Posted in music | pictures on December 14, 2010

photos by Ryan Barkan

Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney

"His band is the same it's been for most of the last decade, with the guitarists Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, the keyboardist Paul Wickens, and the drummer Abe Laboriel Jr.; in a way their canned grimaces and corny gestures seem perfect, because they illustrate how much of the audience might dream of playing if given the chance to get on stage with Mr. McCartney, showing off but hitting all the marks. It's a machine that doesn't change arrangements from year to year, mostly replicating the original versions, down to the string parts on "Eleanor Rigby" as recreated by Mr. Wickens' synthesizer. It's also a loud, clear, efficacious, and sometimes bashing band, aiming to the back rows." [NY Times]
Paul McCartney played the legendary Apollo last night, 12/13, to a house filled with Sirius XM subscribers and celebrties. If you are a satellite radio subscriber but didn't have a ticket, maybe you listened at home. Some pictures from the show and the full setlist below...

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Apollo Theater setlist
Magical Mystery Tour
Jet
Drive My Car
All My Loving
One After 909
Let Me Roll It/Foxey Lady
The Long and Winding Road
Nineteen and Eighty Five
Maybe I'm Amazed
Blackbird
I'm Looking Through You
And I Love Her
Petrushka
Dance Tonight
Eleanor Rigby
Hitchhike
Band on the Run
Ob-la-di Ob-la-da
Back in the USSR
A Day in the Life/Give Peace a Chance
Let It Be
Hey Jude
Wonderful Christmastime
I Saw Her Standing There
Get Back
Yesterday (with a little bit of "Scrambled Eggs")
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band/The End

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Comments (77)

This guy has potential...Maybe he is the new Waves for 2011! Go Paul go!

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 10:28 AM

Sounds like a fun night. How long did he play for?

And can there be one show in NY where celebrities have to ACTUALLY PAY for a ticket? I thought this was exclusively for Sirux SM subscribers....I bet 20% were guest lists.

Who's the guy below RS guitarist...

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 10:28 AM

Ba Ba Booey!

Hot damn Beth O is good lookin'.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 10:28 AM

i bet this was cheesy as shit but i would have loved to be there

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 10:29 AM

'scuse my ignorance, but can someone id the celebs; recognize some, not all.

Posted by donn | December 14, 2010 10:32 AM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 10:34 AM

Sienna Miller is purdy

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 10:36 AM

10:34 dude you are a moron..Paul is not from the Who he is from the BEatles...put down the Salvia and pay attention!

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 10:38 AM

After looking at these pictures, 2 words sum up this event.

Absolutely Disgusting

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 10:40 AM

After reading 10:40's comment, 2 words sum up the commenter

Extremely Jealous

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 10:42 AM

^ I am disgusted with all the celebs in attendence so I can see where he is coming from..was supposed to be open up to subscribers who called in...I doubt Kevin Bacon was on the phone dialing to score tickets..

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 10:45 AM

I'll give it a try:
Tony Bennett
John McEnroe
Robin Quivers
Henrique Lundqvist (NY Rangers goalie)
Martha Stewart
Jerry Seinfeld
Howard Stern/Beth O
Ronnie Wood
Kevin Bacon/Kyra Sedgwick
Keith Richards
I know I missed a few and Sienna Miller is not one of them.

Posted by E | December 14, 2010 10:47 AM

I don't care about the celebrities showing up, by why are the photos on BV? Is this site trying to become TMZ? Weak.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 10:47 AM

Seinfeld scored tickets after mowing McCartney's lawn.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 10:48 AM

After reading 10:42's comment, 3 words sum up what your approach should have been.

Change the subject.


Like this...

5 Bucks for a keychain? ABSURD!

Posted by Anonamoose | December 14, 2010 10:48 AM

So were any mere plebeians allowed to attend this, or only coddled celebrities arriving in their limos??

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 10:48 AM

EXTRA EXTRA...."McCartney plays the Apollo, BV commenters react!"

Hating on McCartney and celebrities is the most useless waste of time. They are better than you, deal with it!

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 10:49 AM

why didn't he play any beatles songs? give the fans what they want paul!

