Paul McCartney is extending a world tour with nine dates in Europe, including a headline appearance at the Roskilde Festival and an emotional return to the Beatles' native Liverpool.
The 72-year-old British icon will play his first shows in his native country since 2012 with three shows in May in London, Birmingham and Liverpool, he said in a statement Friday.
The first date — on May 23 at The 02 — will mark the former Beatle's 50th show in London as a solo artist.
McCartney will also be the major draw at Roskilde, one of Europe's largest music events, in his first time in five years on the continent's summer festival circuit.
The other concerts will take place between June 5 and July 9 in Amsterdam, Marseille, Oslo, Paris and Stockholm — all cities he has not hit on the "Out There" tour that opened in May 2013 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The tour has been marked by giant screens and pyrotechnics, with McCartney playing a range of Beatles classics as well as newer songs.
Roskilde Festival organizers on Friday morning confirmed the Beatle legend's appearance, saying McCartney would play the Orange Stage on Saturday, July 4th – the festival's final night.
"The McCartney live experience is a once-in-a-lifetime moment all music fans should experience. The three-hour concert includes some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years in music, many of which have shaped the soundtrack of our lives," a festival press release said.
McCartney himself appeared to be the festival to the punch by an hour or so Friday morning. A similar scenario played out in 2012 when Bruce Springsteen announced he would play the festival before any official word from Roskilde.
Already announced for this year's Roskilde Festival, the 44th of its kind, are Pharrell Williams, Mastodon, The War on Drugs, Muse and many more. The festival runs from June 27th – July 4th, with the main music acts playing over the last four days.