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‘The Planet’s Greatest Living Songwriter’: Why Paul McCartney’s Australian Tour Matters

Paul McCartney has curated a near-three-hour setlist – pulling out all the stops to create a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience for fans young and old

Paul McCartney


The one and only Paul McCartney is bringing his Got Back’ tour Down Under this October and November for a run of shows across the east coast. ‘Got Back’ is Sir Paul’s first Australian tour in six years, and will visit Adelaide, Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Tickets are on sale now.

‘Got Back’ kicked off more than a year ago, after the global COVID restrictions thawed out. Since then, McCartney has performed in North America and the UK – including an historic set at Glastonbury 2022 that The Times described as the “best gig ever.”

In fact, every show of the tour thus far has garnered a constellation of five-star reviews. From praise of McCartney as both the “planet’s greatest living songwriter” (The Independent) and “greatest living cultural figure” (The i Newspaper), to reverence for how flawlessly the 81-year-old can still perform.

“As much as McCartney made history with The Beatles, he’s making history again,” wrote Variety of Sir Paul’s epic appearance in front of 60,000 elated fans. “You haven’t heard a singalong until you’ve heard 200,000 voices doing the na na nas on “Hey Jude”,” observed the Daily Telegraph.

Personally selecting over 30 of his favourite songs from the extensive back catalogue of Wings, solo records, and (of course) The Beatles; McCartney has curated a near-three-hour setlist – pulling out all the stops to create a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience for fans young and old. 

Helping Macca preach the good word to the masses is his scorching (and longest-standing) band lineup of guitarist Rusty Anderson, bassist/guitarist Brian Ray, ivory tickler Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens, drummer Abe Laboriel Jr., and brass trio Hot City Horns. 

The old joke is that if you can remember the ’60s, you weren’t there. Brilliantly, McCartney says his memories of The Beatles’ first visit to Australia in 1964 are ‘a bit of a blur.’ Back then, the Fab Four kicked off in Adelaide, where 350,000 people lined the streets just to catch a glimpse of them.

The ‘Got Back’ tour also starts in the City of Churches (McCartney’s first time playing there in 30 years) but, by his own request, the show will be at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, where the band can enjoy a more intimate performance in addition to the larger stadium shows of the tour.

“It feels like a good way to start in Australia,” says the ever-positive McCartney. “I always tell my promoter that if he can, he could stick in a couple of those gigs because we really enjoy them. So yeah, it’s going to be fun!

“I really like playing places I haven’t played recently because it kind of adds to the excitement for me. And I think for the audience too – makes it a little bit more special. So I’m really looking forward to getting back there,” he adds.

But no one is more looking forward to McCartney getting back (no pun intended) than Australian fans. The past few years have been a huge lead up to the ‘Got Back’ tour, with the release of McCartney III (his 18th solo album) and then Peter Jackson’s epic documentary series The Beatles: Get Back

The icing on the cake; the ‘Got Back’ tour is a way for Australian fans to witness one of the truest legends in music history, and hear all of his classic songs live and loud. Featuring state of the art audio and video, these shows promise an unforgettable experience from every seat in the house. 

Act now to snap up the remaining tickets, because this will undoubtedly be the most talked-about rock show for years to come!

Paul McCartney 2023 Australian Tour

Ticket information via Frontier Touring

Wednesday 18 October
Adelaide Entertainment Centre | Adelaide, SA
Lic. All Ages

Saturday 21 October
Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, VIC
Lic. All Ages

Tuesday 24 October
McDonald Jones Stadium | Newcastle, NSW
Lic. All Ages

Friday 27 October
Allianz Stadium | Sydney, NSW
Lic. All Ages

Saturday, 28 October
Allianz Stadium | Sydney, NSW
Lic. All Ages

Wednesday 1 November
Suncorp Stadium | Brisbane, QLD
Lic. All Ages

Saturday 4 November
Heritage Bank Stadium | Gold Coast, QLD
Lic. All Ages