Recording information

‘Showtime’
‘Figure Of Eight’
10 November 1989
Ahoy Sportpaleis, Rotterdam
17 January 1990
Wembley Arena, London
‘Rough Ride’
10 October 1989
Palais Omnisport De Bercy, Paris
17 October 1989
Westfallenhalle, Dortmund
16 January 1990
Wembley Arena, London
30 June 1990
Music Therapy Concert, Knebworth
8 November 1989
Ahoy Sportpaleis, Rotterdam
‘We Got Married’
16 January 1990
Wembley Arena, London
‘Inner City Madness’
2 January 1990
NEC Arena, Birmingham (soundcheck)
8 November 1989
Ahoy Sportpaleis, Rotterdam
21 April 1990
Maracana Stadium, Rio De Janeiro
‘Crackin’ Up’
23 November 1989
The Forum, Los Angeles
13 January 1990
Wembley Arena, London
23 November 1989
The Forum, Los Angeles
21 October 1989
Olympiahalle, Munich
21 January 1990
Wembley Arena, London (soundcheck)
‘Put It There’
28 September 1989
Scandinavium, Gothenberg
‘Together’
5 December 1989
Rosemont Horizon, Chicago (soundcheck)
2 November 1989
Palacio De Sportes, Madrid
8 February 1990
The Centrum, Boston
‘This One’
1 February 1990
Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit
‘My Brave Face’
19 January 1990
Wembley Arena, London
5 March 1990
The Dome, Tokyo
9 December 1989
The Forum, Montreal
‘Twenty Flight Rock’
13 January 1990
Wembley Arena, London
3 March 1990
The Dome, Tokyo
‘Sally’
21 January 1990
Wembley Arena, London (soundcheck)
14 April 1990
Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami
‘Ain’t That A Shame’
9 March 1990
The Dome, Tokyo
28 September 1989
Scandinavium, Gothenberg
‘If I Were Not Upon The Stage’
12 February 1990 – Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnatti
Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnatti
12 February 1990 – Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnatti
Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnatti
9 December 1989
The Forum, Montreal
13 March 1990
The Dome, Tokyo
7 December 1989
Skydome, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto
7 December 1989
Skydome, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto
7 December 1989
Skydome, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto
‘Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying’
9 December 1989
The Forum, Montreal (soundcheck)

The release

A single containing live versions of two Beatles songs, ‘Birthday’ and ‘Good Day Sunshine’, was released prior to Tripping The Live Fantastic. The single was issued on 8 October 1990 in the UK, the day before John Lennon’s birthday, and peaked at number 29. In the US it was released on 16 October, and failed to chart.

Tripping The Live Fantastic followed a month later, and reached number 17 in the UK and 26 in the US. A 12″ square booklet accompanied the three-disc LP version, whereas the double CD set came with two booklets.

An abridged edition, titled Tripping The Live Fantastic – Highlights!, was also issued on 26 November 1990 in the UK, and on 20 November in the US. It contained one song, ‘All My Trials’, not on the longer album. The song was also McCartney’s Christmas 1990 single.

The CD edition of Highlights! featured ‘Got To Get You Into My Life’, ‘Birthday’, ‘We Got Married’, ‘The Long And Winding Road’, ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, ‘All My Trials’, ‘Things We Said Today’, ‘Eleanor Rigby’, ‘My Brave Face’, ‘Back In The USSR’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, ‘Coming Up’, ‘Let It Be’, ‘Hey Jude’, ‘Get Back’, ‘Golden Slumbers’, ‘Carry That Weight’, and ‘The End’.

The LP edition of Highlights!, meanwhile, omitted ‘Got To Get You Into My Life’, ‘We Got Married’, ‘Things We Said Today’, ‘Back In The USSR’, ‘Golden Slumbers’, ‘Carry That Weight’, and ‘The End’. The album failed to chart in the UK, and peaked at 141 in the US. Oddly, it was certified platinum in the US, whereas the full-length release failed to even go gold.

A film of the world tour, directed by Richard Lester and Aubrey Powell, was also made. Get Back, was not released until 25 October 1991, and received a limited cinema run prior to a full release on VHS video.