Paul McCartney mobbed as he resumes tour in Japan

Japanese tour dates were postponed in 2014 through illness

Paul McCartney was mobbed by fans upon arrival in Japan yesterday (April 20).

McCartney travelled to Japan after inducting former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland on Saturday. Over 500 fans were at Osaka Airport for his arrival.

The Japanese tour dates McCartney is in the country to perform are rescheduled gigs which were called off last year after he fell sick. The tour kicked off in Osaka’s Kyocera Dome today (April 21), and wil see the star playing five more shows across the country.

The setlist was as follows:

‘Magical Mystery Tour’
‘Save Us’
‘Can’t Buy Me Love’
‘Let Me Roll It’
‘Paperback Writer’
‘My Valentine’
‘Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five’
‘The Long And Winding Road’
‘Maybe I’m Amazed’
‘I’ve Just Seen A Face’
‘We Can Work It Out’
‘Another Day’
‘Hope For The Future’
‘And I Love Her’
‘Here Today’
‘Queenie Eye’
‘Lady Madonna’
‘All Together Now’
‘Lovely Rita’
‘Eleanor Rigby’
‘Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!’
‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’
‘Band On The Run’
‘Back In The USSR’
‘Let It Be’
‘Live And Let Die’
‘Hey Jude’
‘Day Tripper’
‘Hi, Hi, Hi’
‘I Saw Her Standing There’
‘Helter Skelter’
‘Golden Slumbers’/’Carry That Weight’/’The End’

McCartney kicks off his European tour this May, opening at London’s The O2 on May 23.

Tickets for the London and Liverpool dates on the tour sold out within hour, prompting a second show to be added at The O2 on May 24.

The tour takes place around the 50th anniversary of the recording of The Beatles’ classic ‘Yesterday’. Speaking about the landmark McCartney said: “‘Yesterday’ feels like it has taken on a life of its own over the years. The song still is and always has been an important part of our live show. It’s always very emotional for me to hear crowds singing it so loudly at my concerts and I’m looking forward to singing it along with the audience at the O2 in May.”