Paul McCartney: 7/28/2010

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This was the second time that I went to see Sir Paul McCartney in concert, but it holds a special place in my heart because I went with my two daughters, who are both Beatles fans (I raised them well). I had seen McCartney 20 years before (I think there is a song reference here), but was particularly excited about this show because it was indoors as opposed to a big stadium show. My friend Bob was also taking his two daughters, so we all piled into his van and made the journey to Charlotte for the show.

We got there with time to get dinner, so we went for pizza. The streets were teeming with McCartney fans, which was very cool. There was a real sense that we were all part of something big.

After entering the arena, we had to split up, since we did not all have seats together. My daughters and I had seats in the upper deck on the side of the stage, which was cool because we looked right down on Paul and when he played piano, he was facing right at us. We missed some of the video stuff, but that was not a big deal for me.

Paul opened the show with Venus and Mars > Rock Show > Jet. I was floored right off the bat. Not what I would have expected, but Rock Show is one of my favorite Wings songs. The rest of the concert was heavy on the Beatles stuff, with a good dose of Wings and McCartney solo material. What was really cool, though, was that he played some George and John stuff, which was totally a surprise for me. It was like he was acknowledging the influence his former bandmates had on his musical career. I found it to be very moving.

Watching my kids dance and sing along to these songs made me happier than I can really express. My mom was a huge Beatles fan and actually went to school with Ringo in Liverpool. So watching my kids at this concert, it was like the music formed a bridge connecting generations. Music is like that. It transcends.

Paul played a marathon concert. I was really impressed with how long he played and the energy he had. There were so many high points, it would be impossible to cover them all. In addition to the opening, definitely “I’ve Got a Feeling,” “A Day in the Life,” and “Helter Skelter” were probably the top moments for me. But again, it was all great. There was nothing about this concert that was anything less than fab.

Here is the setlist. Let’s all hope that Paul keeps on rollin’ for years to come. He has been part of the soundtrack of my life and I would like to keep him around as long as possible.


Setlist:

  • Venus and Mars
  • Rock Show
  • Jet
  • All My Loving
  • Letting Go
  • Drive My Car
  • Highway
  • Let Me Roll It (With Foxy Lady Snippet)
  • The Long and Winding Road
  • Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
  • Let ‘Em In
  • My Love
  • I’ve Just Seen a Face
  • And I Love Her
  • Blackbird
  • Here Today
  • Dance Tonight
  • Mrs. Vandebilt
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • Ram On
  • Something
  • Sing the Changes
  • Band on the Run
  • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  • Back in the U.S.S.R.
  • I’ve Got a Feeling
  • Paperback Writer
  • A Day in the Life (With Give Peace A Chance Snippet)
  • Let It Be
  • Live and Let Die
  • Hey Jude

Encore:

  • Day Tripper
  • Lady Madonna
  • Get Back

Encore 2:

  • Yesterday
  • Helter Skelter
  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
  • The End
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4 thoughts on “Paul McCartney: 7/28/2010

  1. It never occurred to me he would play so much Beatles stuff. I’ve been avoiding his “new” music since 1973, having sampled one 2003 DC and regretting it, but this sounds like real incentive to go. Thanks for posting this!

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    • Yeah, he is not afraid to play the Beatles stuff. If you get a chance to see him, I highly recommend it. He puts on an amazing show, and always has top-notch musicians backing him up.

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  2. I saw him at Carter Finley Stadium in 1990. I got the same feeling from the crowd that you did. We were all part of something special. My most vivid memory was the performance of Fool on the Hill. Still gives me goosebumps. I found the set list online:
    Figure of Eight
    Jet
    Got to Get You Into My Life
    Rough Ride
    Band on the Run
    Birthday
    We Got Married
    Let ‘Em In
    The Long and Winding Road
    The Fool on the Hill
    Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
    Good Day Sunshine
    Can’t Buy Me Love
    Put It There
    Things We Said Today
    Eleanor Rigby
    This One
    My Brave Face
    Back in the U.S.S.R.
    I Saw Her Standing There
    Coming Up
    Let It Be
    John Lennon Tribute Medley:
    Strawberry Fields Forever
    Help!
    Give Peace a Chance
    Live and Let Die
    Hey Jude
    Yesterday
    Get Back
    Golden Slumbers
    Carry That Weight
    The End

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