Posted in music | pictures on July 17, 2011

photos by Dana (Distortion) Yavin, review by Andrew Sacher

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Paul McCartney played his second of two shows at Yankee Stadium Saturday night (7/16). Like the first night, the 35+ song set was Beatles-heavy. Unlike the first night, Billy Joel showed up and performed "I Saw Her Standing There" with Paul during the first encore on Saturday. A set of pictures from Saturday are in this post. Both setslists are also below.

Twentysomething Andrew Sacher was there on Friday, seeing Paul live for the first time. Here is his review...

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Paul McCartney made his Yankee Stadium debut on Friday (7/15). HIs set, as noted, was majority Beatles songs with a number of Wings songs, some solo cuts and the Fireman track, 'Sing the Changes." To put it bluntly, The Beatles are the band that I (and many, many others) have probably heard more times than any other band in history. Hearing Beatles songs, while always great, is not nearly a rare occurrence. But as Paul and his band performed their material, I couldn't stop thinking this is the guy who wrote these songs. As someone who never really thought about going to see Paul McCartney live before these shows were announced, the whole thing was actually surreal.

Before Paul went into "All My Loving," he said, "Here's an old one you might remember," and as soon as the song took off, video clips of The Beatles in their early days showed up on the screen behind the stage. Seeing those clips in contrast to where Paul is at now, standing before them in real life at age 69, made the experience even more staggering. And on top of that, Paul hasn't aged a bit. Nothing about the show was dated at all. Paul's voice and musicianship were totally intact, his band was excellent, and the clips/images/visuals screening on the stage's backdrop were widely appealing. The sound at Yankee Stadium was also amazing, and Paul had no problem delivering to the extremely large venue.

Though almost every song in the set was written by Paul, he also paid tribute to his late Beatle-bandmates John and George. He brought out a ukulele for one song and told a story about how George Harrison had a period where he was really into ukuleles. During that period, Paul went to George's house and said, "I've learned one of your songs on ukulele, do you want to play it with me?" Then Paul proceeded to play us the song on his ukulele, which ended up being one of Harrison's Abbey Road contributions, "Something." About halfway through the song, he was joined by the rest of his band for a rendition closer to the Beatles original.

Paul prefaced the song "Here Today" by telling the crowd that sometimes in life you want to apologize to someone but before you do, you realize it's too late. He said that the song is written about a conversation between him and John Lennon that they never got to have. This was actually my first time hearing the song, but the story behind it and the song's lyrics left an immediate impact on me. Paul then paid even more tribute to John later in the set when he took the joint McCartney/Lennon track "A Day in the Life" directly into Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance."

The medley of those two tracks began what largely appeared as the 'end of the set.' While most shows I go to save a single or an epic track to end the [pre-encore] set, sometimes even two, Paul McCartney and his band end their shows with four climactic performances. In "A Day in the Life"'s psychedelic crescendo, smoke filled the stage and the images on screen swirled into trippy visuals before abruptly clearing up as Paul's peppy piano-led offering to the song kicked in. Once the upbeat Paul McCartney found his way upstairs and had a smoke, and somebody spoke and he went into a dream, the visuals kicked back in, and after soaking that up, Paul and his band drifted into "all we are saying is 'give peace a chance.'"

They calmed things down for a bit with the captivating "Let It Be," which reached the same level of grandiosity by the song's end. That was followed by the best Wings track of the night, "Live and Let Die." The song started off soft as usual, and as soon as the heavy orchestral break exploded, flames shot up in front of the stage, which were joined by fireworks once the drums kicked in. Paul McCartney and his band then ended the set with the crowd sing-along "Hey Jude."

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The band returned for two encores, both consisting entirely of Beatles material. Paul began the second encore with the most recorded song in history, "Yesterday." He was accompanied by no more than his own acoustic guitar and his keyboard player (who had some of the most realistic instrument replication I've ever heard) taking care of George Martin's string arrangements. After mesmerizing the entire audience with the song, the rest of the band walked on stage to kick things up to a way harder level with "Helter Skelter." The show then ended with a chunk of Abbey Road's b-side medley; "Golden Slumbers"/"Carry That Weight"/"The End," which Paul recently started doing in place of ending his sets with "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)"/"The End."

Both setlists and more pictures from Saturday night, below...

