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Got Back Tour
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PAUL ANNOUNCES GOT BACK NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2022
FIRST LIVE SHOWS SINCE 2019
MORE INFORMATION HERE!

TOUR DATES:
Thursday 28 April – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
Monday 2 May – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Tuesday 3 May – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Friday 6 May – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
Sunday 8 May – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena *NEW DATE*
Friday 13 May – Los Angeles, CA – SoFi Stadium
Tuesday 17 May – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
Saturday 21 May – Winston Salem, NC – Truist Field
Wednesday 25 May – Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live
Saturday 28 May – Orlando, FL – Camping World Stadium
Tuesday 31 May – Knoxville, TN – Thompson Boling Arena
Saturday 4 June – Syracuse, NY – Carrier Dome
Tuesday 7 June – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
Wednesday 8 June – Boston, MA – Fenway Park *NEW DATE*
Sunday 12 June – Baltimore, MD – Oriole Park
Thursday 16 June – East Rutherford, NJ- Met Life Stadium

Saturday 25 June – Worthy Farm, Somerset, UK-Glastonbury Festival (I don’t believe appearances at the festival are considered to be part of an artists regular tour schedule)

Appears that the tour is a go, so time to open the topic for updates and discussion. I’m anxious for the setlist details. a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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Tomorrow is the big day! Welcome back Paul beatlemaniacs_02_gif

Just as a reminder, Paul’s last proper concert was held on July 19th, 2019 in Los Angeles. (in what seems like the good old days now). Here was the setlist.

A Hard Day’s Night
Junior’s Farm
Can’t Buy Me Love
Letting Go
Who Cares
Got To Get You Into My Life
Come On to Me
Let Me Roll It
(Wings song) (followed by “Foxy Lady” jam)
I’ve Got A Feeling
Let ‘Em In
My Valentine
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
Maybe I’m Amazed
I’ve Just Seen A Face
In Spite Of All The Danger
From Me To You
Dance Tonight
Love Me Do
Blackbird
Here Today
Queenie Eye
Lady Madonna
Eleanor Rigby
Fuh You
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
Something
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Band On The Run
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Let It Be
Live And Let Die
Hey Jude

Encore:
Birthday
Sgt. Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
(The Beatles song-with Ringo Starr )
Helter Skelter
(The Beatles song-with Ringo Starr ) (First time performed live together)
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
The End
(The Beatles song-with Joe Walsh)

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I’m exhausted looking at that list. What an athlete! I really wish it was possible for me to see him play. I’m assuming this will be his last tour paul-mccartney

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Why assume it will be his last tour? Dylan is older and has/has had about 30 dates this year, part of a tour he says will go through to 2024. Ringo is older and also has many dates this year, with more being announced going forward.

I don’t see Paul quitting touring until he can no longer cope with it physically, and he still seems in great shape.

The shame with Paul and Ringo is that they perform so rarely in the UK/Europe, especially Ringo, which makes it hard for those this side of the pond to see them.

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I guess I’m just being pessimistic. I can imagine Paul finding it fitting to top off his stage career with an appearance at Glastonbury, just after turning 80, on Global Beatles Day. He also sounded nervous about performing live when he talked (possibly in a The Lyrics interview?) about singing at Stella’s birthday party. *And* his singing voice has suffered more than Ringo’s has (possibly it’s just a higher contrast with what it used to sound like). I dunno, I hope you’re right, and that he also takes to doing small gigs all the time in the UK and Ireland a-hard-days-night-paul-5

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That’s not even a North America tour, that’s a US tour.

Being a relatively new fan (2015), the best and perhaps only chance for me was Munich a few years ago, which I gloriously missed. Last or not, the tours won’t go on forever (and it seriously hurt to write that).

Hmm, for some reason the Stones are in my town this year, but I’ve heard they’re expensive as hell and I’m not that big of a Stones fan… I’ll probably be indecisive until their gig is over.

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Paul McCartney is in the building!beatlemaniacs_02_gif

 

The soundcheck is almost as long as some other acts entire concerts. paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

APR 28 2022
Paul McCartney Setlist
at Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA, USA
Tour: VIP sound checks with paying audience 

Setlist
Instrumental Jam
I Wanna Be Your Man
Drive My Car
One After 909
Let ‘Em In
C Moon
Women and Wives
San Francisco Bay Blues (Jesse Fuller cover)
Every Night
Leaning on a Lamp Post (George Formby cover)
Midnight Special (traditional cover)
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Queenie Eye
Lady Madonna

@ewe2 – Wow, he played a George Formby favorite. I hope somebody recorded it.

