Driving World Tour

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Driving World Tour
Driving USA.jpg
Tour by Paul McCartney
Associated album Driving Rain
Start date 1 April 2002
End date 18 November 2002
Legs 4
Shows 58
Paul McCartney concert chronology
The New World Tour
Driving World Tour
Back in the World tour

The Driving World Tour was Paul McCartney's first concert tour of the 21st century and of any kind since 1993's New World Tour. For the first time in nearly a decade, McCartney returned to the road following the death of first wife, Linda McCartney, the death of George Harrison, and 9/11.[1] This was in promotion of his 2001 album Driving Rain. Paul "Wix" Wickens returned on keyboards and is credited as Musical Director. New to the fold were Americans Rusty Anderson, Brian Ray, and Abe Laboriel Jr. Paul McCartney's then-fiancée Heather Mills accompanied him on the tour and was in the audience for every American performance.

The band[edit]


The tour began on 1 April 2002 when the American leg was kicked off in Oakland, California. The official release chronicling the first U.S. leg of the tour was the CD and DVD Back in the U.S., which itself would be promoted by another leg in the States. The second American leg was followed by visits to Japan and Mexico. A remix of The Fireman tracks and a performance by Cirque du Soleil opened each show of this leg. This leg differs from the earlier American dates in that "Mother Nature's Son" and "Vanilla Sky" were dropped from the set list, and "Michelle" and "She's Leaving Home" were included.[2][3]

The Driving Mexico leg of the tour was McCartney's first series of concerts in Mexico during the 21st century.[2][3]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America
Driving USA
1 April 2002 Oakland United States The Arena in Oakland
3 April 2002 San Jose Compaq Center at San Jose
5 April 2002 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
6 April 2002
10 April 2002 Chicago United Center
11 April 2002
13 April 2002 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
16 April 2002 Philadelphia United States First Union Center
17 April 2002 East Rutherford Continental Airlines Arena
19 April 2002 Boston Fleet Center
21 April 2002 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
23 April 2002 Washington, D.C. MCI Center
24 April 2002
26 April 2002 New York City Madison Square Garden
27 April 2002
29 April 2002 Cleveland Gund Arena
1 May 2002 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
4 May 2002 Los Angeles Staples Center
5 May 2002 Anaheim Arrowhead Pond
7 May 2002 Denver Pepsi Center
9 May 2002 Dallas Reunion Arena
10 May 2002
12 May 2002 Atlanta Philips Arena
13 May 2002
15 May 2002 Tampa, Florida Ice Palace
17 May 2002 Sunrise National Car Rental Center
18 May 2002
Back in the U.S.
21 September 2002 Milwaukee United States Bradley Center
23 September 2002 St. Paul Xcel Energy Center
24 September 2002 Chicago United Center
27 September 2002 Hartford Hartford Civic Center
28 September 2002 Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
30 September 2002 Boston Fleet Center
1 October 2002
4 October 2002 Cleveland Gund Arena
5 October 2002 Indianapolis Conseco Fieldhouse
7 October 2002 Raleigh RBC Center
9 October 2002 St. Louis Savvis Center
10 October 2002 Columbus Schottenstein Center
12 October 2002 New Orleans New Orleans Arena
13 October 2002 Houston Compaq Center
15 October 2002 Oklahoma City Ford Center
18 October 2002 Portland Rose Garden Arena
19 October 2002 Tacoma Tacoma Dome
21 October 2002 Sacramento ARCO Arena
22 October 2002 San Jose Compaq Arena
25 October 2002 Anaheim Arrowhead Pond
26 October 2002 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
28 October 2002 Los Angeles Staples Center
29 October 2002 Phoenix America West Arena
Driving Mexico
2 November 2002 Mexico City Mexico Palacio de los Deportes
3 November 2002
5 November 2002
Driving Japan
11 November 2002 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome
13 November 2002
14 November 2002
17 November 2002 Osaka Osaka Dome
18 November 2002


Instruments played by band members[edit]

Songs McCartney Anderson Ray Wickens Laboriel
Hello Goodbye Bass Electric Guitar Electric Guitar Keyboards Drums
All My Loving Acoustic Guitar
Getting Better Electric Guitar Bass Keyboards
Coming Up Bass Electric Guitar
Let Me Roll It Electric Guitar Bass
Lonely Road Bass Electric Guitar
Driving Rain Acoustic Guitar
Your Loving Flame Piano Bass
Blackbird Acoustic Guitar None None None None
Every Night
We Can Work It Out
Mother Nature's Son Accordion
Vanilla Sky Acoustic Guitar Keyboards
You Never Give Me Your Money/Carry That Weight Piano None None
The Fool On The Hill Keyboards
Here Today Acoustic Guitar None
Something Ukulele
Eleanor Rigby Acoustic Guitar Keyboards
Here, There And Everywhere Acoustic Guitar Bass Accordion Drum
Band On The Run Bass Electric Guitar Electric Guitar/Acoustic Guitar Keyboards Drums
Back In The USSR Electric Guitar
Maybe I'm Amazed Piano Bass
C Moon
My Love
Can't Buy Me Love Bass Electric Guitar Acoustic Guitar
Freedom Acoustic Guitar Bass Keyboards
Live And Let Die Piano
Let It Be
Hey Jude
The Long And Winding Road
Lady Madonna
I Saw Her Standing There Bass Electric Guitar
Yesterday Acoustic Guitar None None None
Sgt. Pepper's/The End Electric Guitar Electric Guitar Bass/Electric Guitar Drums


  1. ^ Paul McCartney: File Under...Concerts | EW.com
  2. ^ a b "Back In The US Tour reports". 
  3. ^ a b "Back In The US Tour dates". 
  4. ^ Paul McCartney Setlist at MCI Center, Washington, DC, USA on 23 April 2002, http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/2002/mci-center-washington-dc-4bd5ff8a.html
  5. ^ Paul McCartney Setlist at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI, USA on 1 May 2002, http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/2002/the-palace-of-auburn-hills-auburn-hills-mi-33d62059.html
  6. ^ Paul McCartney Setlist at Pepsi Center, Denver, CO, USA on 7 May 2002, http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/2002/pepsi-center-denver-co-73d4c289.html
  7. ^ Paul McCartney Setlist at Ice Palace, Tampa, FL, USA on 15 May 2002, http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/2002/ice-palace-tampa-fl-7bd4f2e0.html
  8. ^ Paul McCartney Setlist at Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI, USA on 21 September 2002, http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/2002/bradley-center-milwaukee-wi-3d7b983.html
  9. ^ Paul McCartney Setlist at United Center, Chicago, IL, USA on 24 September 2002, http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/2002/united-center-chicago-il-bd7b986.html
  10. ^ Paul McCartney Setlist at Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN, USA on 5 October 2002, http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/2002/conseco-fieldhouse-indianapolis-in-bd51dca.html
  11. ^ Paul McCartney Setlist at New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA, USA on 12 October 2002, http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/2002/new-orleans-arena-new-orleans-la-43d5afcf.html
  12. ^ Paul McCartney Setlist at Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico on 2 November 2002, http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/2002/palacio-de-los-deportes-mexico-city-mexico-3d439c7.html
  13. ^ Paul McCartney Setlist at Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico on 3 November 2002, http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/2002/palacio-de-los-deportes-mexico-city-mexico-bd439c6.html
  14. ^ Paul McCartney Setlist at Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico on 5 November 2002, http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/2002/palacio-de-los-deportes-mexico-city-mexico-13d439c5.html
  15. ^ Paul McCartney Setlist at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan on 11 November 2002, http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/2002/tokyo-dome-tokyo-japan-63d54e63.html