Paul McCartney plans Euro tour in Dec.

Kicks off in Hamburg, Germany, and ends in London

LONDON -- Paul McCartney will return to Hamburg, where the Beatles honed their craft, to launch his first European tour in five years.

McCartney said Thursday that he will play the German city on Dec. 2 to kick off the "Good Evening Europe" tour.

The Beatle also plans shows in Berlin, the Dutch city of Arnhem, Paris, Cologne and Dublin. The seven-date tour ends at London's O2 Arena on Dec. 22.

The tour follows a string of North American dates earlier this year. McCartney plans to release a live album from the U.S. tour, "Good Evening New York City."