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Paul McCartney resumes Out There world tour after being hospitalised by virus

The former Beatles man had to postpone the Japanese and South Korean legs of his tour after falling ill

Sir Paul McCartney has resumed his world tour just two months after a virus led him to postpone a number of shows.

The 72-year-old played in front of 17,500 fans at The Times Union Centre in Albany, New York last night, in what was his first show since he performed in Costa Rica on May 1.

On May 16, McCartney had to call off the Japan leg of his tour and a concert in South Korea when he contracted a virus that hospitalised him.

The former member of The Beatles also had to postpone a number of US gigs in the tour that was supposed to see McCartney perform 58 shows, earning him $105.8 million in ticket sales.

Entering the stage last night, he greeted his fans by saying “It's great to be back", before launching into a version of The Beatles classic Eight Days a Week before dedicating the song, My Valentine, to his wife Nancy Shevell.

In total, McCartney played 38 songs over nearly three hours and, according to fans, showed no signs of fatigue.

He even had enough energy for two encores, and during the second encore he brought a couple onstage to allow the man to propose to his girlfriend.

McCartney has a further 19 shows scheduled for this year, which will include one at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, the place where The Beatles played their final concert together as a band.