According to an item that's easy to miss in the Jan. 28 issue of Rolling Stone just popping into mailboxes, Paul McCartney will be touring again in 2016. That bit of information is contained in the caption on a picture of McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell on a Caribbean beach in RS's Random Notes feature. (His official website also has a regular tease on its tour page to “keep checking back” which they haven't taken off.)
McCartney toured extensively in 2015 continuing his lengthy Out There tour which began in 2013 and has hit North and South America, as well as Europe and Asia. Several shows in the Far East were cancelled in 2014 after he was hit with a virus. Where he would go this year is always a question for guesses. The Americas would seem to be a given, since he has played there often over the course of the tour. There has been speculation that this year's tour also could get a new name. McCartney reissued his Tug of War and Pipes of Peace albums in 2015.
McCartney won't be the only Beatle on tour this year. Billboard magazine had reported in December that Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band also have a new tour planned for 2016. "Yes, we are going out again, I believe next summer," current All-Starr Todd Rundgren told the magazine. He said the group will be touring America in the summer and possibly the Pacific Rim in the fall. Ten songs from the “Ringo Starr: The Lifetime of Peace & Love Tribute Concert – Benefiting the David Lynch Foundation,” which took place in 2014, were released in digital form on Amazon and iTunes in December. Three songs, “Photograph,” “Boys” and “With a Little Help From My Friends,” are by Ringo.