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 3
Shows
  • 53 in North America
  • 5 in Asia
  • 58 Total
Box office US $125.9 million ($165.08 in 2014 dollars)[1]
Paul McCartney concert chronology
The New World Tour
(1993)
Driving World Tour
(2002)
Back in the World tour
(2003)

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.[2] 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.

Background[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.[3][4]

The Driving Mexico leg of the tour was McCartney's first series of concerts in Mexico during the 21st century.[3][4]

Setlists[edit]

Shows[edit]

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, tickets sold, amount of available tickets and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue Attendance Revenue
Leg 1 — North America[17]
April 1, 2002 Oakland United States The Arena in Oakland 14,401 / 18,503 $1,725,754
April 3, 2002 San Jose HP Pavilion 14,330 / 18,113 $1,672,915
April 5, 2002 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena 23,341 / 24,712 $5,591,700
April 6, 2002
April 10, 2002 Chicago United Center 32,178 / 32,178 $4,066,030
April 11, 2002
April 13, 2002 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre 16,169 / 16,169 $1,346,594
April 16, 2002 Philadelphia United States First Union Center 15,536 / 15,536 $1,868,760
April 17, 2002 East Rutherford Continental Airlines Arena 16,740 / 16,740 $1,961,431
April 19, 2002 Boston Fleet Center 14,607 / 14,607 $1,952,755
April 21, 2002 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 14,248 / 14,248 $1,836,490
April 23, 2002 Washington, D.C. MCI Center 29,946 / 29,946 $3,810,367
April 24, 2002
April 26, 2002 New York City Madison Square Garden 31,402 / 31,402 $4,050,500
April 27, 2002
April 29, 2002 Cleveland Gund Arena 17,564 / 17,564 $2,146,615
May 1, 2002 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills 17,356 / 17,356 $1,938,315
May 4, 2002 Los Angeles Staples Center 15,805 / 15,805 $2,148,387
May 5, 2002 Anaheim Arrowhead Pond 13,739 / 13,739 $1,780,035
May 7, 2002 Denver Pepsi Center 14,700 / 14,700 $1,762,935
May 9, 2002 Dallas Reunion Arena 30,009 / 30,009 $4,071,970
May 10, 2002
May 12, 2002 Atlanta Philips Arena 28,810 / 28,810 $3,476,918
May 13, 2002
May 15, 2002 Tampa, Florida Ice Palace 16,128 / 16,128 $1,979,845
May 17, 2002 Sunrise National Car Rental Center 29,321 / 29,321 $3,752,002
May 18, 2002
Leg 2 — North America[18][19]
September 21, 2002 Milwaukee United States Bradley Center 16,584 / 17,082 $1,985,585
September 23, 2002 St. Paul Xcel Energy Center 15,797 / 15,797 $2,183,430
September 24, 2002 Chicago United Center 16,154 / 16,154 2,199,100
September 27, 2002 Hartford Hartford Civic Center 13,638 / 13,638 $1,920,240
September 28, 2002 Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall 12,752 / 12,752 $2,258,000
September 30, 2002 Boston Fleet Center 29,097 / 29,097 $4,050,530
October 1, 2002
October 4, 2002 Cleveland Gund Arena 15,752 / 17,500 $2,014,460
October 5, 2002 Indianapolis Conseco Fieldhouse 15,121 / 15,121 $1,845,410
October 7, 2002 Raleigh RBC Center 13,916 / 13,916 $1,686,275
October 9, 2002 St. Louis Savvis Center 14,878 / 14,878 $1,791,485
October 10, 2002 Columbus Schottenstein Center 15,124 / 15,124 $2,132,005
October 12, 2002 New Orleans New Orleans Arena 12,906 / 12,906 $1,509,715
October 13, 2002 Houston Compaq Center 12,440 / 12,440 $1,758,235
October 15, 2002 Oklahoma City Ford Center 14,847 / 14,847 $1,956,090
October 18, 2002 Portland Rose Garden 15,576 / 15,576 $1,847,150
October 19, 2002 Tacoma Tacoma Dome 17,648 / 17,648 $2,325,855
October 21, 2002 Sacramento ARCO Arena 13,737 / 13,737 $1,714,148
October 22, 2002 San Jose HP Pavilion 14,220 / 14,220 $1,892,330
October 25, 2002 Anaheim Arrowhead Pond 13,588 / 16,192 $1,795,675
October 26, 2002 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena 12,654 / 12,654 $2,517,900
October 28, 2002 Los Angeles Staples Center 15,866 / 16,143 $2,194,319
October 29, 2002 Phoenix America West Arena 14,878 / 15,125 $1,967,187
November 2, 2002 Mexico City Mexico Palacio de los Deportes 52,451 / 52,451 $4,787,211
November 3, 2002
November 5, 2002
Leg 3 — Asia[19]
November 11, 2002 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome 120,429 / 121,419 $14,406,218
November 13, 2002
November 14, 2002
November 17, 2002 Osaka Osaka Dome 80,284 / 80,944 $8,208,891
November 18, 2002
Total 996,667 / 1,012,947 (98%) $125,887,762

Tour band[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ Paul McCartney: File Under...Concerts | EW.com
  3. ^ a b "Back In The US Tour reports". 
  4. ^ a b "Back In The US Tour dates". 
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ 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
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ 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
  13. ^ 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
  14. ^ 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
  15. ^ 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
  16. ^ 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
  17. ^ Box score:
  18. ^ Box score:
  19. ^ a b "Billboard Boxscore — Concert Grosses". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 114 (49): 36. December 7, 2002. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved June 1, 2014.