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Paul McCartney Concert at Yankee Stadium, New York, NY, USA
Setlist on July 16, 2011

Magical Mystery Tour (The Beatles song)
Jet (Wings song)
All My Loving (The Beatles song)
Junior's Farm
(Paul McCartney & Wings song)
Drive My Car (The Beatles song)
Sing the Changes
(The Fireman song)
The Night Before (The Beatles song)
Let Me Roll It (Wings song)
Foxy Lady
(The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover) (instrumental)
Paperback Writer (The Beatles song)
The Long and Winding Road (The Beatles song)
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five (Wings song)
Let 'Em In (Wings song)
Maybe I'm Amazed
I'm Looking Through You (The Beatles song)
I Will
Blackbird (The Beatles song)
Here Today
Dance Tonight
Mrs Vanderbilt (Wings song)
Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles song)
Something (The Beatles song)
Band on the Run (Wings song)
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (The Beatles song)
Back in the U.S.S.R. (The Beatles song)
I've Got a Feeling (The Beatles song)
A Day in the Life / Give Peace A Chance
Let It Be (The Beatles song)
Live and Let Die (Paul McCartney & Wings song)
Hey Jude (The Beatles song)

Encore:
Lady Madonna (The Beatles song)
I Saw Her Standing There (The Beatles song) (with Billy Joel)
Get Back (The Beatles song)

Encore 2:
Yesterday (The Beatles song)
Helter Skelter (The Beatles song)
Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End (The Beatles song)
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Paul McCartney Concert at Yankee Stadium, New York, NY, USA
Setlist on July 15, 2011

Hello, Goodbye (The Beatles song)
Junior's Farm (Paul McCartney & Wings song)
All My Loving (The Beatles song)
Jet (Wings song)
Drive My Car (The Beatles song)
Sing the Changes (The Fireman song)
The Night Before (The Beatles song)
Let Me Roll It (Foxy Lady ending)
Paperback Writer (The Beatles song)
The Long and Winding Road (The Beatles song)
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five (Wings song)
Let 'Em In (Wings song)
Maybe I'm Amazed
I've Just Seen a Face (The Beatles song)
I Will (The Beatles song)
Blackbird (The Beatles song)
Here Today
Dance Tonight
Mrs Vandebilt (Wings song)
Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles song)
Something (The Beatles song)
Band on the Run (Wings song)
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (The Beatles song)
Back in the U.S.S.R. (The Beatles song)
I've Got a Feeling (The Beatles song)
A Day in the Life / Give Peace A Chance
Let It Be (The Beatles song)
Live and Let Die (Paul McCartney & Wings song)
Hey Jude (The Beatles song)

Encore:
Lady Madonna (The Beatles song)
Day Tripper (The Beatles song)
Get Back (The Beatles song)

Encore 2:
Yesterday (The Beatles song)
Helter Skelter (The Beatles song)
Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End (The Beatles song)
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Comments (67)

As a preemptive strike against any obnoxious comments, it's Paul freakin' McCartney. Show some respect.

(Friday's show was amazing btw.)

Posted by Dan | July 17, 2011 11:54 PM


show was great... yankee stadium serves hummus, wtf?!

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2011 11:55 PM

i am gay for paul

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 12:17 AM

Double Dose !!

Posted by eretz tzion | July 18, 2011 12:22 AM

Yawn. Thought this guy died a long time ago.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 12:22 AM

Yeah, I saw a Yankees game a couple months ago, and I tried the hummus. It wasn't bad either, but at $7.50, I was hoping it came with an autographed Jeter ball!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 12:23 AM

I was at the Saturday show and found it enjoyable. It was my first time seeing Paul, and I must say that that is why I found it enjoyable and I doubt I would go out of my way to see him again. The fact of the matter is that he seems to play the same setlist every show, and that was true in comparing this show to the ones I've seen on palladia. My friend who was at the show with me could literally guess the next song in the set almost every time (until I made him stop). I also find his stories to be less endearing and generally rather stereotypical. I love and miss George and John, but I feel like his stories regarding them are less heartfelt and more just telling the crowd what they want to hear. While I respect that George may have been a huge fan of the ukulele, I think that Something is just simply better regularly. In conclusion, Paul's shows just seem kind of robotic at this point, and while I enjoyed going to the concert (especially at Yankee Stadium, a great venue with a great atmosphere!) it wasn't anything stunning.

P.S. Billy Joel appearance was pretty awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 12:41 AM

12:41a I think you discredited your post with the BJ comment.

So Paul was robotic & so-so & Billy Joel was a highlight? Weak, my friend.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 12:53 AM

damn son i'm hatin on myself right about now because i slept on these tickets and missed it! i'm far from hatin' on a livin legend and all my co-fans who saw what looked to be a spectacular show, though.

