Paul McCartney, who'll turn 75 in June, confirmed Saturday that he'll definitely be on tour in 2017. The former Beatle announced the first three shows on the 2017 edition of his “One On One” tour will take place at the Dome in Tokyo on April 27, 29 and 30. "I’m really excited to be taking the 'One On One' Tour to Japan,” he said in a statement released announcing the new tour dates. “We always have an amazing time there and the audiences have always been so brilliant. We have such special memories from our last trip and we look forward to making many more this time round. Let’s rock Japan!."
McCartney most recently performed in Japan in April of 2015 doing five shows -- one in Osaka and then four in Tokyo, including a one-night stand at the Budokan where he and his fellow Beatles John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr also performed in 1966. He then performed a show in Seoul, Korea, ending his string of 2015 Far East dates. He also performed in Japan in November, 2013.
McCartney's representatives also announced Saturday on Facebook that his long-time tour promoter Barrie Marshall has been among those named in this year's Queen's New Year's Honours. Marshall was given an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for music promotion. “Massive congratulations to Paul’s tour promoter, Barrie Marshall, who has been awarded with an MBE for services to music promotion. Barrie has worked with Paul since the 1989-90 World Tour, which saw Paul set a world record for the largest concert attendance. Huge congratulations Barrie, with love from Paul and all the team.”
McCartney also recently announced he'll reissue his 1989 “Flowers in the Dirt” album in March in several configurations that will include unreleased content, including demos of his work with Elvis Costello done for the album. The album's Top 40 single, “My Brave Face,” and other tracks on the album were co-written with Costello.