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Paul McCartney 'fancies' O2 concert residency

Paul McCartney
McCartney is at the end of his short European tour

Sir Paul McCartney has hinted that he would like to play a residency the O2 Arena, in London.

The former Beatle, who is due to perform at the venue on Tuesday, told Absolute Radio that he "quite fancied the idea" of an extended run of shows.

He said: "Last time I ever did that was when The Beatles used to do Christmas shows, and it was brilliant because... you would be there for a week or two.

"It was fantastic, just dossing in your overcoat and everything."

Prince and Britney Spears have previously played residencies at the O2 Arena, while Bon Jovi will start their residency in June next year.

Michael Jackson was just days from the start of his planned 50-date run when he died in June.

UK plans

Sir Paul kicked off his European tour earlier this month in Hamburg, followed by dates in Berlin, Arnhem, Paris, Cologne and Dublin, with the tour ending in London on Tuesday.

It is the singer's only UK date this year, but he said he had originally hoped to play more venues.

"I came back from America and a lot of people said, 'Oh, I hear you've been to America, are you doing any British dates?' I said, 'No', and they said, 'Oh, why not?'," he told drivetime DJ Geoff Lloyd.

"So I rung my promoter and said, 'Hey, can we do some English dates and can we play maybe Scotland?'

"He had a brilliant idea of the Union Jack Tour, it was going to be Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, but he couldn't get the availability at such short notice."

Sir Paul's tour started three weeks after the release of his Good Evening New York City album, which features music from McCartney's three concerts at New York's Citi Field, in July.

He also appeared on ITV1's X Factor final performing hits Baby You Can Drive My Car and Live and Let Die, earlier this month, and at a charity concert for Children in Need at London's Royal Albert Hall, in November.



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