Looks like the forefathers of Rock n’ Roll are showing that the young ones still have a lot to live up to. With the Rolling Stones putting on some great shows over the last year, and continuing in that fashion with the beginning of their most recent tour, Paul McCartney is the latest legend to strut his stuff on the live stage. In the opening show of his Out There tour in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, “Macca” who will be turning 71 on June 18th, busted out several rarities during his 36-song set. Yes, that is correct. 36 SONGS! Granted, the songs aren’t exactly jam vehicles to go on an exploration with, but the man plays for almost two and a half hours, part of which he tells awesome stories that have you captivated from the moment he lets out the first syllable.
The show on Saturday night opened with “Eight Days a Week”, which was the the Beatles #1 Hit from 1965, and played only once live by the band. With that being only the second time in its history played live, McCartney busted out some first-timers as well, including “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” off Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, “Your Mother Should Know” (off Magical Mystery Tour), “All Together Now,” and “Lovely Rita” which appeared in the first encore. Other rarities included a the Wings numbers “Listen To What The Man Said” and “Hi, Hi, Hi” which were both performed live with his solo band for the first time. He also played “We Can Work It Out” for the first time since the Glastonbury Festival in 2004.
If this show was any indication of how this tour might unfold, expect more updates as the shows go on. Paul McCartney puts on a great live show, and always enjoyed playing in the live setting (despite the Beatles decision to stop touring in 1966). Macca will be making his way to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on June 8th and 10th. If there ever was a bucket list show, this is it.
“Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite”:
“Eight Days A Week”:
Here is the setlist from the Paul McCartney show – Saturday, May 4, Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte
Eight Days A Week
All My Loving
Listen To What The Man Said
Let Me Roll It
Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five
The Long And Winding Road
Maybe I’m Amazed
Hope Of Deliverance
We Can Work It Out
And I Love Her
Your Mother Should Know
All Together Now
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
Band on the Run
Hi, Hi, Hi
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Let It Be
Live And Let Die
Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End
(Thanks to JamBase for the tour update)