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Is Paul becoming his own tribute band?
22 September 2013
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I don't think so because his performances for the Queen's Jubilee and the Olympics last year were kind of weak, yet he has been selling out concerts this year.  

22 September 2013
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acmac said
Good discussion. I think his performance at the iHeartRadio festival tonight sheds some light on this question. Since this was a young audience who aren't necessarily Paul fans, I was expecting him to totally stick to Beatles hits, since those are most likely to be familiar to everyone. Instead, in an 8 song set, he played 2 Beatles, 1 Wings, and 5 solo (3 from the New album) songs. That suggests to me that the "these people have paid money to see a Beatle" idea is a huge consideration for his usual setlist. But this concert was already sold out before he was even announced as a performer, so I guess he felt he could do whatever he wanted without "letting down" anybody.

Thanks for the report.  That is interesting – and I'm thinking that perhaps he felt that a younger audience would be more used to an artist taking his latest work out on the road supported with a sprinkling of older stuff.  The folks who complain about set lists are often the "I've been a fan for years and the artist should play what I want to hear" types (apologies for over-simplifying).

Anyway, glad to see he can still mix it up and is not TOO caught up in nostalgia – that set sounds great.

 

22 September 2013
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I hate to pop anyone's bubbles, but I would suggest the iHeartRadio appearance, just as the upcoming BBC performance will be, was a promotional for the New album. Rather than him mixing things up because the situation allowed, the purpose was always to plug the album.

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22 September 2013
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mja6758 said
I hate to pop anyone's bubbles, but I would suggest the iHeartRadio appearance, just as the upcoming BBC performance will be, was a promotional for the New album. Rather than him mixing things up because the situation allowed, the purpose was always to plug the album.

Ha ha – my bubble remains un-popped :)

At least that list opens up the possibility that alternate and more varied set lists might continue to show up again from time to time – even if only for special occasions.

 

22 September 2013
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mja6758 said
I hate to pop anyone's bubbles, but I would suggest the iHeartRadio appearance, just as the upcoming BBC performance will be, was a promotional for the New album. Rather than him mixing things up because the situation allowed, the purpose was always to plug the album.

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mja6758 said
I hate to pop anyone's bubbles, but I would suggest the iHeartRadio appearance, just as the upcoming BBC performance will be, was a promotional for the New album. Rather than him mixing things up because the situation allowed, the purpose was always to plug the album.

Actually, that's o.k. by me. The world needs to know that he can still pour on the awesome sauce!

22 September 2013
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mja6758 said
I hate to pop anyone's bubbles, but I would suggest the iHeartRadio appearance, just as the upcoming BBC performance will be, was a promotional for the New album. Rather than him mixing things up because the situation allowed, the purpose was always to plug the album.

Well, of course the purpose was to plug the album. But he still could have couched the New songs in Beatles hits. You could take the New songs out of the setlist completely and still be left with more post-Beatles than Beatles songs. That's unprecedented, and so yeah, I think it suggests he felt more comfortable "mixing things up because the situation allowed." Not only because of the audience, but because it was a short set and he was the opening act. If he'd been slated in the middle or as the finale, he might have felt obligated to haul out the bigger Beatle-shaped guns.

ETA: We'll see what he does for the Kimmel performance. It's free, and will be short (I think?), but then again he's the exclusive draw.

22 September 2013
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See I think he constructed a set to do the job. Any more Beatles songs than the two he did, he risked completely overshadowing the New material. An eight song set to promote the album, the mix was – more or less – what I would have predicted.

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22 September 2013
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parlance said

Or perhaps Paul could do something like Steely Dan where one night he performs an entire album such as Ram and the next night the hits.

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That would be amazing!  I would so pay to see that!  heart

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22 September 2013
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It would have been interesting to see what John would have played in concert nowadays if he was with us. Would he have pleased the fans and played the Beatles oldies to please the crowd or done as he wanted? Certainly he was looking to play some of the Beatles hits in '81.

George wore his Beatles shirt when he toured Japan as well as at the Albert Hall show and Ringo knows he has to throw in Yellow Submarine, With A Little Help and a few others.

It would be amazing a Paul 'New and Rare' set of intimate shows where it was made clear that it wasn't about the big Beatles and solo hits. It would give so many such a buzz to be in attendance – and maybe Paul a wee bit of extra warmth and appreciation knowing folks weren't there just for Hey Jude, Yesterday, I Saw Here Standing There and the like. Maybe that should be the one question we should ask Paul.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8I would travel to anywhere in the U.S. and spend a few nights to go to one of those concerts.

22 September 2013
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mja6758 said
See I think he constructed a set to do the job. Any more Beatles songs than the two he did, he risked completely overshadowing the New material.

That's a good point, though of course he's promoted new albums before without inverting his usual Beatles/solo ratio. Maybe we're both right, and the strategy from the get-go was "piggyback on some other big event so I can omit big Beatles in favor of showcasing New without disappointing."

22 September 2013
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acmac said

mja6758 said
See I think he constructed a set to do the job. Any more Beatles songs than the two he did, he risked completely overshadowing the New material.

That's a good point, though of course he's promoted new albums before without inverting his usual Beatles/solo ratio. Maybe we're both right, and the strategy from the get-go was "piggyback on some other big event so I can omit big Beatles in favor of showcasing New without disappointing."

I can agree with you about what he's done before, but I have the feeling Paul thinks this is a strong album from everything I've heard from him. It's easy to bury the promotion of an album that you think is just ok beneath yesterday, but if you believe, that's the last thing you want to do.

 

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23 September 2013
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meanmistermustard said

It would be amazing a Paul 'New and Rare' set of intimate shows where it was made clear that it wasn't about the big Beatles and solo hits. It would give so many such a buzz to be in attendance – and maybe Paul a wee bit of extra warmth and appreciation knowing folks weren't there just for Hey Jude, Yesterday, I Saw Here Standing There and the like. Maybe that should be the one question we should ask Paul.

It kind of sounds like that's what he might be doing with the BBC6 show… which you might get to see for yourself! :->

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The thing is, if Paul holds true to the form of the past decade+, the full-blown tour to support the new album will only have 3-5 songs played mixed in with all of the Beatles and Wings stuff.

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23 September 2013
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DrBeatle said
The thing is, if Paul holds true to the form of the past decade+, the full-blown tour to support the new album will only have 3-5 songs played mixed in with all of the Beatles and Wings stuff.

I think so as well.  Last night I watched the DVD of the New York show that prompted my original post, and Paul really seems to be enjoying the Beatles songs more than some of the others.  I get the feeling this is his way of connecting to John and George, plus perform a bunch of songs live that he really wanted to do back in 1968-69, but his mates didn't really want to.

However, it was encouraging to see how well the crowd received some of the solo songs, particularly the 2nd Fireman song he did.

 

23 September 2013
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trcanberra said

I think so as well.  Last night I watched the DVD of the New York show that prompted my original post, and Paul really seems to be enjoying the Beatles songs more than some of the others.  I get the feeling this is his way of connecting to John and George, plus perform a bunch of songs live that he really wanted to do back in 1968-69, but his mates didn't really want to.

However, it was encouraging to see how well the crowd received some of the solo songs, particularly the 2nd Fireman song he did.

 

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