Paul McCartney began his eight-night NYC-area run at the Prudential Center last night (9/11). He's doing two nights there, two at MSG, two at Barclays Center, and two at Nassau Coliseum. 55 years since the release of The Beatles' debut single "Love Me Do" (which Paul played last night), Paul remains one of the most fantastic rock performers in the world. His 38-song setlist was similar to most of his recent tours, kicking off with "A Hard Day's Night" right into "Save Us" off his latest album (Paul is actually working on a new album this year but the "new" songs at last night's show were still all from 2013's New). Then he proceeded to fill his set with tons of Beatles, Wings, and solo classics, like "Can't Buy Me Love," "Let Me Roll It," "Maybe I'm Amazed," "We Can Work It Out," "You Won't See Me," "Love Me Do," "And I Love Her," "Blackbird," "Lady Madonna," "Eleanor Rigby," "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," and more. As he often does, he ended his pre-encore set with the epic one-two-three punch of crowdpleasing ballad "Let It Be," the pyrotechnics-assisted "Live and Let Die," and the massive singalong of "Hey Jude."
Then he returned for an encore and, given the day, he honored the the victims of the September 11, 2001 tragedy before playing "Yesterday" (as you can see in the photo above and video below.) He ended the encore in his usual epic fashion, with a segment of Side B of Abbey Road (culminating, of course, in "The End"). Check out the full setlist and a bunch of videos from last night's show, below.
The run continues at Prudential Center tonight (9/12), followed by the MSG, Barclays Center, and Nassau Coliseum shows. You can still get tickets.
Two Beatles albums, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour, turn 50 this year, and both are on our list of The 50 Best Psychedelic Rock Albums of the Summer of Love.
Paul McCartney @ Prudential Center - 9/11/17 Setlist (via)
A Hard Day's Night
Can't Buy Me Love
Let Me Roll It
I've Got a Feeling
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
Maybe I'm Amazed
We Can Work It Out
In Spite of All the Danger
You Won't See Me
Love Me Do
And I Love Her
FourFiveSeconds (Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney song)
I Wanna Be Your Man
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
Band on the Run
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Let It Be
Live and Let Die
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
Hi, Hi, Hi
Carry That Weight