The POP Music Journal of Eric Turnbow
(Concert Event) Paul McCartney World Tour: NOVEMBER 03, 2005. Thursday in Seattle at the KeyArena
Paul McCartney World Tour: NOVEMBER 03, 2005. Thursday in Seattle at the Key Arena. (In attendance were Eric Turnbow and The Late Great Romain Helke)!
8:25pm: 20 minute DJ Disco Paul Mix. This set was very
clever with a DJ man playing a Re-mix of some
McCartney Classics, disco style. The graphics
on the screen were psychedelic with strobes and
colour. Quite inventive. I want that CD!
8:55pm: 10 minute movie narrated by Sir Paul. Good.
8:45pm: Opener: Magical Mystery Tour (Paul on Hofner)
Flaming Pie (Paul pauses do “drink it all in”)
I’ll Get You in the end (Paul set this song up
by saying “If you remember this song then
you were not there).
Drive my car (Sang at Super bowl)
Till There was you (Ancient cabaret style)
Let Me Roll It (2 minute Hendrix jam at end
to Foxy Lady with Paul on his Les Paul)
Got to get you into my life
Fine Line (Paul on piano. Title Song from new cd. Paul mentions he fell
into the piano pit on the 2nd night)
Maybe I’m Amazed (Classic live wings!)
Long and Winding Road (An Eric Favourite)
Solo Guitar: The Living room set:
In Spite of all the Pain (1958 acetate with the guys splitting the record fee! The member kept it 23 years instead of sharing it. He was to keep it for one
week. This track is featured on Beatles Anthology)
Jenny Wren (New cd. in the style
For No One(Paul on the piano with band)
Fixin’ a Hole
English Tea (New cd, “Chaos and Creation)
in the back yard”. Paul loves his
cup of tea.
Follow Me (New cd. Paul dedicated this
to his wife Heather and their 2
year old daughter, Beatrice!)
I’ll follow the sun (Old Beatle shocker)
Bach Classical Guitar Piece (Acoustic)
Blackbird (Paul explains he wrote this song adapted the Bach Piece)
Too Many People (This was a huge highlight from the first solo Paul on Hofner Bass. Unexpected song)
She came in through the bathroom window
Good Day Sunshine (Paul explains they woke up the space shuttle with this track. Shows pictures of the shuttle)
Band On The Run
I Got a Feeling! (Another unexpected
highlight! One of my favourites )
Back in the USSR
Hey Jude ( This required a lot of Crowd
participation. Paul directing)
10:55pm Live and let Die (Last official song.
special effects and fire and bangs
11:00p FIRST ENCORE: “Yesterday” Paul plays the Epiphone guitar he used on Ed Sullivan”.
11:05pm SECOND ENCORE: “Get Back”
11:10pm THIRD ENCORE: “Helter Skelter” (This
was a highlight! Rockin’!)
11:16pm FOURTH ENCORE: “Please please me”
Sound & unexpected. Short and very sweet. Paul came out flying a large American flag.)
11:20pm FIFTH ENCORE: “Let It Be” Good one. with a Special painted piano!
11:25 SIXTH ENCORE: “Sargent Peppers Reprise” This was the perfect ending “We’re sorry but it’s time to go”
FINAL ENCORE: “The end”.
This show was a whopping 2 hours and 40 minutes with another 35 minutes of “Opening agenda”. It was by far the best show I have seen by him, and I have caught 4 other tours, 1976Wings in the King dome, 1990 “Flowers in the dirt” Tour in the King dome, The “Driving Rain” Tour in 2002 at the Tacoma Dome, and the “USA Tour 2005″ to promote the new cd “Chaos and Creation in the back Yard). I’m telling you, I was a kid in a candy store and I thought I had died and gone to heaven! Out of some 38 songs, 24 of them were Beatles. He really looked and sounded great. Not a 63 year old at all in the least. He was pumped up and in full spirits. I give this show the HIGHEST RATING I possibly could. He pulled out all the stops. My thumb is way, way up! You Go Paul! I will definitely try to go see him again live if there is another tour in the future. He is also, contrary to popular belief, very HUMBLE! I kid you not.What a sense of humour as well. He is welcome for dinner at my house any time! He is a strict veggie you know. But oh can he ever write songs! That is his best gift! Sir Paul? You better believe it! He ROCKS!
