Paul McCartney live: Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim

Paul McCartney performed at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California, USA, on 12 November 2005.

It was the 29th show of the US Tour, which lasted for 37 dates between September and November 2005, and the second of two consecutive nights in Anaheim.

This concert saw a world first – an extraterrestrial first, even – when McCartney made a live broadcast to the International Space Station.

PAUL McCARTNEY TO BECOME FIRST-EVER TO BROADCAST LIVE MUSIC INTO SPACE LIVE PERFORMANCE FROM ‘US’ TOUR CONCERT IN ANAHEIM SET TO WAKE UP CREW WITH A SPOT OF ‘ENGLISH TEA’ AND WISHES FOR A ‘GOOD DAY SUNSHINE’ The international space station crew, 220 miles above Earth, will take a special live musical wakeup call from Paul McCartney November 12th in a first-ever concert linkup.

The broadcast is slated to include ‘English Tea’, from his latest critically hailed album Chaos And Creation In The Backyard, as well as the Beatles classic ‘Good Day Sunshine’. The call will emanate from McCartney’s ‘US’ Tour performance from Anaheim, California’s Arrowhead Pond. Aboard the house-sized orbiting station, NASA Astronaut Bill McArthur and Russian Cosmonaut Valery Tokarev are in the midst of a six-month flight. McCartney is nearing the end of his 11-week ‘US’ concert tour done in support of his latest critically acclaimed album, ‘Chaos and Creation in the Backyard’. During his tour, McCartney has paid tribute to the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery, a mission that took place earlier this year. On Aug. 9, the crew of Discovery received a good weather forecast for a second landing attempt, during which the Beatles’ classic ‘Good Day Sunshine’ was played as a wakeup call by Mission Control. ‘I was extremely proud to find out that one of my songs was played for the crew of Discovery this summer,’ McCartney said. ‘In our concert we hope to repay the favor.’ The call to the station will mark the first time a live concert has been linked to a U.S. spacecraft.

The call will take place at 12:55 a.m. EST Nov. 13 (9:55 p.m. PST Nov. 12), as the concert is nearing its end and McArthur and Tokarev are awakening for their 44th day in space. The call will be broadcast live on NASA Television, with audio from both the concert and the station and video expected of McArthur and Tokarev. McArthur and Tokarev are the 12th crew of the station, which has had a continuous human presence aboard for more than five years. The station has an internal volume larger than an average three-bedroom house and includes the most sophisticated space laboratory ever flown. For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit: NASA TV’s Public, Education and Media channels are available on an MPEG-2 digital C-band signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. In Alaska and Hawaii, they’re on AMC-7 at 137 degrees west longitude, transponder 18C, at 4060 MHz, horizontal polarization.

A Digital Video Broadcast compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder is required for reception. For digital downlink information for each NASA TV channel and access to NASA TV’s Public Channel on the Web, visit:, 10 November 2006

The broadcast included versions of ‘English Tea’ and ‘Good Day Sunshine’, and dialogue between McCartney and NASA astronaut Bill McArthur and Russian cosmonaut Valery Tokarev.

Paul McCartney: As you probably know we’re gonna do something really special tonight. We’re gonna transmit to these two astronauts who are up in the International Space Station right now … about 220 miles up there somewhere. It’s two guys, it’s Bill McArthur, the American guy. And there is Valery Tokarev. ARE YOU READY?

Audience: Yeah!

Paul McCartney: OK we’re gonna go now to the International Space Station! CHECK IT OUT! Here we go!There they are!

Bill McArthur: Paul, Thank you so much for, for joining us this evening, and of course it is morning for us, and we would like to say Good Evening to you all in Anaheim, California.

Paul McCartney: Well, Bill and Valery, we have a greeting for you from all the audience here.

Audience: Good Morning!

Paul McCartney: Listen, it’s really exciting for us guys to be seeing you guys and actually, I can’t believe that we’re actually just, you know, transmitting to space. This is, this is, sensational. I love it. So for you Bill and Valery, we’d like to do little song for you, we’d like to wake you up with a little bit of ‘English Tea’, here we go!

[Paul McCartney sings ‘English Tea’]

Bill McArthur: Well, Sir Paul … the opportunity to fly in space brings along many many exciting events, I must tell you though, this ranks at the very top. It’s such an honor for you to join us; we’re so thrilled that you can participate in our flight with us and again thank you very much.

Paul McCartney: The pleasure’s all ours guys. I tell you … When the Discovery space [shuttle] mission went up to the International Space Station … it was a very historic mission and they went up there, they had to do some maintenance and repairs, where these guys are now, and as you know things didn’t go all according to plan, one of the heat shields came off, they had a little bit of trouble up there and they had to get out in space and fix it, but they did that, and then, they were due to come home, but NASA had to hold them up because the weather wasn’t good and the supplies were going a bit low, and they didn’t have as much English tea as you’ve got there. But, so anyway it was getting a little bit tricky up there but we’re very proud to say that on the morning that NASA actually told them that they were cleared to re-enter into the earth’s atmosphere and come home. They actually woke them up, with one of our songs, the next song we’re gonna do, so we’d like to do this song for you two guys especially today and we send our love from Earth!

[Paul McCartney sings ‘Good Day Sunshine’]

Bill McArthur: Sir Paul, that was simply magnificent. We are very just honored again that you’ve joined us. We consider you an explorer just as we are. Your venues of exploration of course have ranged everywhere from music, to fashion, and I guess even now, you’ve become an author and we’re all targeted towards the same thing and that’s ensuring a bright future for the young people on our planet.

Paul McCartney: Ok, well I think we all go along with that Bill, and you Valery. We really thank you for giving us this opportunity. We thank the people at NASA for giving us this opportunity to do this remarkable thing and get up there and see you guys. We wish you all the very best for the rest of your mission. We hope you have a great stay up there and do everything you got to do. We can’t wait to meet you when you get back down to Earth. I tell you what, just before we go, can we see another one of those somersaults?

[Audience cheers]

Paul McCartney: This audience just wants to give you a real big cheer for everything you’re doing and joining us here tonight. Let’s hear it!

[Audience cheers]

McCartney’s band was Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens (vocals, keyboards, guitar, percussion, harmonica), Brian Ray (vocals, guitar, bass), Rusty Anderson (vocals, guitar), and Abe Laboriel Jr (vocals, drums).

McCartney had previously performed at the Arrowhead Pond during the Driving World Tour on 5 May and 25 October 2002.

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