Seven weeks after being sidelined by a virus that landed him in a Tokyo hospital, Paul McCartney is back on the road.
He continued his “Out There” tour at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York on Saturday, spinning out songs from his career that’s spanned more than five decades. “It’s great to be back,” the 72-year-old told more than 17,000 fans.
McCartney went into the hospital in May because of the viral infection. The illness forced him to cancel two concerts in Asia and half a dozen June dates in the United States. It proved to be minor, but doctors ordered him to rest as a precaution.
He put on a show of just under three hours with 38 songs before finishing with the three-song medley that ends the “Abbey Road” album. He paid tribute to the two late members of the Beatles, singing “Here Today” to former songwriting partner John Lennon. He began playing George Harrison’s song “Something” on the ukulele, and it built into a full band rendition. McCartney also honored another late rock star, Jimi Hendrix, with an instrumental interlude of “Purple Haze.”
The night was most memorable for a couple from Rochester. During his second encore, McCartney brought the couple onstage after the woman held up a sign saying her boyfriend wouldn’t marry her until he met McCartney. After the man led the audience in a verse of “When I’m 64,” to honor his age, he got down on one knee and proposed.
Good thing McCartney appeared to be in excellent condition, because there’ no sign of this year slowing down. His next stop is Pittsburgh on Monday. He has 18 more U.S. shows scheduled, including one at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, where the Beatles made their final concert appearance in 1966.