Paul McCartney; Citizens Bank Park Philadelphia 7/12/16

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Paul McCartney; Citizens Bank Park Philadelphia 7/12/16

Postby jimmy19029 » Fri Jul 15, 2016 5:52 am

Since I last saw Sir Paul in 2002, he's been touring quite frequently...including several more Philly stops over the last decade or so. And it was the recent addition (for the very first time!) of Wings' "Nineteen Hundred Eighty Five" that cinched it for me. Had to catch him again on this go round. Highlights this year also included 1975's "Letting Go", The Beatles "I've Got a Feeling" , 1972's "Hi, Hi, Hi" and the Sgt Pepper deep cut "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!".

On a sad note, it was the very first McCartney concert I attended without Ed, my friend and fellow MAC fanatic. It turned out to be a beautiful summer night, once the humidity died down and the breezes kicked up in the 300 level where we were perched. And the PRICE of the tickets? TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS EACH! I haven't seen this price in EONS and you can't even get this for a theater or club show anymore.....It also took away some of the pain of having to ante up $25 to park! I'm hoping this is a trend going forward......

Here and there I notice Paul's voice is showing a bit of strain on some of the songs...particularly on stuff like "Maybe I'm Amazed" and the Beatles things, like "Can't Buy Me Love". But I certainly cut the man some slack. He's 74, singing songs he sang in his 20s...in their ORIGINAL KEYS...and onstage for 2 hours and forty minutes every night with no breaks and lead singing everything!

Even his newer things, like "My Valentine" (written for his current wife) "Save Us" and "New" are quite good and it was interesting to hear the very first song, "In Spite of All the Danger", he wrote with George Harrison and recorded with George & John in The Quarrymen in 1958 . And he also emerged with a ukulele to tell us of he and George playing their ukuleles together on an early version of one of George's songs "Something" that segued right into that particular song for a moving tribute to Mr. Harrison.

Another moving tribute was his imploring us to "tell the person you love how you feel...before it's too late.." He then sang his John tribute, "Here Today"....which contained a conversation he WISHED he'd had with him before John was killed.

And the effects/graphics people did a nice job on the big screens before the show started of having a sort of spinning cylinder of pics of Paul's history, with Beatles songs, Paul songs and some of the better covers of Beatles songs playing over top. And the very same screens acted as usual to enlarge Paul & the guys so that it felt more like an intimate club experience. And Paul's bringing up the fans with signs onto the stage certainly helped for the intimate feel...including a guy proposing to his girlfriend....a current common sight at baseball stadiums today.....

And I always adore the timed fireworks on "Live & Let Die".

YES, ANOTHER GREAT NIGHT OUT WITH MACCA!!!!


A Hard Day's Night
Save Us
Can't Buy Me Love
Letting Go
Temporary Secretary
Let Me Roll It
Foxy Lady outro
I've Got a Feeling
My Valentine
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
Here, There and Everywhere
Maybe I'm Amazed
We Can Work It Out
In Spite of All the Danger
You Won't See Me
Love Me Do
And I Love Her
Blackbird
Here Today
Queenie Eye
New
The Fool on the Hill
Lady Madonna
FourFiveSeconds
Eleanor Rigby
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
Something
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Band on the Run
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Let It Be
Live and Let Die (Pyro & Fireworks)
Hey Jude

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Yesterday
Hi, Hi, Hi
Sign People Onstage with Paul
Birthday > Band Intros
Golden Slumbers > Carry That Weight > The End


Paul McCartney - bass, guitar, vocals
Brian Ray - guitar, vocals
Rusty Anderson - guitar, bass, vocals
Abe Laboriel Jr. - drums, vocals
Wix Wickens - keys, synths, harmonica, vocals
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