Paul McCartney adds London date to May tour

The former Beatle will now play The O2 on May 24 in addition to the previously announced May 23 show

Paul McCartney has added a second London date to his upcoming May tour.

Tickets for the tour went on sale this morning, and the London and Liverpool concerts sold out within an hour. Now a second show at The O2 in London will take place on May 24.

The O2 show coincides with the 50th anniversary of ‘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.”

McCartney last performed at The O2 in December 2011. He will also play Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on May 27 and a hometown gig at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on May 28.

Most recently, on Valentine’s Day, he played a surprise gig in New York, during which he played for two hours. At the end of last year, the singer-songwriter revealed that he had been inspired by the recent civil rights protests in New York and Ferguson to write new material. “I was thinking recently about all these protests in New York and around the country. I thought it would be great to put something down about that, just to add my voice to the thousands of people walking in the streets,” he said.

Paul McCartney will play:

London The O2 (May 23/24)
Birmingham Barclaycard Arena (27)
Liverpool Echo Arena (28)