December 16, 1993
Off the Ground
No. of shows
77 32 in Europe 24 in North America 10 in Oceania 6 in South America 5 in Asia
Paul mccartney the new world tour in japan 1993
In 1993, Paul McCartney and his band embarked upon The New World Tour, spanning almost the entire year and almost the entire globe. This tour featured a controversial pre-concert film (starting in the U.S leg of the tour), which was shown before all of the concerts and had graphic animal test footage in the film. This film can be seen on the "Paul is Live In Concert on the New World Tour" video.
This was to be McCartney's last tour for nine years, after his wife and band member, Linda McCartney, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995, and died in 1998 at the age of 56.
The tour was intended to promote McCartney's album Off the Ground. Despite having released three albums of live material in the space of the previous three years (Tripping the Live Fantastic, Tripping the Live Fantastic: Highlights!, and Unplugged), the tour was followed by Paul Is Live, consisting of material from The New World Tour. The release was not embraced by record-buyers, becoming McCartney's lowest-selling live album.
McCartney's touring band consisted of himself, wife Linda McCartney, Hamish Stuart, Robbie McIntosh, Paul "Wix" Wickens and Blair Cunningham.
The final North American stop, in Charlotte, North Carolina, was broadcast live across the United States, with some songs replaced by commercials, by the Fox Television Network.
This was McCartney's final tour of the 20th century. Several venues on the tour featured McCartney's first concert appearance there since his touring days with The Beatles.
This was the third and last time Paul McCartney toured Australia. A proposed further tour to Australia in 2002 was cancelled after the Bali Bombings. In 1993, before Paul McCartney played the South American leg of the tour, Parlophone/MPL released the album Paul Is Live which had songs taken from his concerts in North America and Australia. In 2002, Paul McCartney released a concert DVD from the tour titled Paul Is Live In Concert on the New World Tour.