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Hey, someone is broadcasting the show live on Twitter. Paul just grabbed a ukulele and started singing Something .

https://twitter.com/i/broadcas…..EvJX?t=40s

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Paul’s setlist for Spokane…

1. Can’t Buy Me Love
2. Junior’s Farm
3. Letting Go
4. Got To Get You Into My Life
5. Come on to Me
6. Let Me Roll It
7. Getting Better (for the first time since 2003)
8. Woman and Wives
9. My Valentine
10. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five
11. Maybe I’m Amazed
12. I’ve Just Seen A Face
13. In Spite Of All The Danger
14. Love Me Do
15. Dance Tonight
16. Blackbird
17. Here Today
18. Queenie Eye
19. Lady Madonna
20. Fuh You
21. Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite
22. Something
23. Ob-la-di Ob-la-da
24. You Never Give Me Your Money (for the first time since 2003)
25. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (for the first time since 2008)
26. Get Back
27. Band On The Run
28. Let it Be
29. Live And Let Die
30. Hey Jude

Encore:
31. I’ve Got A Feeling
32. Helter Skelter
33. Golden Slumbers
34. Carry That Weight
35. The End

Ended up with him waving the Ukrainian flag…

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(Though some would say, and are saying, rather than wave a flag, he should release his 2008 concert in Kyiv to raise money for those affected by the war…)

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The performance of I’ve Got A Feeling featured Paul singing along to an audiovisual (1969 Rooftop) recording of John’s vocals.

SB has included a video in his post below.

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Paul McCartney Duets With John Lennon, Honors George Harrison at Joyous Tour Kickoff

 
 
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There’s a sequence in Peter Jackson’s 2021 Beatles documentary, Get Back , when, on the fourth day of the tense writing-and-rehearsal marathon for a high-stakes live show and what would become the Fab Four’s final album, Let It Be Paul McCartney, George Harrison , and Ringo Starr are sitting around griping that John Lennon is running late, as usual. The Beatles are in the dumps and just about done. And McCartney, bearded and overflowing with song ideas — among them, the seeds of “Get Back ” — becomes the group’s engine. It’s his job to get the Beatles back to being the Beatles again.

So, it’s no coincidence that McCartney, two months shy of 80 and returning to the road for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic threw the world into a collective doldrum, is calling his tour Got Back.

In a small-city warmup in Spokane, Washington, a delighted McCartney led his tight band through a smorgasbord of Beatles, Wings, and solo classics — including portions of the famed Side Two medley from Abbey Road  and some surprise vocals from the late John Lennon .

 

McCartney made it clear he was fulfilling a promise.

“Well, we said we’d come back, and we got back,” the singer and multi-instrumentalist told the crowd at the Spokane Arena on Thursday. “And believe me,” he said. “We’re really happy to be back. I’m gonna take a moment for myself to drink it all in.”

McCartney last toured in 2019; a 2020 Europe run was squashed by the pandemic. In the meantime, he recorded the solo LP McCartney III , playing nearly all the parts himself, in the tradition of 1970’s McCartney and 1980’s McCartney II  — an approach well-suited to Covid isolation. He’s also basking in the renewed interest in all things Beatles that Jackson’s film has sparked.

The show was one long set of Beatles, Wings, and McCartney tunes — and plenty of storytelling. McCartney, keyboardist Paul “Wix” Wickens, drummer Abe Laboriel Jr., guitarist Rusty Anderson, and guitarist-bassist Brian Ray, opened with the early Beatles hit “Can’t Buy Me Love” and a heavy take on Wings’ riff rocker “Junior’s Farm.” The Hot Country Horns (saxophonist Kenji Fenton, trumpeter Mike Davis, and trombonist Paul Burton) joined for Wings’ “Letting Go,” and lent tight and tasteful brass harmony across the night.

McCartney played his iconic fiddle-shaped Höfner bass — but also electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin, and both upright and baby-grand pianos. The big screen behind the stage shone with images from across McCartney’s history, with animations of the young Beatles, and montages of that band in joyous form from Get Back , with psychedelic cartoons in the vein of Yellow Submarine .

During “It’s Getting Better ,” rubble in images of post-apocalyptic New York, London, and Paris yielded to sprouting vines and burgeoning flowers, emphasizing the night’s theme of rebirth.

Mid-show, the core band came out front and played in front of a projected tin-roof shack, like an old juke joint. McCartney talked about recording the first Beatles demo, “In Spite Of All The Danger .” Then the band played it, a doo-wop tune with a country lilt and cowboy harmonies, followed by “Love Me Do ” and McCartney’s 2007 single “Dance Tonight.”

McCartney stepped forward onto another stage that lifted him halfway to the lighting trusses for a solo “Blackbird ” on acoustic guitar, while birds and trees glimmered all around him. He dedicated “Here Today ” to Lennon, and expressed regret that he hadn’t properly told his old friend he loved him while he had the chance.

A few songs later, McCartney paid tribute to Harrison, playing Harrison’s “Something ” on a ukulele that had been a gift from him.

