and the July 7 concert will be his first in Pittsburgh since those initial shows.

In McCartney's “Out There” show, which has no opener and lasts about three hours, fans can relive favorite musical moments from the past half century. McCartney performs songs from throughout his career, including his time as a solo artist and as a member of the Beatles and Wings. McCartney's set list will include songs from his latest studio album, “New,” which came out last year. The shows uses production technology to amplify the visual and sound effects and uses massive screens, lasers and more.

Kellie B. Gormly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at kgormly@tribweb.com or 412-320-7824.

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