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PAUL AT AMALIE ARENA

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More than 17,000 folks of all ages who crammed into every available seat in the downtown Tampa arena on Monday night to sing along and be taken down that magical mystery tour of Paul’s life in music. And when Paul sings, people listen. And they remember. And they feel. And they react.
A three-hour journey that touched on the earliest days of his long career right up through his latest work might not have been what many in attendance were expecting out of the 75-year old performer, Macca smashed those expectations and steamrolled on with the finesse and the drive of a real seasoned pro, which is exactly what he is.
Without the aid of an opening act, Sir Paul and his four-piece band walked onto the massive, darkened stage to thunderous applause and wasted no time jumping head first into the night’s barrage of hits. Spry, slender and fit, Paul donned a dark blue blazer, white button up shirt and jeans and looked comfortable and ready and prepared for the long night ahead. The familiar opening chord of Beatles classic “A Hard Day’s Night” struck and, again, the rafters shook as every single person in the place stood and cheered loudly.
Two giant screens on either side of the stage and projected larger than life images of McCartney while colorful, geometric shapes danced on the screens at the rear of the stage. If ever there was a moment that perfectly conjured a celebratory mood, it was this opening number.
Seated nearby was ex-Hootie and the Blowfish lead singer Darius Rucker and his family who were all feverishly snapping photos of Paul on their phones and singing along to the lyrics.
Trotting around the stage, shooting peace signs and thumbs up to fans in all levels and in all sections, he somehow gives off the vibe that he’s damn glad to be there.
With every intention of pleasing everyone in the house, McCartney somehow touched on every era of his career. He turned in a sizable amount of Beatles tunes, represented his 70s output with Wings and played plenty of latter material too.
After a rousing version of 1974’s “Junior’s Farm,” Paul called for the house lights to be brought up. “This is so cool. I’m just going to take a second to drink it in,” he said as he scoped out the arena and eyed the whole crowd.
Nearly as entertaining as the music were the short, comical and sometimes poignant anecdotes Paul threw in between songs and as intros to some, including recalling a quirky mishap that occured last time he played in Tampa in 2005 when he fell into an onstage piano pit. Or the fond recollection of the late Jimi Hendrix’s live performance of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in 1967 he witnessed a few days after the album’s release. In turn, he closed out an absolutely stellar version of the deep Wings album cut, the slow-burning, guitar-heavy “Let Me Roll It” with some passages from Jimi’s “Foxey Lady.
Switching from his famous Höfner bass, to a cranked up colorful Gibson Les Paul guitar, to a grand piano, an upright piano to acoustic guitar, there wasn’t much Paul didn’t play during the marathon show. He even whipped out a ukulele and delivered a loving, heartfelt tribute to George and revealed what an accomplished uke player he was. “He even gave me this one” Paul said as he held up the tiny stringed instrument. And, with that, he paid George the ultimate honor by performing “Something”. One of the night’s many lump-in-the-throat moments came during the tune as vintage photos of Paul and George washed on the screens behind him in what turned into a spirited sing-along.
Paul threw in the romantic “My Valentine” from his 2012 album Kisses On The Bottom.
In an absolute wow moment, he introduced “Temporary Secretary” from his 1980 McCartney II album, “I Wanna Be Your Man,” a song that Paul introduced with a charming story about taking a cab ride with songwriting partner and bandmate John Lennon along with Rolling Stones songwriting duo Keith Richards and Mick Jagger many moons ago. John and Paul gave the song to the Stones to record and it was their first no. 1 hit, he remembered.
As he began a version of “Blackbird,” Paul recalled a different time when the civil rights movement deeply affected him and how he’d hoped the song would inspire people in places like Arkansas and Alabama to maybe take the song’s message to heart. And, with that, the platform he stood upon rose twenty feet in the air and lifted him high above the stage he’d just stood on. His message and his song were played as he rose in the arena. Another of the night’s many moving moments.
And, just like he began and just like he carried out, the end of the night was another non-stop frenzy of great songs and sigh-inducing moments that conjured tons of warm fuzzies and spontaneously caused goosebumps among many in the crowd…myself certainly included.
“Live And Let Die” and an emotion-filled rendition of “Hey Jude”,as the returned to the stage for the night’s powerhouse encores, each held a flagpole and waved their respective flags joyously before picking up their instruments again. An American Flag, a British Union Jack flag, a Florida flag and a Pride flag were all represented.
Winding up with a kickass version of “Get Back” (along with a local Lakeland mom and son team who Paul invited to dance onstage) with the suite of “Golden Slumbers”/”Carry That Weight”/”The End” was fitting. “We’ll see you next time,” Paul shouted before vanishing from the stage.
SETLIST:

Paul McCartney Setlist (Amalie Arena — Tampa, Florida)

A Hard Day’s Night

Junior’s Farm

Can’t Buy Me Love
Jet
Temporary Secretary
Let Me Roll It
I’ve Got a Feeling
My Valentine
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
Blackbird
Here Today
Queenie Eye
New
The Fool on the Hill
Lady Madonna
FourFiveSeconds
Eleanor Rigby
I Wanna Be Your Man
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

Yesterday
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
Hi, Hi, Hi
Get Back
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
The End


PAUL IN MIAMI

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Paul, was seen shaving on a hotel balcony in Miami, hours before his One on One tour performance on Saturday.