Posted by frustrated with haters | July 18, 2011 1:01 AM

yo wait a minute #onsomerealshit though 12:53 are you out of your fuckin mind?? how can you hate on the piano man himself...discredit my ass, billy joel is a voice of the people. you my (non)friend are an alien, livin a lie in your rubbery skin, if you cannot give proper credit to billy joel.

Posted by frustrated with haters | July 18, 2011 1:03 AM

Haha, harsh diss on the (non) friend. Gotta love comment board feuds

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:19 AM

12:41 here: re-reading that I just want to clarify that it was a really fun time and I would recommend attending a McCartney show at least once if you get the chance (especially since it's anyone's guess how many more tours he's got left). I think a better term than robotic would be manufactured, because anybody who sees his show couldn't fault his energy.

RE: Billy Joel -- I just thought it was cool that Billy Joel made an appearance, even if he only played as part of one song (personally I would've loved an "Only the Good Die Young" duet, would've been a real cool track to dedicate to George and John, and something different than the tributes Paul usually plays.) I've never actually seen Joel love but I could see some of the criticisms that I've used on Paul being similar in the case of BJ. It just comes with the territory of being uber-famous with incredible catalogs: falling into a formulaic show.

Love McCartney and his music, just thought I'd give my two cents on how he is as a LIVE act.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:28 AM

beautiful

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:58 AM

I wish I could understand the passion that people still have for the Beatles. Don't get me wrong, the quality of their work assures that it will outlive all of us, but when something has been as ubiquitous as their music has been, for so long, I can't help but be ambivalent. It's like getting excited about Pop Tarts or Coca Cola.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:47 AM

My favorite comment this weekend regarding the Beatles came from Alec Baldwin on twitter responding to a tweet, Baldwin: " '@tpro74: @AlecBaldwin George,Ringo, John, Paul ...I do not like the Beatles...not at all.' You obviously are missing two ears and a heart."

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 3:05 AM

I went to 2 shows on the last tour, and these 2 new setlists seem almost the exact list as citifield.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 3:29 AM

billy joel fucking sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 7:05 AM

Billy Joel is a good friend of Paul's and very much respected by him. Paul has called Billy the best songwriter in popular music since the Beatles split up. If he thinks that highly of him that is one hell of a compliment. McCartney's opinion certainly trumps any of the negative comments here.

Posted by Terry | July 18, 2011 7:36 AM

Billy Joel & Elton John. The favorite music of dentists.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 7:56 AM

Billy Joel is greta and so is Paul solid careers with a few misteps but that is understandable with 40+ years int he music business. Both put on great shows that the fans keep coming back for. Nothing wrong with that!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 7:59 AM

Whoops except my typos! :)

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 7:59 AM

SHOW OF THE YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 8:30 AM

Sir Paul McFartney

Posted by Deano | July 18, 2011 8:50 AM

the set lists are outrageous!!! wish I went...

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 8:56 AM

i am kicking myself now for not going to this. i never even thought to go. dang.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 9:03 AM

Macca is the only vegan of the four Beatles.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 9:09 AM

vegan or vegetarian? I thought he was vegetarian?

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 9:11 AM

The drummer of the band is fun to watch...Anyone else though think he looks like King Hippo from Mike Tysons Punch Out?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Hippo

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 9:12 AM

Alec Baldwin was at Friday's show. I saw him in the DKNY lounge getting a drink with us commoners.

Posted by Dan | July 18, 2011 9:20 AM

John Lennon was overrated and not a vegan.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 9:21 AM

George Harrison was underated and ate meat!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 9:28 AM

what's everyone's top 5 favorite Beatles solo albums? here's mine:

1) plastic ono band - john lennon
2) all things must pass - george harrison
3) imagine - john lennon
4) ram - paul mccartney
5) i dunno but not any of ringo's solo stuff

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 9:31 AM

1) double fantasy - lennon
2) rock and roll - lennon
3) wedding album - lennon
4) 2 virgins - lennon
5) life with the lions - lennon

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 9:46 AM

I was going to go, but they stopped me at the door ... seems that I don't make >$130k/yr, I still have hair, I don't have a muffin top, and I'm not a lawyer.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 9:46 AM

i was in the nosebleeds, and this was the best show I've ever seen!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 9:47 AM

All Things-Harrison
Shaved Fish-Lennon

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 9:50 AM

@12:41 - You really need to shut up and never post on this site ever again. Your words do not mean much, as you are a Billy Joel fan. The show was fantastic and when Joel came out, that was the only strike on the night. He is an awful musician and human being. He needs to go away, as do you.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 9:57 AM

^^^ 11 year old

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 10:16 AM

Drummer Abe Laboriel is the man. Total pro, great entertainer, and has played with more people than your mother.

