First Paul McCartney tour in five years set to begin December 2

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Paul McCartney is scheduled to begin his first European tour since 2004, kicking it off with a December 2 show in Hamburg. Dates follow in Arnhem, Paris, Cologne, Dublin, with the tour ending in London on December 22, the singer's only UK date of the year.



Paul McCartney's tour begins three weeks after the release of his Good Evening New York City album, which features music from McCartney's three nights of performances in July 2009 at New York's Citi Field (formerly Shea Stadium) site of The Beatles' landmark 1965 concert.

The September releases of The Beatles' digitally remastered albums and T he Beatles: Rock Band game have led to a new wave of Beatlemania. The same month, Walt Disney Studios and The Beatles Apple Corps Ltd. announced a deal to remake The Beatles' 1968 animated classic film Yellow Submarine; in early November, director Robert Zemeckis said he hoped to enlist Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in the project.

In other McCartney news, on November 16 the US Library of Congress announced Paul McCartney as winner of the third Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. On November 19, announced that Paul McCartney would perform on two songs for Starr's upcoming CD release, Y Not, due out January 12, 2010.

European tour dates:

December 2: Hamburg, Color Line Arena
December 3: Berlin, O2 World
December 9: Arnhem, Gelredome
December 10: Paris, Bercy
December 16: Cologne, Koln Arena
December 20: Dublin, The O2
December 22: London, The O2 Arena

For information about where to buy remaining tickets, visit this link on the Paul McCartney website.