Paul McCartney live at Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada

Sir Paul McCartney performed the first of two concerts at Montreal's Bell Centre.

Prior to the show he and his band performed a sound check before a limited number of guests and fans.

The soundcheck setlist:

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 concert was scheduled to begin at 8pm but began 35 minutes late. The band played two Beatles songs not previously performed during the On The Run tour - Birthday and Michelle. Birthday was a tribute to Mick Jagger, whose 68th birthday it was.

McCartney began the set with Hello, Goodbye.

After the first encore a Japanese fan was invited onto the stage. McCartney asked her name and was told "Yoko", much to his amusement and the delight of the crowd.

Here's the full setlist:

Forthcoming dates in the On The Run tour:

July 2011

  • 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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2 responses on “Paul McCartney live at Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada

  1. mr. Sun king coming together

    He didn’t start until 8:35 (much to my mothers dismay, it seems). When he finally got up here, it was like heaven. Paul stared with Hello Goodbye, and at one point we actually droned Paul out. He did Birthday for Mick Jagger (68 as of yesterday), and he just kept playing. 38 songs, 5 arms signed and countless memories. A highlight? Hello Goodbye. Just seeing everyone, French and English, singing together. Beautiful. After he left for the first time, the crowd suddenly, loudly, and proudly broke into that crazy Oleh Oleh thing.
    That’s Montreal for you. Michelle was another surprise. Sir Paul, thanks for a night no one in that arena will ever forget.

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