The New World Tour

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The New World Tour
Tour by Paul McCartney
The New World Tour.jpg
Associated albumOff the Ground
Start date18 February 1993
End date16 December 1993
No. of shows77
Paul McCartney concert chronology

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. The tour incorporated painted stage sets (at the time the world's largest, measuring 16,400 square feet), projections, and promotional material designed by a regular McCartney collaborator, the artist Brian Clarke.

The 1993 World Tour was Paul's last tour for nine years, after his wife and band member Linda McCartney was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995, as well as Linda's last tour during her lifetime, before she died in 1998 at the age of 56.


The tour was intended to promote McCartney's ninth studio 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 the live album Paul Is Live, consisting of material taken from The New World Tour. However, 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 second times Paul McCartney toured Australia and New Zealand, respectively. A proposed further tour to Australia in 2002 was cancelled after the Bali Bombings. His next visit to Australia and New Zealand finally occurred for the first time in over twenty-four years on the One on One tour in 2017. 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.

The designs for the New World Tour stage sets by Brian Clarke, executed as oil on rolled canvas and at the time the largest stage sets in history.[1]
Projections designed by Clarke as part of the New World Tour stage sets, a collage of the history of stained glass, which were projected during the song 'Let It Be'.[2]

Tour band[edit]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Tickets sold / Available Revenue
18 February 1993 Milan Italy Forum di Assago
19 February 1993
22 February 1993 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle
23 February 1993
5 March 1993 Perth Australia Subiaco Oval
9 March 1993 Melbourne Melbourne Cricket Ground
10 March 1993
13 March 1993 Adelaide Adelaide Oval
16 March 1993 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre 27,880 / 30,000 $1,150,443
17 March 1993
20 March 1993
22 March 1993 Parramatta Stadium
23 March 1993
27 March 1993 Auckland New Zealand Western Springs Stadium
North America
14 April 1993 Whitney United States Sam Boyd Silver Bowl 30,850 / 30,850 $1,002,625
17 April 1993 Anaheim Anaheim Stadium 48,560 / 48,560 $1,698,410
20 April 1993 Las Cruces Aggie Memorial Stadium 30,058 / 30,058 $1,002,625
22 April 1993 Houston Astrodome 38,728 / 38,728 $1,258,660
24 April 1993 New Orleans Louisiana Superdome 38,971 / 41,211 $843,850
27 April 1993 Memphis Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium 42,003 / 42,003 $1,013,364
29 April 1993 St. Louis Busch Stadium 43,866 / 43,866 $1,202,468
1 May 1993 Atlanta Georgia Dome 46,352 / 46,352 $1,301,820
5 May 1993 Cincinnati Riverfront Stadium 38,000 / 40,000 $1,156,513
7 May 1993 Columbia Williams-Brice Stadium 37,646 / 39,662 $858,089
9 May 1993 Orlando Citrus Bowl 42,614 / 42,614 $1,163,061
21 May 1993 Winnipeg Canada Winnipeg Stadium 37,430 / 45,095 $1,038,964
23 May 1993 Minneapolis United States Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 40,287 / 40,287 $1,187,680
26 May 1993 Boulder Folsom Field 37,245 / 39,137 $1,210,463
29 May 1993 San Antonio Alamodome 46,716 / 46,716 $1,513,200
31 May 1993 Kansas City Arrowhead Stadium 42,934 / 42,934 $1,132,576
2 June 1993 Milwaukee Milwaukee County Stadium 47,013 / 47,013 $1,527,923
4 June 1993 Pontiac Pontiac Silverdome 49,378 / 49,378 $1,291,778
6 June 1993 Toronto Canada CNE Stadium 32,442 / 40,000 $922,200
11 June 1993 East Rutherford United States Giants Stadium 53,013 / 53,013 $1,722,923
13 June 1993 Philadelphia Veterans Stadium 45,711 / 45,711 $1,288,394
15 June 1993 Charlotte Blockbuster Pavilion
Europe (second leg)
3 September 1993 Berlin Germany Waldbühne
5 September 1993 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
6 September 1993
9 September 1993 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
11 September 1993 London England Earls Court
14 September 1993
15 September 1993
18 September 1993 Dortmund Germany Westfalenhalle
19 September 1993
21 September 1993
23 September 1993 Stuttgart Hanns-Martin Schleyerhalle
25 September 1993 Gothenburg Sweden Scandinavium
27 September 1993 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
28 September 1993
1 October 1993 Stockholm Sweden The Globe
3 October 1993 Mannheim Germany Maimarkthalle
5 October 1993 Stuttgart Hanns-Martin Schleyerhalle
6 October 1993 Frankfurt Festhalle
9 October 1993 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Sportpaleis
10 October 1993
13 October 1993 Paris France Palais Onmisports de Bercy
14 October 1993
17 October 1993 Ghent Belgium Flanders Expo
20 October 1993 Toulon France The Zenith
22 October 1993 Florence Italy Palasport
23 October 1993
26 October 1993 Barcelona Spain Palau Sant Jordi
27 October 1993
12 November 1993 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome
14 November 1993
15 November 1993
18 November 1993 Fukuoka Fukuoka Dome
19 November 1993
North America (second leg)
25 November 1993 Mexico City Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez 101,910 / 101,910 $6,564,416
27 November 1993
South America
3 December 1993 São Paulo Brazil Estádio do Pacaembu
5 December 1993 Curitiba Pedreira Paulo Leminski
10 December 1993 Buenos Aires Argentina Estadio River Plate
11 December 1993
12 December 1993
16 December 1993 Santiago Chile Estadio Nacional
TOTAL 285,952 / 297,973 (96%) $7,874,398

