Paul McCartney restarts tour after time off due to illness

The former Beatle played his first show in almost two months in Albany, New York

Paul McCartney has resumed his tour after taking off almost two months due to being struck down by a virus.

The former Beatle played Times Union Centre in Albany, New York last night (July 5). “It’s great to be back,” he told the crowd, opening his three-hour long set with ‘Eight Days A Week’. In May McCartney was taken ill and hospitalised in Tokyo, Japan. He subsequently postponed a series of shows in Lubbock, Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Nashville and Louisville on his ‘Out There’ tour, which have now been rearranged for October.

BBC News reports that last night’s gig saw a marriage proposal, with McCartney bringing onstage a couple after a woman held up a sign that said her partner wouldn’t marry her until he had met McCartney. “And he booked us for the wedding,” joked McCartney after the proposal.

Last month McCartney released a video statement saying “I feel great” in the wake of his recent illness. “Everybody’s been asking how I’m feeling – I feel great, thank you very much for asking… feeling great, rocking and rolling”, said the musician.