Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
Copyright MJ Kim - used by permission

Millions of Paul McCartney fans around the world breathed a big sigh of relief with a new video released June 24, in which he said he's ready to go back on tour and play music again after having to postpone several shows because of illness. He even added a little bit of air guitar to show his enthusiasm.

“Hey, how ya doin' everybody, yeah? Listen, everybody's been asking me how I feel. I feel great, thank you very much for asking,” McCartney said as the video opened. “Hey listen, this is also just a note to say that the dates that was postponed, the concerts and the shows, have been rescheduled for September and October so come and see us then and we'll come and see you. Feeling great, rocking and rolling, yeah!”

McCartney also took the occasion to reinforce the fact that he's not thinking of slowing down by announcing a new show added to his 'Out There! Tour' Oct. 30 at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum, his first ever in that city. Tickets were to go on sale to the public on June 30.

A series of shows in Japan, South Korea and the U.S. were postponed by McCartney after contracting what his representatives said was a virus. The U.S. shows originally scheduled for June were moved back to October, while the Japan and North Korea shows have yet to be rescheduled. His first U.S. show following the canccellations will be July 5 in Albany, New York. Other shows will run through August and he has hinted that additional shows may be added.

McCartney, who just turned 72 last week, will find himself out on the road at the same time as fellow Beatle Ringo Starr, who's 74. Starr is currently touring the U.S. through July, then will return for additional shows in October.

And there's no stopping the Beatles, either. They just announced the release of a vinyl mono box set of their albums will be released Sept. 9, five years to the day of the release of their remastered stereo albums on CD. Additionally, their first movie, “A Hard Day's Night,” was just reissued on DVD Tuesday.