McCartney Tour Dates 2005
Fri 09/16/05 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
Sat 09/17/05 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
Tue 09/20/05 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
Thu 09/22/05 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
Fri 09/23/05 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
Mon 09/26/05 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden (Fleet
Tue 09/27/05 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden (Fleet
Fri 09/30/05 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Sat 10/01/05 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Tue 10/04/05 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Wed 10/05/05 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Sat 10/08/05 Washington, DC MCI Center
Mon 10/10/05 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Fri 10/14/05 Auburn Hills, MI Palace Of Auburn Hills
Sat 10/15/05 Auburn Hills, MI Palace Of Auburn Hills
Tue 10/18/05 Chicago, IL United Center
Wed 10/19/05 Chicago, IL United Center
Sat 10/22/05 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
Sun 10/23/05 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
Wed 10/26/05 Saint Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Thu 10/27/05 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
Sun 10/30/05 Omaha, NE Qwest Center Omaha
Tue 11/01/05 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Thu 11/03/05 Seattle, WA KeyArena at Seattle Center
Fri 11/04/05 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena
Mon 11/07/05 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion At San Jose
Tue 11/08/05 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion At San Jose
Fri 11/11/05 Anaheim, CA Arrowhead Pond
Sat 11/12/05 Anaheim, CA Arrowhead Pond
Wed 11/16/05 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
Sat 11/19/05 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Sun 11/20/05 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Wed 11/23/05 Glendale, AZ Glendale Arena
Fri 11/25/05 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
Sat 11/26/05 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
Tue 11/29/05 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center The POP Music Journal of Eric Turnbow
Wed 11/30/05 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
Magical musical tour: Youthful Paul McCartney rocks Key Arena
By Patrick MacDonald Seattle Times rock critic
Paul McCartney may be 63, but it didn’t show during his concert Thursday night at Key Arena. “We have come
to rock you and rock you we will!,” he promised fans. Who was that young man on the Key Arena stage singing Beatles, Wings and Paul McCartney songs Thursday night?
It couldn’t have been a 63-year-old man. Paul McCartney looked remarkably young — especially following the wrinkly Stones, who played the same place Sunday — and sounded much the same as he did in the Beatles, many years ago. He fit right in with the four young guys in his band (the hair dye helped), and had even more energy.
Compared to the Stones show, which featured whiz-bang effects, including a stage that floated across the room, McCartney’s performance emphasized music. The staging was impressive, especially the massive, busy lighting effects and creative use of video screens, including giant ones behind the stage.
The bright lights often shone into the audience, which seemed to unite McCartney with the fans. “Let me drink this in,” he said, his eyes sweeping the whole packed hall.
The generous, 36-song set included 24 Beatles songs, highlights of Wings’ career and cuts from his solo albums, including four from the new “Chaos and Creation in the Backyard.
He saluted the other Beatles, which got a standing ovation. The set featured the first song they ever recorded, “In Spite of All the Danger.” Perhaps as a
tribute to Seattle’s own Jimi Hendrix, McCartney, on guitar rather than his usual bass, added a bit of “Foxy Lady” to Wings’ “Let Me Roll It.”
Thursday night, KeyArena, Seattle The show opened with a DJ spinning deconstructed, remixed McCartney songs for 20 minutes, followed by an excellent 11-minute film on McCartney’s life and career, with his own
McCartney and his four-piece band opened with “Magical Mystery Tour,” as the entire crowd leaped to its feet.
He followed with the weird, obscure “Flaming Pie,” the propulsive “Jet,” a sweet “I’ll Get You” and a song McCartney noted he played at the Super Bowl in February, “Drive My Car,” with speeding race cars on the big screens.
“Hello, Sea-at-le,” McCartney said, promising a long night of music. “We have come to rock you and rock you we will!”
