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Back in the U.S.

Paul McCartney

℗ 2002 Capitol Records CDP 7 42318 / EMI Records

Paul McCartney  2002  Back in the U.S.

Back in the U.S. (subtitled Live 2002) is a double live album by Paul McCartney composed of highlights from his Spring 2002 Driving USA Tour in the United States in support of McCartney's 2001 release Driving Rain. It was released with an accompanying DVD to commemorate his first set of concerts in almost ten years.

Using most of the musicians that appeared on Driving Rain, McCartney assembled a new live act composed of Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray on guitar, Abe Laboriel Jr. on drums and keyboardist Paul Wickens, who had been on McCartney's last two tours in 1989-1990 and 1993. As of 2008, those 4 are still with McCartney's live act.

Although McCartney was promoting Driving Rain, the majority of his shows would be celebrations of his past, with a substantial sampling of McCartney's solo work with and without Wings, but in particular his Beatles hits. And it was with the release of those particular songs on Back in the U.S. that sparked one of McCartney's biggest controversies in ages. Despite keeping the famous Lennon/McCartney credit intact on Tripping the Live Fantastic, Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) and Paul is Live, McCartney decided to reverse the credits to "Paul McCartney and John Lennon" much to Yoko Ono's public outcry. Reportedly, McCartney decided to act in response to Ono's recent dropping of his credit from "Give Peace A Chance" on Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon in 1997. While there continues to be division among critics and fans over McCartney's move, it is worth noting that John Lennon never publicly objected to the original credit reversal that appeared on 1976's Wings over America, four years before Lennon's death.

Back in the U.S. was an exclusive North American and Japanese release (an international edition with a slight track listing change, entitled Back in the World, was released a few months later). Although it was McCartney's sixth live album, Back in the U.S. did extremely well, entering the U.S. charts at #8 with his biggest ever first week sales and going double platinum. Its tie-in DVD proved to be a large seller as well.