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 10:50 AM

FACT: Celebrities are better than you and your miserable life!

FACT: They get free stuff for being famous!

DEAL WITH IT!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 10:51 AM

Don't forget Howard Stern works at Sirius. It's not exactly random that he would be there. Also, I do like to see that people like Keith Richards were there. Royalty in the house. On stage and in the seats.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 10:52 AM

Hey 10:42, This is 10:40 here. Actually you moron I am not jealous at all. I have been upfront at a number of McCartney concerts not to mention one of them being the Highline Ballroom show a few years ago. So i have seen him in huge places as well as the smallest. The Highline show as opposed to last night's was made up of the real fans and not some celebfest joke of an event. Oh and it was a smaller venue as well. I can promise you that although it was a shorter show it was probably miles ahead better than last night.

So, yeah why don't you shove it up your arse.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 10:52 AM

@10:52 How is he/she supposed to shove all that up there?

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 10:54 AM

40 bucks for a lousy T-Shirt??? I thought Sir Paul "Don't care too much for money."

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 10:55 AM

10:51 the tickets were just free to the celebs they were also free to the contect winners and everyone else in attendence sp there goes that point!

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 10:55 AM

all you need is cash

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 10:56 AM

"The Highline show as opposed to last night's was made up of the real fans and not some celebfest joke of an event."

Just because they're a celebrity they can't be a fan or enjoy music? I bet Jerry Seinfeld had a great time!

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 10:56 AM

He's a Beatle. There will be lots of celebs wherever he plays.

Posted by E | December 14, 2010 10:57 AM

$40 T-shirts. Excellent.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 10:57 AM

i always thought seinfeld was just not that into music - didn't he say something on the show like, "a grown man singing a song? it's embarrassing!"

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 11:00 AM

When I find myself in times of trouble, mounds of money come to me...

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 11:02 AM

I'd much rather have a celeb see McCartney for free as opposed to some d-bag paying $10 to see Vivian Girls or some trash like that!

CELEBS GET FREE STUFF B/C THEY'RE FAMOUS!

YOU GET NOTHING FOR FREE B/C YOU SUCK!

SUCK ON THAT!

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 11:10 AM

Yea! Suck it baby!

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 11:12 AM

white people

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 11:15 AM

Is that the BITCH Cathy Black in pic 4? The woman who will ruin the lives of the public school kids of nyc as well as the teachers who work in miserable conditions for peanuts???

How the F did she get in? She ain't no celebrity!

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 11:17 AM

I love free stuff. I hate commoners.

Posted by Random Celebrity | December 14, 2010 11:17 AM

who are in the 2 pics above Martha ("Rock Chick") Stewart?

Posted by donn | December 14, 2010 11:21 AM

Man, I wish I was freezing my tits off in Harlem watching some fossil play 40 year old songs.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 11:27 AM

HENRIK!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 11:39 AM

Is this not Sienna Miller:

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/paulmccartney/apollo/26.jpg

And yes, 11:24... that is Joe Scarborough.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 11:40 AM

Kevin Bacon needs to get free tickets. Didn't Bernie Madoff swindle all of his money?

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 12:01 PM

@ 10:47 are you an idiot?

That's 5-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion JIMMIE JOHNSON and his Wife Chandra.

Dark hair and the blonde together.

DUH!

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 12:07 PM

What's NASCAR?

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 12:16 PM

Don't worry, as long as you stay north of the Mason-Dixon Line you will never have to know what NASCAR is.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 12:19 PM

Good songs yo ...forty years old and they're still good songs yo.

Wish I coulda seen this show.

Posted by Burg | December 14, 2010 12:32 PM

i went. I won tickets from Sirius. it was a rad concert. McCartney still plays like a champ and obviously is having a blast on stage.

as for the comments about the $40 t-shirts, there was no reason to buy them because everyone also got a decent free concert t-shirt (american apparel no less). Also, free drinks and food for all. Sirius did a great job with the event.