Paul recently announced he will tour Australia as a solo artist for the first time since 1993. Paul will commence his tour in Perth on December 2, followed by Melbourne on December 5, Brisbane on December 9 and Sydney on December 11. He will then travel to Auckland.


PAUL AT AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA IN MIAMI

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Paul ‘s concert at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena on Friday, July 7, opened a new U.S. leg of his globe-trotting One On One tour. It was the first South Florida concert by the Beatles’ legend since his Up & Coming concert at Sun Life Stadium in 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SETLIST:

A Hard Day’s Night

Save Us
Can’t Buy Me Love
Letting Go
Temporary Secretary
Let Me Roll It
Foxy Lady
I’ve Got a Feeling
My Valentine
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
Blackbird
Here Today
Queenie Eye
New
The Fool on the Hill
Lady Madonna
FourFiveSeconds
Eleanor Rigby
I Wanna Be Your Man
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:
Yesterday
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
Hi, Hi, Hi
Birthday (for his Dad’s birthday and Ringo Starr’s)
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
The End


JOHN MET PAUL FOR THE FIRST TIME ON THIS DAY 60 YEARS AGO

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Saturday 6 July 1957 was a pivotal day for the history of modern music: it was the day that John Lennon met Paul McCartney for the first time.
In the afternoon the Quarrymen skiffle group played at the garden fete of St Peter’s Church, Woolton, Liverpool. The performance took place on a stage in a field behind the church. In the band were Lennon (vocals, guitar), Eric Griffiths (guitar), Colin Hanton (drums), Rod Davies (banjo), Pete Shotton (washboard) and Len Garry (tea chest bass).

Julia Baird said: “The group arrived on the back of a lorry. As well as music, there were craft and cake stalls, games of hoop-la, police dog demonstrations and the traditional crowning of the Rose Queen. The fete was a highlight of the year for the residents of the sleepy Liverpool district. The entertainment began at two p.m. with the opening procession, which entailed one or two wonderfully festooned lorries crawling at a snail’s pace through the village on their ceremonious way to the Church field. The first lorry carried the Rose Queen, seated on her throne, surrounded by her retinue, all dressed in pink and white satin, sporting long ribbons and hand-made roses in their hair. These girls had been chosen from the Sunday school groups, on the basis of age and good behaviour.The following lorry carried various entertainers, including the Quarry Men. The boys were up there on the back of the moving lorry trying to stay upright and play their instruments at the same time. John gave up battling with balance and sat with his legs hanging over the edge, playing his guitar and singing. He continued all through the slow, slow journey as the lorry puttered its way along. Jackie and I leaped alongside the lorry, with our mother laughing and waving at John, making him laugh. He seemed to be the only one who was really trying to play and we were really trying to put him off!”

 

Rod Davis, still today a member of The Quarrymen that was John´s band on that day in 1957 — and he will perform again this week — said in an interview to BEATLES MAGAZINE he didn’t recall Paul McCartney. “I don’t remember seeing Paul at all that day. I remember seeing Ivan Vaughan, who was the lad who brought him, but I don’t remember seeing Paul.” READ THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW … HERE.

That evening the group were due to play again, minus Colin Hanton, this time at the Grand Dance in the church hall on the other side of the road. They were due on stage at 8pm, and admission to the show, in which the Quarrymen alternated on stage with the George Edwards Band, was two shillings.
While setting up their equipment to play, the Quarrymen’s sometime tea-chest bass player, Ivan Vaughan, introduced the band to one of his classmates from Liverpool Institute, the 15-year-old Paul McCartney.
This historic occasion was the first time McCartney met John Lennon, a year his senior. McCartney wore a white jacket with silver flecks, and a pair of black drainpipe trousers.
The pair chatted for a few minutes, and McCartney showed Lennon how to tune a guitar – the instruments owned by Lennon and Griffiths were in G banjo tuning. McCartney then sang Eddie Cochran’s Twenty Flight Rock and Gene Vincent’s Be-Bop-A-Lula, along with a medley of songs by Little Richard.

