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YOU GAVE ME THE ANSWER – Richard From England Asks

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This month Paul’s ‘One On One’ tour went stateside as he and the band performed nine incredible shows across the Empire State and nearby Newark – a real New York takeover! We can only imagine how exhausting it must be singing well around forty songs each night, never mind finding the time to hang out on and off-stage with long-time friends like Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Jimmy Fallon!

Paul often gets asked, “What’s your secret?” and, “Where do you get your energy?” to which the general response is usually good diet and exercise! Richard from England wanted to find out a little more detail, specifically in relation to Paul’s voice…

Richard asks, “How do you look after your voice, especially in the middle of a big tour?”

We caught up with Paul recently to find out:

Paul replied, “Thanks for your question, Richard. I have a couple of things I do before I go on stage, and I don’t even know if they work! But I do like – over a bowl of hot water – a steam. I do like a steaming before I go on, which I was told was probably the best thing to clear your larynx. I was taught that by watching Little Richard do it when we were kids in Hamburg. He used to do it before he went on. He’d get a kettle full of hot water in the sink, put a towel over his head, and [inhales] breathe in, get the vapours. So, I do that. It’s become part of my ritual and then I have a salt-water gargle. Again, I’m not sure if that does anything!”

PM.com: “This is all just before you go on?”

Paul: “Yeah, before I go on. Well, it’s in the hour before we go on. When I get told: “It’s time to go on!” I start that ritual and it involves those two things, which are specifically to do with the voice.

PM.com: “Have you done that ever since Hamburg?”

Paul: “No. But I remembered it since Hamburg and probably whilst I’ve been on tour with this band. So that’s like ten years. So yeah, the last ten years I’ve probably done it, and it’s become a routine.”

So there you have it, the now-not-so-secret rituals behind looking after one of the world’s most loved and recognisable voices!. Paul and the band certainly have a busy October ahead of them first heading to Detroit to end their North American run of shows, and then on to Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. We can’t wait to hear more of their wonderful voices, instruments and the deafening crowds, of course, over the coming weeks!


PAUL AT LITTLE CAESARS ARENA, DETROIT – Part II

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Paul McCartney at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

 

SETLIST:

A Hard Day’s Night
Junior’s Farm
Can’t Buy Me Love
Jet
All My Loving
Let Me Roll It
Foxey Lady (outro)
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
Lady Madonna
FourFiveSeconds
Eleanor Rigby
I Wanna Be Your Man
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
Something
A Day in the Life
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)
Helter Skelter
Birthday
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
The End

 


PAUL AT LITTLE CAESARS ARENA, DETROIT

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Paul performs during his One on One Tour at Little Caesars Arena on October 1, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan.

 


PAUL AT NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, UNIONDALE, NY

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SETLIST:

A Hard Day’s Night

Save Us
Can’t Buy Me Love
Letting Go
Drive My Car
Let Me Roll It
I’ve Got a Feeling
My Valentine
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five

Maybe I’m Amazed
I’ve Just Seen a Face
In Spite of All the Danger
You Won’t See Me
Love Me Do

And I Love Her
Blackbird
Here Today
Queenie Eye
New

Lady Madonna
FourFiveSeconds
Eleanor Rigby

I Wanna Be Your Man
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!

Something
A Day in the Life
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
Day Tripper
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
Helter Skelter
Golden Slumbers

Carry That Weight
The End

 

SOUNDCHECK:


PAUL ROCKS NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM

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Rock could not ask for a better senior statesman than Paul, who packed the best of nearly six decades of his legendary career into his “One on One” tour stop at Nassau Coliseum Tuesday night, even bringing out Billy Joel for part of the encore.

For his first Long Island show in 15 years, the 75-year-old Paul rolled through almost three hours of memories with no break, brimming with energy as he delivered everything from “In Spite of All the Danger” from his pre-Beatles band The Quarrymen to “FourFiveSeconds,” his collaboration with Kanye West and Rihanna.
“I’ve got a feeling we’re going to have some fun,” he said before a crisp version of “Can’t Buy Me Love,” buoyed by the harmonies of his exceptional four-piece backing band.


Paul was in fine voice and even better spirits, telling stories of his past and even offering some insight into his songwriting process as he showed how The Beatles classic “You Won’t See Me” was born.
Paul also explained how he wrote “Blackbird” to offer hope to those in the South during the Civil Rights movement of the ‘60s, before delivering a gorgeous version of the classic alone atop at 20-foot platform
“We know which songs you like. the place lights up like a galaxy of stars with your phones,” he said, joking about fans’ love of older material. “When we play a new song, it’s like a black hole.”
As he has for years, Paul pays tribute to John and George with tender remembrances, as well as his late wife, Linda, and producer George Martin.

Paul, who lives in East Hampton with wife Nancy Shevell, dedicated “My Valentine” to her.
But Paul still manages to bring plenty of surprises. Joel, wearing his Hicksville High School baseball cap, was all smiles as he joined Paul for raucous versions of “Get Back” and “Birthday.” Paul also threw in the bit of Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady” at the end of “Let Me Roll It” and the poignant falsetto and hip-shaking he added to the end of “And I Love Her.”


No matter what style of music he plays, Paul— who returns to Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday, the last of his six area shows this month — is the portrait of a man enjoying where he has been in his life and looking forward to where he is heading.

SETLIST:

A Hard Day’s Night
Junior’s Farm
Can’t Buy Me Love
Jet
All My Loving
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
Lady Madonna
FourFiveSeconds
Eleanor Rigby
I Wanna Be Your Man
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
Something
A Day in the Life (with Give Peace a Chance Outro)
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


PAUL AT THE CARRIER DOME, SYRACUSE, NY – 2nd Part

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