Paul McCartney live: Rio Tinto Stadium, Salt Lake City

Paul McCartney performed at the Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, on 13 July 2010.

It was the 14th concert of the Up And Coming Tour, which lasted for 38 dates between March 2010 and June 2011. This show was seen by 25,414 fans.

The weather was warmer than McCartney’s chilly concert in San Francisco three days previously. McCartney took off his collarless black jacket after the first few songs to reveal a pink shirt and braces. “Usually I keep my jacket on a little longer,” he told the crowd, “But now it’s coming off. And that’s all that’s coming off.”

The setlist had some changes from his recent shows. Compared to San Francisco, McCartney performed ‘Drive My Car’ instead of ‘Got To Get You Into My Life’, ‘I’ve Just Seen A Face’ instead of ‘I’m Looking Through You’, and ‘And I Love Her’ in place of ‘Two Of Us’. He also brought Ram On back into the set, having played the song at his recent Cardiff and London shows, and reintroduced the Wings song ‘Letting Go’.

During the concert McCartney read out an audience-member’s sign which evidently amused him. It read: “Paul, you’re in Utah, marry us”.

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). This was the 200th show that McCartney played with his band in their eight years together.

Paul McCartney, Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (guitar/bass guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums) have been touring together since 2002s Back In The World Tour. Over the last 8 years the band have travelled the world and played some groundbreaking and headline-making shows together. Stand out moments have included 2003’s performance to over 500,000 people outside the Coliseum in Rome and Paul’s first show in Red Square, Moscow. In 2004 the band gave the Glastonbury Festival its most legendary moment to date. 2005 saw Paul and the band making history again as he performed live to the International Space Station to wake-up NASA astronauts. 2008 saw a series of special one off concerts, headlining the Liverpool Sound concert at Anfield, the largest ever outdoor music event in Kiev, Ukraine, with over 500,000 people lining the streets to watch the show. A show in Quebec city’s national park, The Plains Of Abraham, to 300,000 people to celebrate Quebec’s 400th anniversary and September took them to Tel Aviv for Paul’s first ever concert in Israel. The Beatles were banned from performing there at the height of Beatlemania in the 60s. In 2009 Paul and the band toured US throughout the summer and Europe in the winter. The tour commenced with the inaugural run of shows at New York’s Citi Field Stadium, which was the site of the former Shea Stadium where The Beatles made history in 1965 when they played a concert that set the precedent for the modern day stadium rock show. Critics hailed the Citi Field performances (seen by over 100,000 people) as the concert experience of a lifetime. 2009 ended with a sell-out show at London’s O2 Arena, Paul’s first ever concert at the legendary venue.

Speaking about the band Paul said: ‘The great thing is that we have grown into a band. It’s funny because I always felt we were a bunch of guys playing together and were very lucky because we made a good noise that we found ourselves excited to be in the middle of. Last year I just suddenly said to myself, “Wait a minute, you have been playing with these guys for, like, nine years now.” Whether you like it or not that makes you a band and that is the great thing. That is what happened to us, we have become a band almost without noticing.’

Here’s a brief clip of ‘Jet’ from the show:

Paul McCartney – Up And Coming Tour (2010-2011)

Concert setlist

Up And Coming Tour dates

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