Paul McCartney touches down in Kansai International Airport in Osaka ahead of his first Japanese concerts in over a decade. Accompanied by wife Nancy, the pair were mobbed by hundreds of fans waiting to greet the rocker at the arrival gate.
The pair were adorned in custom kimonos sporting the logo of Macca’s latest album New (review here), and as they passed through the gates the usually reserved people of Japan were in a frenzy, sending the entire terminal into chaos. Held back by barriers, local police, airport security and Paul’s own personal security, Macca took the time to wave, shake hands and pose for photographs before being whisked away.
The crew arrived in the country weeks ago to begin preparations for the shows, while the band flew in earlier in the week. These five concerts are part of the much larger Out There tour, which kicked on in South America in May.
Macca last played Japan in 2002 as part of his Driving World tour playing five concerts between November 11th and 18th. Prior to that he had tried to tour Japan with Wings in 1980, however he was caught with 8oz of marijuana in his luggage. He was arrested and detained for 9 days and the tour was cancelled.
Paul McCartney’s Out There tour dates (Japanese leg)
11/11/13 – Kyocera Dome, Osaka
12/11/13 – Kyocera Dome, Osaka
15/11/13 – Yafuoka Dome, Fukuoka
18/11/13 – Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
19/11/13 – Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
21/11/13 – Tokyo Dome, Tokyo