Paul McCartney live: Yankee Stadium, New York

Sir Paul McCartney performed the first of two consecutive nights at the Yankee Stadium in New York City.

Prior to the show, McCartney and his band performed a 19-song soundcheck, witnessed by a handful of guests, competition winners and fans who could afford higher-priced tickets.

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).

The Yankee Stadium shows were part of McCartney’s On The Run tour. On this first night the audience included McCartney’s fiancée Nancy Shevell, his son James, Linda McCartney’s brother John Eastman, former Wings member Denny Laine, plus celebrities Larry David, Chevy Chase and New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The setlist was changed slightly from previous concerts, with the addition of Beatles songs ‘The Night Before’ and ‘I Will’. The performance of ‘The Night Before’ was the first time McCartney had ever played it live.

He also ended with ‘Golden Slumbers’, ‘Carry That Weight’ and ‘The End’, which provided the climax to the Abbey Road medley in 1969 – recent McCartney concerts had closed with ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)’ and ‘The End’.

Following the performance of Jet, McCartney asked “Who is this guy Derek Jeter? Someone said he has more hits than me!” This was in reference to the New York Yankees star who hit his 3,000th hit earlier in the week.

The setlist

Forthcoming dates in the On The Run tour:

July 2011

  • 16 – Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
  • 24 – Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
  • 26, 27 – Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
  • 31 – Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

August 2011

  • 1 – Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
  • 4 – Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati, OH
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