Sir Paul McCartney’s On The Run tour came to a close in Edmonton, Canada.
Good afternoon everybody~ Ready to rock out with you again, last show of the #OnTheRun tour in #Rexall Can u beat last night's crowd?
— Brian Ray (@brianrayguitar) November 29, 2012
It was the second of two shows on consecutive nights in the city. Tickets for both sold out in a matter of days in September.
Edmonton was in a celebratory mood ahead of the shows, with mayor Stephen Mandel officially proclaiming 26-30 November as Paul McCartney Week.
Part of 102A Avenue running through Churchill Square renamed Abbey Road for the week. Silhouettes of The Beatles’ famous crossing on the 1969 album cover were positioned on the road between City Hall and the Three Bananas Cafe.
A free screening of The Beatles’ 1964 film A Hard Day’s Night took place at City Hall, while on Churchill Square the party atmosphere continued with local improv performers dressed as the Queen, royal guards and British policemen.
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 setlist contained two unusual songs: ‘Wonderful Christmastime’ and ‘Mull Of Kintyre’, both in the encore sections. For ‘Wonderful Christmastime’ the band was joined by North Pointe Children’s Choir, while the Edmonton Police Pipe Band made an appearance for ‘Mull Of Kintyre’.
- ‘Hello, Goodbye’
- ‘Junior’s Farm’
- ‘All My Loving’
- ‘Drive My Car’
- ‘Sing The Changes’
- ‘The Night Before’
- ‘Let Me Roll It’
- ‘Paperback Writer’
- ‘The Long And Winding Road’
- Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five
- ‘My Valentine’
- ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’
- ‘Things We Said Today’
- ‘And I Love Her’
- ‘Here Today’
- ‘Dance Tonight’
- ‘Mrs Vandebilt’
- ‘Eleanor Rigby’
- ‘Band On The Run’
- ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’
- ‘Back In The USSR’
- ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’
- ‘A Day In The Life’/‘Give Peace A Chance’
- ‘Let It Be’
- ‘Live And Let Die’
- ‘Hey Jude’
Previous On The Run tour dates:
- 15 July 2011: Yankee Stadium, New York
- 16 July 2011: Yankee Stadium, New York
- 24 July 2011: Comerica Park, Detroit
- 26 July 2011: Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada
- 27 July 2011: Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada
- 31 July 2011: Wrigley Field, Chicago
- 1 August 2011: Wrigley Field, Chicago
- 4 August 2011: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
- 13 November 2011: Yas Arena, Abu Dhabi
- 26 November 2011: Unipol Arena, Bologna, Italy
- 27 November 2011: Mediolanum Forum, Milan, Italy
- 30 November 2011: Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris, France
- 1 December 2011: Lanxess Arena, Köln, Germany
- 5 December 2011: O2 Arena, London
- 10 December 2011: Ericsson Globe Arena, Stockholm, Sweden
- 12 December 2011: Hartwall Areena, Helsinki, Finland
- 14 December 2011: Olimpiyskiy Arena, Moscow, Russia
- 19 December 2011: Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester
- 20 December 2011: Echo Arena, Liverpool
- 24 March 2012: Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands
- 26 March 2012: Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
- 28 March 2012: Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium
- 15 April 2012: Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay
- 17 April 2012: Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay
- 19 April 2012: Estadio El Campín, Bogotá, Colombia
- 21 April 2012: Estádio do Arruda, Recife, Brazil
- 22 April 2012: Estádio do Arruda, Recife, Brazil
- 25 April 2012: Estádio da Ressacada, Florianópolis, Brazil
- 5 May 2012: Estadio Omnilife, Guadalajara, Mexico
- 8 May 2012: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico
- 10 May 2012: Zócalo de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Mexico
- 11 November 2012: Scottrade Center, St Louis
- 14 November 2012: Minute Maid Park, Houston
- 25 November 2012: BC Place, Vancouver, Canada
- 28 November 2012: Rexall Place, Edmonton, Canada
Also on this day...
- 2016: George Harrison’s What Is Life gets new video
- 2001: George Harrison dies
- 1968: UK album release: Two Virgins by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
- 1967: Editing: Christmas Time (Is Here Again)
- 1966: Recording, mixing: Strawberry Fields Forever
- 1965: Radio: Saturday Club
- 1964: John Lennon appears on Not Only… But Also
- 1963: Live: ABC Cinema, Huddersfield
- 1963: UK single release: I Want To Hold Your Hand
- 1962: Live: Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1960: Paul McCartney and Pete Best are arrested in Hamburg
Want more? Visit the Beatles history section.
Hi, I just want to say, that I am from Edmonton, Alberta CANADA, and I was at this show, and it was f@#$ing amazing. It seems I am the only Beatle fan in Edmonton who is on the Beatle Bible, but I tell you Sir Paul performed for over 2 hours, without a sip of water, or a break. He made us all so happy that I went home on Cloud 9, (not to be confused with #9 Dream?? Ha) Anyway I kept the ticket stub, but I had a terrible seat, but it didn’t matter because I was in the room with a Beatle, and that was enough for me.
Peace and Beatle Love