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MCCARTNEY & BAND ON THE RUN

Paul McCartney has confirmed the first five dates of his new Freshen Up Tour that will follow the release of his new studio album, Egypt Station, on 9/7 on Capitol Records.

The U.S. leg of Freshen Up begins 5/27 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., his first stop there since 2002. He will make his first-ever appearance at BSW Arena in Greenville, S.C. Tickets will go on sale to the public on 7/7; presale starts Tuesday.

To promote the new album, McCartney will be on The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM on Wednesday and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on 9/6.

His band of the last 15+ years—Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums)—remains intact.

The initial dates:

5/27 Raleigh, N.C., PNC Arena 5/30 Greenville, S.C. BSW Arena 6/1 Lexington, Ky., Rupp Arena 6/6 Madison, Wis., Kohl Center 6/11 Moline, Ill., TaxSlayer Center

A STAR-SPANGLED
HITS LIST
It's now or never. (7/1a)
BST HYDE PARK: BIGGER THAN EVER
It's the U.K. equivalent of July 4 fireworks. (7/1a)
SADDLE UP:
BEYONCÉ UNVEILS RENAISSANCE ART
She's not horsing around. (7/1a)
SONG REVENUE: DRAKE TAKES
THE CAKE
The rich get richer. (7/1a)
UMG ACQUIRES ALL THINGS ZAPPA
Who's gonna "Freak Out" over this acquisition? (7/1a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
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