 

Paul said:”I remember coming into the fete and seeing all the sideshows. And also hearing all this great music wafting in from this little Tannoy system. It was John and the band.I remember I was amazed and thought, ‘Oh great’, because I was obviously into the music. I remember John singing a song called Come Go With Me. He’d heard it on the radio. He didn’t really know the verses, but he knew the chorus. The rest he just made up himself.I just thought, ‘Well, he looks good, he’s singing well and he seems like a great lead singer to me.’ Of course, he had his glasses off, so he really looked suave. I remember John was good. He was really the only outstanding member, all the rest kind of slipped away.” (1995)
John was equally impressed with McCartney, who showed natural talent for singing songs that the Quarrymen worked hard to accomplish. McCartney also recalled performing on the church hall piano.
“I also knocked around on the backstage piano and that would have been A Whole Lot Of Shakin’ by Jerry Lee. That’s when I remember John leaning over, contributing a deft right hand in the upper octaves and surprising me with his beery breath. It’s not that I was shocked, it’s just that I remember this particular detail.” “At Woolton village fete I met him. I was a fat schoolboy and, as he leaned an arm on my shoulder, I realised he was drunk. We were twelve then, but, in spite of his sideboards, we went on to become teenage pals.”

Programme for the Woolton Parish Church garden fete, Liverpool, 6 July 1957 The Quarrymen’s set, remarkably, was recorded by an audience member, Bob Molyneux, on his portable Grundig reel-to-reel tape recorder. In 1994 Molyneux, then a retired policeman, rediscovered the tape, which contained scratchy recordings of the band performing Lonnie Donegan’s Puttin’ On The Style and Elvis Presley’s Baby, Let’s Play House.

 

The tape was sold on 15 September 1994 at Sotheby’s for £78,500. At the time it was the most expensive recording ever sold at auction. The winning bidder was EMI Records, who considered if for release as part of the Anthology project, but chose not to as the sound quality was substandard.
After the Quarrymen’s show the group, along with Ivan Vaughan and Paul,went to a Woolton pub where they lied about their ages to get served.
Later on, John and Pete Shotton discussed the young McCartney, and whether to invite him to join their group. They decided Paul would be an asset, and roughly two weeks later Shotton encountered McCartney cycling through Woolton. Paul mulled over the invitation to join, and eventually agreed to join the Quarrymen’s ranks.

 

 

 


PAUL:“I THINK IT’S THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BEATLES ALBUM..” (SGT.PEPPER)

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Earlier june, the new stereo mix of the Beatles‘ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band hit Number One on the UK album charts and topped out at Number Three in the U.S. Despite the hoopla and the accolades the album has received upon its 50th anniversary.
 During a chat with Mojo, Paul was asked the inevitable question and explained, “I think it’s the most influential Beatles album… Perhaps it’s the most important, but not necessarily the best. Revolver had some special moments on it. What’s called ‘The White Album’ had some very important moments on it. And Abbey Road. There are other albums as good in different ways. But Pepper is the most noticeable Beatles album because it was so different, and such a change from what was going on at the time.”
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Paul McCartney tour dates:
July 7 – Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena
July 10 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
July 13 – Duluth, GA – Infinite Energy Center
July 15 – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center
July 19 – Wichita, KS – Intrust Bank Arena
July 21 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
July 23 – Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center Omaha
July 25, 27 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
September 11, 12 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
September 15, 17 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden Arena
September 19, 21 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
September 23 – Syracuse, NY – Carrier Dome
September 26, 27 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
October 1, 2 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
October 13 – Porto Alegre, Brazil – Estadio Beira-Rio
October 15 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Allianz Parque
October 17 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil – Mineirao Stadium
October 20 – Salvador, Brazil – Itaipava Arena – Fonte Nova
October 24 – Medellin, Colombia – Atanasio Girardit Stadium
December 2 – Perth Australia, WA Nib Stadium
December 5  – Melbourne Australia – AAMI Park
December 9 – Brisbane Australia – Suncorp Stadium
December 11 –  Sydney Australia – Qudos Bank Arena
December 16 – Auckland – Mt Smart Stadium


PAUL McCARTNEY ADDS SECOND AND FINAL MELBOURNE + SYDNEY SHOWS

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PAUL McCARTNEY
ADDS SECOND AND FINAL
MELBOURNE + SYDNEY SHOWS
TO ‘ONE ON ONE’ TOUR – ON SALE TODAY

2nd December: nib Stadium, Perth, WA
5th December: AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
6th December: AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
9th December: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD
11th December: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW
12th December: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW
16th December: Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, NZ
Due to overwhelming demand in the pre-sale, second and final Paul McCartney shows have been added in Melbourne and Sydney!
Returning to Australia for the first time since 1993, enormous demand saw tens of thousands of tickets snapped up during pre-sale.
The second concerts at Melbourne’s AAMI Park on Wednesday 6 December and Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on Tuesday 12 December will be the last chance for fans to secure tickets and will be available in the general on-sale on Tuesday 4 July noon AEST and 5pm AEST respectively.
Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, 21-time Grammy Award winner and recipient of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire Paul McCartney is bringing his acclaimed long-running ‘One On One’ Tour to Australia and New Zealand this December.