Set list[edit]

Parramatta Stadium,[5] Anaheim Stadium,[6] Aggie Memorial Stadium,[7] Wiener Stadthalle,[8] Earls Court,[9] Westfalenhalle II,[10] Scandinavium,[11] Festhalle,[12] Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez I,[13] Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez II,[14] Estádio do Pacaembu,[15] Estadio River Plate II[16]

Instruments played by band members[edit]

Songs Paul McCartney Stuart McIntosh Wix Cunningham Linda McCartney
"Drive My Car" Bass Electric guitar Electric guitar Keyboards Drums Tambourine
"Coming Up" Keyboards
"Looking for Changes" Tambourine
"Jet" or "Another Day" Electric guitar or Acoustic guitar Keyboards or Acoustic guitar Keyboards
"All My Loving" Acoustic guitar Acoustic guitar Tambourine
"Let Me Roll It" Electric guitar Bass Keyboards Keyboards
"Peace in the Neighbourhood"
"Off the Ground" Bell Stick
"Can't Buy Me Love" Keyboards
Robbie's Bit None None Acoustic guitar None None None
"Good Rockin' Tonight" Acoustic guitar Acoustic bass Accordion Drums Drum
"We Can Work It Out" Tambourine
"I Lost My Little Girl" or "And I Love Her" Maracas or Keyboards Shaker or Keyboards
"Ain't No Sunshine" or "Every Night" Drums or Acoustic guitar Keyboards Triangle or Drums Shaker or Tambourine
"Hope of Deliverance" Acoustic guitar Bass Acoustic guitar Drums Autoharp
"Michelle" Shaker/Accordion Maracas
"Biker Like an Icon" Electric guitar Accordion Keyboards
"Here, There and Everywhere" Acoustic guitar
"Yesterday" None None Keyboards None None
"My Love" Piano Bass Electric guitar Drums Keyboards
"Lady Madonna" Tambourine
"C'Mon People" Keyboards
"Magical Mystery Tour"
"Let It Be"
"Live and Let Die"
"The Long and Winding Road" (only in some cities)
"Paperback Writer" Bass Electric guitar
"Fixing a Hole" (only in some cities)
"Back in the U.S.S.R."
"Penny Lane"
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band/Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise)" Electric guitar Bass
"Band on the Run" Bass Electric guitar/Acoustic guitar
"I Saw Her Standing There" Electric guitar
"Hey Jude" Piano Bass Tambourine/Keyboards


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  2. ^ Cunningham, Mark (Summer 1994). "Brian Clarke: When Two Worlds Collide". Contemporary Art magazine. pp. 42–44.
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  4. ^ "Paul McCartney Setlist at Festhalle, Frankfurt".
  5. ^ "Paul McCartney Setlist at Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney".
  6. ^ "Paul McCartney Setlist at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim".
  7. ^ "Paul McCartney Setlist at Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces".
  8. ^ "Paul McCartney Setlist at Wiener Stadthalle – Halle D, Vienna".
  9. ^ "Paul McCartney Setlist at Earls Court, London".
  10. ^ "Paul McCartney Setlist at Westfalenhalle, Dortmund".
  11. ^ "Paul McCartney Setlist at Scandinavium, Gothenburg".
  12. ^ "Paul McCartney Setlist at Festhalle, Frankfurt".
  13. ^ "Paul McCartney Setlist at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City".
  14. ^ "Paul McCartney Setlist at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City".
  15. ^ "Paul McCartney Setlist at Estádio do Pacaembu, São Paulo".
  16. ^ "Paul McCartney Setlist at Estadio River Plate, Buenos Aires".
  17. ^ "Paul McCartney Setlist at Western Springs Stadium, Auckland".
  18. ^ "Paul McCartney Setlist at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati".
  19. ^ "Paul McCartney Setlist at Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando".
  20. ^ "Paul McCartney Setlist at Pedreira Paulo Leminski, Curitiba".
  21. ^ "Paul McCartney Setlist at Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac".
  22. ^ "Paul McCartney Setlist at Westfalenhalle 1, Dortmund".
  23. ^ "Paul McCartney Setlist at Ahoy, Rotterdam".
  24. ^ "Paul McCartney Setlist at Estadio Nacional, Santiago".