Paul McCartney Plans U.S. Tour

Tuesday, February 5th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LONDON (AP) _ Paul McCartney is planning his first major tour of the United States in almost a decade, he said Monday.

Starting in April, the 14-date ``Drivin' USA'' tour will take McCartney from California to New York City. Details of the venues, including one in Canada, are to be announced shortly.

The former Beatle promised a show like nothing he's staged before in his 40-year career.

``I'm very excited to be getting back on the road, playing with a new band and including some of the songs that I haven't played live before,'' he said in a statement. He also mentioned the tour Sunday night during halftime at the Super Bowl, where he'd performed before the game.

The 59-year-old McCartney, who was in New York on Sept. 11, has played several concerts to raise funds for those affected by the terrorist attacks.

He recently released ``Driving Rain,'' his first album of new material in four years.

McCartney said he also plans to tour Europe later this year. No dates for that tour have been announced.