We’ve been ridiculously excited here in the office as Paul and the band have been preparing to bring their ‘One On One’ tour to Australia and New Zealand this December! This will be the first time Paul has performed in either country since 1993’s ‘The New World Tour’.
Paul said of the announcement;
“We’ve been waiting to get back to Australia and New Zealand for years and now it’s finally happening. It is very exciting. I’m really looking forward to the concerts as we’ve always had such a brilliant time whenever we’ve been before so we know we are in for a treat. Can’t wait to see you and all rock out together.”
This brings us nicely to a question from Charles in the UK, who got in touch to ask Paul:
“Do you have any favourite memories from visiting Australia and New Zealand on previous tours?”
We managed to catch up with Paul before he headed off down under!
“Thanks for your question, Charles. Yes! The welcome we got in Australia was crazy! Crazy good! People were lining the streets and it was really special. We really liked it a lot and were very pleased to get such a great reception. A funny memory was that we were always giving the thumbs up sign to everyone, you know, meaning ‘Great, thanks, good luck’. And then someone said, ‘No actually that’s a rude sign in Australia’. I’m still not sure to this day if it’s true, but I think it meant something like ‘the finger’ in America. And there was another crazy incident where one of the fans climbed up the outside of our hotel to get to our suite. That was pretty crazy and pretty dangerous and don’t do this at home! But yeah it was a great trip. And in New Zealand rubbing noses with the Maoris had to be a little high spot.”
PaulMcCartney.com: Was it just you and the guys [The Beatles] who went up and did that for the day?
PM: Yeah, there was a little ceremony where the Maoris were giving us a presentation and they were doing the dance and all the stuff. It was just nice to meet some real Maoris and then you know they said they’d like to greet you, and you do the nose, which was cool!