Posted by the jim | July 18, 2011 10:21 AM

9:57 I'm not saying I'm a huge Billy Joel fan or anything (I spent most of my teenage years making fun of him), but to say he's an "awful musician" is just ignorant.

Posted by chris g | July 18, 2011 10:28 AM

can we be honest here? Paul really needs to start playing all his new material and stop with the Beatles stuff. His current solo albums are SO amazing! If only he'd do a show of all new music.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 10:36 AM

@ 10:28 - Was not an ignorant statement. It is the truth!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 10:40 AM

Abe Laboriel is way overrated, like John Lennon.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 10:54 AM

Anyone saying that John Lennon is overrated is either (a) woefully musically ignorant or (b) trolling.
I'm going with (b).

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 11:25 AM

everyone on this blog is (a) woefully musically ignorant.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 12:41 PM

@ 9:12 AM....

Good call on the drummer, but I think he looked more the cartoon drummer from Gorillaz.

Posted by Ron | July 18, 2011 12:42 PM

12:42...yeah I'll give you the drummer from Gorillaz too!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 12:52 PM

that drummer farts HUGE!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 12:53 PM

This show was absolutely amazing, from start to finish. Paul has not lost a thing.
His energy was as good or better than any rocker out there - not good for his age - just good or better than any rocker period.

Never paused for water.

Hit every note.

Communicated with the audience.

Rocked the night.

Anyone who missed this show should kick himself.

Anyone who was there should thank the Lord we have a Paul McCartney in our midst.

My teenage kids liked it as much as I did.

My daughter told me "Maybe I'm Amazed'that I liked this so much. McCartney was
amazing."

Posted by Bill | July 18, 2011 1:01 PM

It was INCREDIBLE!!

Posted by Nancy | July 18, 2011 1:07 PM

YOu can all suck it

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:28 PM

no really...suck it

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:32 PM

so to one of the above reviewers - it was your first time seeing Paul, yet the setlist was the same and stories tired? If you've never seen him, how can either thing be possible? Unless sitting in your mom's basement keeping track of setlists on the internet counts as a life experience these days

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:47 PM

if you are kicking yourself for missing this show, do not worry they will be back next summer.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:16 PM

Junior's Farm.

That's the deal right there.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:28 PM

I must agree, Paul McCartney had tremendous energy on stage. And I am gonna go out on a limb here and presume his vegetarian lifestyle allows him to enjoy the energetic properties of the phyto-nutrients locked within the chickpea. His hip thrusting was amazing!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 3:01 PM

That drummer FARTS.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 3:11 PM

Billy Joel, the soundtrack for going through menopause

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 3:39 PM

two wishes...
First Paul McCartney and Billy Joel should do an album together. It seems like they could push each other to come up with some fantastic NEW music.
Second, while Michael Jackson is a great artist, but the Beatles catalog should be managed by the surviving Beatles and their heirs.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 5:04 PM

10:36

can we be honest here? the majority of people want to hear an ex-Beatle play Beatles songs. not that we're against his new songs, but, as you say, 'let's be honest here'. you're in the minority if you seriously have a PROBLEM with him playing Beatles songs.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 6:02 PM

I have a problem with him playing the same beatles songs as did on tour 2 years ago, especially the same standard ones.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 6:40 PM

Rutles > Beatles

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 7:29 PM

i wonder what paul thinks of the world today, vs when he was a young beatle.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 3:52 PM

Wonderful. I was there with my son. We both loved the show.

Posted by John B. Lee | July 19, 2011 10:36 PM

Great photos regardless of what you thought of the show!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 8:26 PM

@1:01pm, "never paused for water"

You are a douche, if you like the music fine, but dont gush over it, you are what irritates me about society

I hope your children are raped, then get cancer, and nobody offers them water.

DIE YOU DOUCHE-STER SCUM.

Fuck off and die, I really hope your children ARE raped.

Posted by Die Hipster | July 28, 2011 11:39 AM

Some real emotion in these comments but perhaps some people lost sight of the concert.

Always great to see Sir Paul - changed the world with his music as part of the Beatles and still giving to his audience even now.

Posted by Alaska Cruise | November 7, 2011 9:08 AM

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