By the way, they kept us common folk on the mezzanine and the VIPs (and people who could scam a ticket) on the main floor. Thus I did not see anyone famous although I heard that, in addition to the photos above, Ben stiller, Chris Rock, and Keith richards were there.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 12:46 PM

I heard Lauryn Hill was there, boasting about her sold out shows.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 1:21 PM

^ She came late she was getting her nails done down the block!

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 1:26 PM

isn't paul a vegan? was there any hummus backstage?

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 1:44 PM

looks like a sausage fest.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 1:47 PM

man, i wish i was famous enough to go to this show

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 1:57 PM

i wonder how much sirius paid him for a one night gig?

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 2:09 PM

^I would guess a mil...

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 2:12 PM

At least $500, for sure.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 2:24 PM

mr. bellameh

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 2:32 PM

Haha Ronnie the Limo Driver cameos in a few pics. Massive.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 4:50 PM

this McCartney comment thread is still a BV classic:

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2009/06/paul_mccartney_7.html

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 5:16 PM

pretty hilarious, my favorite was: MEHgical MEHystery MEH

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 5:30 PM

we need more lucas dell'abate!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 6:19 PM

@11:27 - It's a Beatle. Better than anyone ever and probably better than anyone ever.

Suck a ball.

No hyperbole shit on this one.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 6:36 PM

howard stern talked about the celeb aspect....seems to agree with a lot of the comments here:

AN EVENT FOR CELEB SUBSCRIBERS
Howard was disappointed that there were more celebrities at the event than people who work at Sirius every day: “Why is it important that Keith Richards’ daughter is two rows in front of me?” Howard said he would’ve handled things differently: “I’d rather see Jason and Will there.”
Robin also said she’d also had to search the ‘subscriber event’ for actual subscribers: “Apparently it was important for it to be star-studded.” Howard figured that this was Scott Greenstein wanted it that way, but wasn’t sure why.” Howard planned for next year: “Let’s have like an intimate party with lots of celebrities--which he really likes--and all of a sudden you’ll come over and whisper...‘No. Get out.’” Robin loved it: “And show him to his table--outside.”

howardstern.com

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 6:40 PM

Wavves > Paul McCartney

Take that to the bank and deposit it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 6:45 PM

Bank wouldn't take it. Said it was worthless. Yuk! Yuk!

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 8:13 PM

gonna date myself here but don't really care - saw Paul and some of his "friends" in August, 1965 at Shea Stadium and with Wings in 1976 - i was only a kid at the time but a lucky kid for sure ;)

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 8:25 PM

well you're certainly cool for being there at shea in 65... but all of that coolness has been cancelled out by paying to see wings in 76

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 8:10 AM

Wings - The band The Beatles could have been!

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 9:58 AM

Wings - the band Paul wanted the Beatles to be, before John smacked some sense into him

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 10:36 AM

"Man, I wish I was freezing my tits off in Harlem watching some fossil play 40 year old songs."

um, show was inside .

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 10:48 AM

@8:10am - well, do i get cool points for paying to see George Harrison's concert for Bangledesh in 1971 too? oh yeah, that's the one with John and Ringo and Clapton and so many more to mention :)

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 11:51 AM

yes you certainly do, that concert was amazing. but john wasn't there. dylan was, as was shenkar, and jim keltner and i believe klaus voorman. great show, i bet it was a trip to see that live

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 12:04 PM

@12:04pm - you got me on the John thing ;) the memory isn't what it use to be - that show was one of the firsts of the big benefit shows that followed, ie liveaid, farmaid, things like that and yes, it was 'Something' :D
i was lucky to know a security guard at MSG and he got us last minute tickets for the afternoon show behind the stage - it was amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 12:46 PM

it would have been awesome if John played on "wah-wah"... the ultimate FU to Paul... three Beatles playing together ha!

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 1:33 PM

agreed..it was an ugly time between the two of them...nice to know George and Ringo were above that kind of 'schoolhouse' fighting

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 2:07 PM

BEST. SHOW. EVER.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 7:59 PM

I wish he would play 10 nights at the Apollo.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 8:08 PM

Great show, awesome man. Paul is the best! Great photos too by you.

Posted by Dr. Beasley's | January 10, 2011 12:07 PM

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