He wasn’t kidding.
Among songs that energized the big, multi-generational crowd — the two kids in front of me in $250 seats, who couldn’t have been older than 12, were ecstatic — were “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Fixing a Hole,” “Good Day
Sunshine,” “Band on the Run” and “Back In TheU.S.S.R.”
McCartney played piano on several songs, including a moving “Hey Jude,” with his band mates supplying fine harmonies and the audience singing the “nah nah nah nahs” with Sir Paul conducting.
The main set concluded with the big production number, the bombastic — literally, with booming pyro — “Live and Let Die.”
The two encores consisted of high-energy Beatles songs. The first opened with his masterpiece, “Yesterday,” and rocked with “Get Back” and “Helter
The second opened with the early Beatles’ “Please Please Me,” followed by the wise “Let It Be,” and ended with “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “The End.”
Thursday, November 3, 2005
McCartney mixes old and new to wow crowd
By GENE STOUT SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER
It took him nearly 40 years to do it, but it was entirely worth the wait.
MUSIC REVIEW PAUL MCCARTNEY
WHEN: Thursday night
WHERE: Key Arena Seattle 11-03-2011
Paul McCartney, still slender and gorgeous at 63, returned to the former Seattle Center Coliseum, now Key Arena, for the first time since the Beatles’ hysteria-inducing performances of the mid-1960s.
With a four-member band led by keyboardist Paul “Wix” Wickens and featuring lead guitarist Rusty Anderson, McCartney led a capacity crowd — mature, but no less enthusiastic than the screaming hordes of the ’60s –
on a celebratory journey through his musical past, from the Beatles and Wings to songs from his new solo album, “Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard.”
Scheduled to start at 8 p.m., the concert was delayed by at least 30 minutes and began with a pre-show DJ and 10-minute film on McCartney’s life and career,from the bombing of London during World War II to therecent Live 8 concerts. Dressed in black trousers, turquoise shirt and black sport jacket, McCartney launched the show with a boisterous “Magical Mystery Tour,” the first of more than a dozen classic Beatles songs. McCartney stuck to the 36-song set list featured at other recent shows.
The show featured several songs at the piano and a three-song acoustic set that began with the ’50s-sounding “In Spite of All the Danger,” the first recording made by McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison in their pre-Beatles days. Among the best songs from his new solo album was the somber, sentimental “Jenny Wren,” which closed the short solo set.
Wielding his trademark bass, Paul McCartney performs at the KeyArena on Thursday night. The ex-Beatle got the concert started with “Magical Mystery Tour” and went on through an array of his hits, both with the Fab Four and after, with some new songs sprinkled in.View a gallery of concert photos.
McCartney played a vintage Hofner bass guitar, an instrument featured on a number of older songs. For his solo song “Flaming Pie,” six light clusters above the stage appeared like space-age chandeliers. Above the stage was a giant LED screen showing close-ups of the band.
Behind McCartney, Wickens, Anderson, guitarist and bassist Brian Ray, and drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. was a giant backdrop of video panels displaying animated imagery and documentary footage.
“Greetings, Seattle,” McCartney cheerfully announced before a spirited version of “Jet.”
“We have come for many miles to rock you tonight –and we will.”
“Drive My Car” was accompanied by vintage films of1950s dream cars. McCartney introduced the sentimental “Till There Was You” as a “smooching song” from the Beatles’ cabaret days. The song was accompanied by a backdrop of clouds and blue sky. “Let Me Roll It” featured a snippet of Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady.”
For “Fine Line,” the first song from his current solo album, a piano rose from the stage floor, and McCartney joked about falling into the hole on the
second night of the tour. Anderson induced the new song by tossing a fortune cookie into the crowd, then reading the fortune aloud: “Now is the time to try something new.”
Another charming song from his current solo album wasthe delicate, sentimental “English Tea,” accompanied by an animated English garden scene complete with oversize butterflies. The song featured the entire band, except Anderson, who returned for the Beatles song “I’ll Follow the Sun.”
