Paul McCartney kicks off his 2019 "Freshen Up" tour dates tonight (March 20th) in Region Metropolitana, Chile. "Macca's" five-show Latin run will also take in stops in Argentina and Brazil. McCartney kicks off his North American shows on May 23rd in New Orleans at the Smoothie King Center.

We recently checked in with McCartney's guitarist for the past 17 years, Brian Ray, who painted a picture of what its like to gear up for a tour backing the former-Beatle: "The first (laughs) day of any rehearsal for any new project with us, is about 40 minutes of us just jamming. Y'know, Paul will just start in, playing, like 'Twenty Flight Rock' or he'll play 'Matchbox,' y'know, and we'll jam out on that and he'll play some guitar solos. And then we'll do another song -- it's just a jam. He'll just start a riff and it'll be mostly instrumental. He might start singing, like he does in some soundchecks -- he'll start singing about the town we're in. And then we'll go on to a couple of other casual songs, and then, we'll go into work."

Paul McCartney was asked if carrying the legacy of the Beatles as a performing artist today is too heavy a load: "No, it's, it's a great thing, 'cause I was in 'em, and there were only four people in 'em. You're growing up, you're a kid, you're going to school and all this stuff and you're aiming to get, y'know, a great job and do well and everything. You finally get there, it's kind of, y'know, it's amazing, 'cause you're still that kid aiming to get there, but now you're there. And, y'know in some ways I'm still the same kid I was when I was five looking at it, so that is -- I'm amazed! It's like, 'What? You got in the Beatles??? Alright man! Yeah!'"

Paul McCartney tour dates (subject to change):

March 20 - Region Metropolitana, Chile - Estadio Nacional
March 23 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Campo Argentino De Polo
March 26, 27 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Allianz Parque
March 30 - Curitiba - PR, Brazil - Estadio Couto Pereira
May 23 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center
May 27 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
May 30 - Greenville, SC - Bon Secours Wellness Arena
June 1 - Lexington, KY - Rupp Arena
June 3 - Fort Wayne, IN - Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
June 6 - Madison, WI - Kohl Center
June 8 - Green Bay, WI - Lambeau Field
June 11 - Moline, IL - TaxSlayer Center
June 14 - Arlington, TX - Globe Life Park
June 22 - San Diego, CA - Petco Park
June 26 - Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Resort Arena
June 28, 29 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena
July 6 - Vancouver, BC - BC Place
July 10 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center
July 13 - Los Angeles, CA - Dodger Stadium

AUDIO: PAUL MCCARTNEY ON CARRYING THE BEATLES' LEGACY
AUDIO: BRIAN RAY ON PAUL MCCARTNEY REHEARSAL