Paul McCartney live: PalaTrussardi, Milan

Paul McCartney performed at the PalaTrussardi in Milan, Italy, on 27 October 1989.

It was the 19th date of the Paul McCartney World Tour, which lasted for 102 dates across 14 countries between September 1989 and July 1990, and the second of two consecutive nights in Milan.

I remember Milan was what we called a designer audience. Everyone in town seems to be a clothes designer, all these guys who are about my age, but rich and famous in their field so they have a kind of detachment.

For us, there’s a couple of numbers, ‘Let It Be’ or ‘The Long And Winding Road’, where you get used to the audience holding up lighters, it’s lovely, you just feel ‘I reached them’. But the designer audience, they don’t smoke so, naturally, they don’t have lighters. Which makes it look as if the guys in suits don’t like ‘Let It Be’. It isn’t true, of course, but on stage you’re wrestling with all these feelings about what’s going on. I got a bit thrown by all that early in the show. Anyway we figured the promoter was expecting a few free suits out of that night.

Normally, we make sure the ‘special guests’ get seats by the mixing desk so that the kids can come up the front. I’ll never forget in Barcelona with The Beatles when we played the Plaza De Toros and all our audience was outside — they couldn’t afford to get in and the Lord Mayor, the councillors and every bullfighter in town, the nobs, were all in there. We only met our audience in the tunnel the bus went through to get into the gig.

But, of course, when you’re my age, a lot of the fans are nobs, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I have to change my mind-set. I mean, when I go to a Prince concert I suppose I look like a nob. I’ll have a reasonable suit on, I won’t be dancing and shouting, I’m sat there appreciating it, a bit embarrassed cos everybody else is dancing, and I feel like telling everyone around me, No, really, I’m into it, don’t worry. But maybe Prince is looking down thinking, That bastard McCartney doesn’t think much of it then.

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The performance of ‘All My Trials’ from this show appears on the 1990 live album Tripping The Live Fantastic – Highlights!. It was also released as a single on 26 November 1990.

McCartney’s band was Linda McCartney on vocals, keyboards, and percussion; Hamish Stuart on guitar, bass guitar, and vocals; Robbie McIntosh on guitar and vocals; Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens on keyboards and vocals; and Chris Whitten on drums and percussion.

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