CRITICS MAD FOR MACCA

NME.COM wants to know what you think...

PAUL MCCARTNEY’s ‘DRIVING RAIN’ tour of the US is earning him the best notices he’s had since his time with Beatles.

The tour, which takes in 23 shows in 19 cities, runs through until May 18 in Fort Lauderdale. Such was the anticipation for the tour, that all dates sold out in 30 minutes and the largest unofficial McCartney fansite on the web, www.macca-central.com, had 2.4 million hits in February alone.

During the shows, McCartney has been playing 36 song sets, with most of the tracks distilled Beatles – including ‘Hello Goodbye’, ‘Blackbird’, Eleanor Rigby’ and ‘Back In The USSR’. The LA Times says the show “lived up to the most endearing and inspiring moments of The Beatles legacy” while Sacramento Bee says “the power of the show was rooted in a band that was the best McCartney has fronted, since The Beatles.”

Other observers have said they see McCartney’s tour as having an uplifting, post-September 11 spirit, similar to when Beatles first toured the US in 1964, performing in a country still in shock after the assassination of JFK.

And now NME.COM wants to hear from you.

Have you seen McCartney on this tour? Is it the best tour of the year in the US? Is McCartney reclaiming Beatles’ glory days? Is he the biggest rock star in the world? Is he helping to lay ghosts of September 11 to rest?

Or is he an interfering, old past-it who is trading on former glories?

Email news@nme.com and let us know.