The New World Tour

From Feb 18, 1993 to Dec 16, 1993 • By Paul McCartney

First date:
Feb 18, 1993
Last date:
Dec 16, 1993
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From Wikipedia:

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 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. […]


Inspired by the success of his ‘comeback’ tour, which played to 2,843,297 people in 1989-90, Paul McCartney took to the road again on 5th March 1993 in Perth, Australia. The band – Paul and Linda, Robbie McIntosh, Hamish Stuart, Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens and newcomer Blair Cunningham – set off for the year-long trek after they’d completed the album Off The Ground. They toured through the summer of 1993, with an itinerary that included Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Austria, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and the United Kingdom. “Although it seems incredible now, a few years ago I was talking with my manager about preparing a retirement-at-50 plan,” Paul laughed at the time. “A couple more records, a farewell tour, but now look at me. These days I’m talking about the next few albums, the next few tours.” The tour was commemorated with the live album, Paul Is Live, released the same year.

Paul by Linda from ‘The New World Tour’ programme
From Twitter – Paul performing during ‘The New World Tour’
From B24198 – Paul McCartney 1993 New World Tour Press Kit (UK) – Tracks – A press kit for the European leg of Paul McCartney’s 1993 World Tour. It contains two black and white 20.5 x 25.5 cm (8 x 10 inch) photographs and thirteen pages of information about the tour. All of it is housed in a colour gatefold sleeve featuring an image of Paul McCartney live on stage. The sleeve measures 22 x 30.5 cm (8.75 x 12.25 inches). The condition of the inserts and the sleeve is near mint.

Last updated on March 16, 2022

78 concerts • 19 countries

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