Paul McCartney has cancelled his entire upcoming European tour. A message was posted on the official PaulMcCartney.com website explaining that given the current situation with the coronavirus along with "current and future work commitments," alternative dates were impossible to book. Fans should refer to their point of purchase for refund information. McCartney and his band were set to kick off the trek on May 23rd in Villeneuve D'Ascq, France.

McCartney said in an announcement:

We were looking forward to seeing you all this summer for what we know would have been much fun. The band and I are so sorry we can't be with you, but these are unprecedented times and the wellbeing and safety of everyone is the priority. I hope you are all keeping well as we look forward to the brighter times ahead. We will rock again. Love Paul

Over 50 years since the Beatles' final tour, Paul McCartney, explained that touring today is a world away from how the "Fab Four" performed in the 1960's: "The beginning of the Beatles' whole thing, before it really all took off; we used to put to guitars and a bass into one amp. So, I mean, there's a major difference now -- no one would think of doing that now. You didn't take P.A.'s around, you'd just use the microphone in the hall. A couple of little speakers along the side. So, the technology has just gone mad, y'know? It's good, it means you can go play big places. It means you can play to an audience of 100,000, or something. Whereas we took ‘round, like, one roadie -- now, you take around 140 people, y'know it's (exaggerated voice) it's quite a business, now."

CANCELLED: Paul McCartney tour dates:

May 23 - Villeneuve D'Ascq, France - Stade Pierre Mauroy
May 26 - Nanterre, France - Paris La Défense Arena,
May 29 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Goffertpark
May 31 - Bordeaux, France - Matmut Atlantique
June 4 - Hannover, Germany - HDI-Arena
June 7 - Lyon, France - Groupama Stadium
June 10 - Casalnuovo di Napoli, Italy - Piazza Del Plebiscito
June 17 - Barcelona, Spain - Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
June 21 - Werchter, Belgium - TW Classic

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