He introduced “an old one,” which turned out to be “You Never Give Me Your Money ,” the kickoff to the cinematic suite that occupies the second half of Abbey Road , played live for the first time in close to 20 years — with the band filling out the Beatles’ harmonies. Then came later Abbey Road medley song “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window ,” leading into “Get Back .” The Let It Be  closer was clearly the night’s theme song, and it got the sometimes-subdued small-city crowd on its feet. The string of big guns that followed kept them there: Wings anthem “Band On The Run ,” “Let It Be ” (with McCartney on baby grand), and a shocking “Live And Let Die ” that seemed informed by the Guns N’ Roses cover, with full pyrotechnics — explosions, shooting columns of flame, and fireworks.

McCartney played “Hey Jude ” on the shiny black baby grand — then the band departed.

They returned not with instruments, but with flags — for the U.S., the U.K., and Washington state — and McCartney waving the blue-and-yellow banner of war-torn Ukraine.

“We’ve got something a bit special for you here,” McCartney said, and the band started “I’ve Got a Feeling.” Lennon appeared on the big screen, and it took a moment to register that the band was playing — and McCartney singing — with his isolated vocals from the Beatles’ final live set, on the roof of Apple Records in 1969. (McCartney said Jackson had texted him, “We can extract John’s voice, and he san sing with you. I said, ‘Oh, yeah!’”)

“Everybody had a hard year,” Lennon sang. And it was true.

The band played “Birthday ” and “Helter Skelter ,” which was appropriately heavy — and perhaps a bit lost on the high-desert crowd.

“Yeah, we all got back,” McCartney said at the end of the night. “Together in the same room.”

And now, he said, it’s time to go home, before returning to the Abbey Road  medley to close with “Golden Slumbers ,” “Carry That Weight ,” and “The End .”

McCartney never specifically mentioned Covid. He didn’t seem interested in preaching. Instead, he seemed content, and maybe quietly dazzled, to be back onstage, back with fans, back singing great songs from his vast career, and back embracing the legacy of his oldest musical mates. Back to where he once belonged.

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I really enjoyed the show. Except for the first song and the encore the concert was broadcast live on Twitter. The overall vibe was very intimate with lots of band camaraderie and audience inclusion into Paul’s state of mind. (I smiled many times and laughed out loud at the Duff story). For me one of the highlights was the In Spite Of All The Danger >Love Me Do >Dance Tonight hootenanny. If I could change anything it would probably be to drop Live And Let Die and (as I’ve lamented elsewhere) bring Yesterday back from retirement.

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I really don’t know what I think about I’ve Got A Feeling .

Don’t hate it, but not sure I like it. I’d probably put it in the box that others have placed the George cannabis items (though I’m far more comfortable with those).

I’m generally not a fan of duetting/using the vocals of the deceased, especially live. But I will admit I found it moving, nearly a tear in the eye as I watched Paul keep turning back to gaze on his old friend.

Strangely he almost reminded me of Liam Gallagher gazing at the image of John that came up during live versions of Live Forever, and worshipping…

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Coincidentally, Elton John has added a duet with a video to his encore.

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But that is with the permission of the performer, if Elton had isolated John’s I Saw Her Standing There  vocal from Madison Square Garden in 1974 and was performing with that, I’d have the same qualms as I do about “John” and Paul doing I’ve Got A Feeling .

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Why assume it will be his last tour? Dylan is older and has/has had about 30 dates this year, part of a tour he says will go through to 2024. Ringo is older and also has many dates this year, with more being announced going forward.

Got to see Dylan perform in Tucson a few weeks ago, and it was a dream come true! His voice has actually gotten stronger over the last few years, and it’s sounding more like it did in the Time out of Mind era.

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I don’t disagree, the commercialization of John Lennon ‘s legacy makes me uneasy. But hasn’t that ship already sailed? After all, didn’t John say this about the Let It Be sessions:

“When Spector came around, it was like, ‘Well, all right, if you want to work with us, go and do your audition, man.’ And he worked like a pig on it. He’d always wanted to work with The Beatles and he was given the shittiest load of badly recorded shit – and with a lousy feeling to it – ever. And he made something out of it. It wasn’t fantastic, but I heard it, I didn’t puke. I was so relieved after six months of this black cloud hanging over, this was going to go out. I thought it would be good to go out, the shitty version, because it would break The Beatles, it would break the myth. That’s us with no trousers on and no glossy paint over the cover and no sort of hype. ‘This is what we’re like with our trousers off. So would you please end the game now?’ But that didn’t happen, and we ended up doing Abbey Road quickly and putting out something to preserve the myth.”

Yet we all enjoyed watching a 6 hour documentary culled from these exact same sessions (and purchasing versions of the music that he rejected). I think that by marrying Yoko, John selected her as his proxy should anything happen to him. Now in turn she has chosen Sean, who I am sure was involved in the use of the video. I would definitely feel different if they weren’t on board.

Regarding Elton, I would rather hear the two songs he dropped from the playlist (Daniel, All The Young Girls Love Alice) than the new addition. Just thought it was interesting…

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Hey @Ahhh Girl – during the Hey Jude coda last night when Paul asked for only female voices, I noticed a familiar pose a-hard-days-night-paul-4

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