“Blackbird,” “Eleanor Rigby” and “Good Day Sunshine” were highlights of the show’s second hour. McCartney proudly mentioned that “Sunshine” had been used last summer to awaken NASA space shuttle astronauts. The beautiful “Blackbird,” he explained, was adapted from a J.S. Bach piece.
Pyrotechnics were featured on “Live and Let Die,” which preceded the first encore of “Yesterday,” “Get Back” and “Helter Skelter.”
The second encore began with “Please Please Me,” continued with “Let It Be” (played on psychedelic-themed upright piano topped by a candle) and ended with a guitar-heavy version “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
|Paul McCartney is ready to rock with ‘US’ this fall, nearly four years after his critically hailed, Billboard Magazine Concert Tour of the Year, ‘Back In the U.S.’ swept through the U.S. Since his return to the stage in 2002, after a decade long performance hiatus, millions from countries across the globe have experienced his sold-out concerts. But Americans can expect the unexpected when ‘US’ kicks off at Miami’s American Airlines Arena on Friday, September 16th. The all-new tour, which is planned to coincide with a new McCartney recording, will be highlighted by the classics from McCartney’s Beatles, Wings and solo career, as well as songs that have yet to be or haven’t been performed on American soil in nearly 15 years. “We are looking forward to playing again in America,” said McCartney. “They know how to have a good time and we’re there to give it to them. It’ll be fun to visit some new places, to see some old faces and to do things a bit differently this time. We’re ready to rock.” ‘US’ will rock and roll through the United States for 28 performances that will span a nearly 11-week period before its close on Tuesday, November 29th at Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center. While highlights include return visits to Boston’s Fleet Center, New York’s Madison Square Garden, Chicago’s United Center and Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, ‘US’ will mark a first for some. On Thursday, October 27th and on Sunday, October 30th, Des Moines, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska will experience their first EVER Paul McCartney performance (including Beatles and Wings). In addition, Miami and Seattle, amongst other cities, will celebrate McCartney’s return after nearly 15 years. If McCartney’s appearance at Superbowl XXXIX or his last concert in front of 125,000 muddied fans at England’s prestigious Glastonbury Festival (NME Magazine’s Best Event for 2005) are any indication, fans can expect to see another ground breaking production. “Only McCartney can top McCartney,” said Brad Wavra, Clear Channel Music Group. “But if you think you’ve already seen him, think again.” -more- McCARTNEY’US’/2 AEG/Concerts West representative Paul Gongaware added: “Half the fun of this tour is wondering which songs he’s going to play. There’s so much that we didn’t see in 2002.” McCartney’s band mates Abe Laboriel, Jr. (drums), Rusty Anderson (guitar), Brian Ray (guitar and bass) and Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards) return for ‘US.’ Tickets for Paul McCartney’s ‘US’ Tour go on sale beginning Friday, April 22nd. Check local listing for details. For more information about ‘US’ go to www.paulmccartney.com. Lexus will be the presenting sponsor of the ‘US’ Tour. “I’m very pleased to be a part of this new project with Lexus because I think there is a natural fit,” said McCartney.|
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November 3-Seattle, WA-KeyArena
“Yakety-Yak,” “Honey Don’t,” “Matchbox,” “C Moon,” “Friends to Go,” “Midnight Special,” All My Loving,” “Coming Up,” “Lady Madonna.
Freelance Hellraiser came on at 8:30 pm wearing a Twin Freaks face mask (green). The audience gave him a cool reception. Nobody booed and there was a smattering of applause. When Paul got onstage at 9 pm the audience went nuts. Macca fed off the crowd’s energy and was very interactive, mugging and teasing the audience, however the venue’s poor acoustics muffled the sound quality.
“Greetings, See-at-el! We have come for many miles to rock you tonight. And we will,” said Paul after “Jet.” Then he said, “I just want to take a moment to drink this all in..” which got a huge crowd response. Paul took a long pause as he soaked up the audience’s adoration.
“Let Me Roll It” featured the usual snippet of Seattle born Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxey Lady.” Nothing special was performed in Jimi’s honor for the song.
There were several Canadian flags in the audience and signs. Paul read a sign that said, “Mother Mary Loves You.” He rubbed his eye like he had a tear and gave the sign holder a thumbs up.
Rusty read a fortune cookie aloud: “Now is the time to try something new… in bed.” He tossed the cookie out into the audience.
Paul’s voice cracked a few times on “Jenny Wren.” On “I’ve Got A Feeling” he avoided the higher notes though he belted out the rockers with no effort.
Macca reversed the lyrics on “Blackbird” singing the first verse as second. He realized his mistake and sang the second verse before the end of the song.
The audience gave a standing ovation for “a moment of appreciation for our dear departed love ones John, George and Linda.”
There was no “Baby Face” intro for “Hey Jude.”
Paul was doing a lot of poses after songs besides the guitar salutes and the guitar struts. He did more exaggerated poses during “Hey Jude” with a mix of the muscle-man bicep curl and the effeminate Marilyn Monroe pose: one hand behind the head, and the other on his gyrating hip. The audience loved it.
Paul and band feigned shell-shock at the end of “Live and Let Die,” humorously plugging their ears with their fingers. Paul did apologetic gestures.
When Macca was leaving the stage he noticed a woman holding an infant in a sling and did a rock-a-bye-baby gesture to her before he left the stage. (see Tennant family below)
Brian had nice things to say about Seattle namely: “The air is clear and clean and I always love it here.” He also nodded with a smile to a sign that had his Web address www.brian-ray.com.
For the last encore Paul carried the American flag and Brian carried the Washington State flag.
In the audience was a family of five: a month old infant, two girls ages 3 and 5 and a husband and wife all dressed in Pepper outfits. The infant had on a set of headphones as a nod to the fifth Beatle George Martin. At the end of “Let It Be” security escorted the family who had been sitting in the mezzanine to follow them to the photo pit. Paul launched into “Sgt. Pepper/The End with the two young girls rocking on top of shoulders borrowed from daddy and a friend. The family was photographed by Bill Bernstein and videotaped by Mark Haefeli.
Paul waved to the kids and made faces. Then the concert ended and Paul and the band took their bows. Macca signed a few autographs and left the stage, but it was not over for the family of five. They were led to the backstage area where they met the band and Paul who kissed and hugged them all. (see entire story) Congrats to the Tennant family of Vancouver B.C., Canada!
Autographed by Paul:
Paul signed an album and a poster.
Signs in the audience:
“PMS Paul McCartney Syndrome,” “It’s my 16th Birthday” Paul sang “Happy birthday to you…” for the sign holder. “High in the Clouds,” “I (heart) YOUR BASS,” “I’LL TAKE YOU FOR A RIDE IN MY CADILAC,” “1985,” “LET’S MAKE (HEART) UNDERNEATH THE BED.”
30 Fans met Paul after the show at get autographs!
THE STORY (Congrats to David Duggan)
At about 11:30, a black Lexus pulled up at out came Paul McCartney’s head of security. He lined us all up and moved us about 50 feet from the hotel back door. He told us that Paul may or may not sign, and inspected all of our items (apparently, Paul won’t sign guitar related items). He counted us all of (I think there were about 30 of us) and designated a guy as the end of the line. Those that showed up later were told that they may not get an autograph.
The security guard gave everyone in line a “Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard” promo piece and told us that after we got Paul’s autograph, we could ask the band to sign the promo. After that we had to walk away from the hotel. At 11:45 pm a police motorcade arrived followed by three more black Lexus vehicles and McCartney’s tour bus. About 10 minutes later, Sir Paul got off the bus and started an interview with a camera crew. The security guy let us down 1 or 2 at a time and we were able to get Paul’s autograph (I got my “Beatles 1″ CD cover signed, joining my Ringo autograph). After getting the band to sign the promo, my friend and I walked away from the hotel as instructed. By the time we got back around Paul was inside the hotel. This was the most organized hotel autograph gathering I’ve ever seen!