Paul McCartney - US Airways Center - 8/12/2014

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He dedicated "Something" to George Harrison, and started out the song on solo ukelele, with the band providing subtle accompaniment. When he sang the lyrics, "You're asking me will my love grow," the band kicked into high gear, sparking a moving performance of the song, complete with a note-for-note rendition of Harrison's iconic guitar solo.

Fireworks and cannons accompanied the triumphant version of "Live and Let Die," played just before the main set ended.

McCartney played not one, but two encores. After a brief intermission, he came out waving a giant American flag, while his guitarists followed, one waving the Arizona flag and one waving a Union Jack. (Don't feel special, though, Arizona -- he does that for all the states.) The band launched into "Day Tripper," with Paul back on bass after doing stints on guitar and piano. The Wings song "Hi, Hi, Hi" followed, and then a performance of "Get Back," after which the band left the stage again.

But not for long. The final encore included "Yesterday," "Helter Skelter," and then the entire medley from the end of Abbey Road -- "Golden Slumbers," "Carry That Weight," and "The End."

McCartney also brought a couple on stage that had been holding a sign that said, "You're ordained. We're engaged. Please marry us tonight." He pointed out that wasn't actually ordained, but went ahead and married the couple anyway, wryly adding, "though I'm not sure if that will stand up in the court of law."

It was a night of great songs, written by a tremendous songwriter in the twilight of a legendary career. Not many times do you see a show and get to say, "I saw a legend last night" afterward. But that was the experience of more than 10,000 people at US Airways Center. Who knows how many more people will get the chance?

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US Airways Center

201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ

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frankrock1
frankrock1

If you'd gone to his LAST Phoenix show in '08, you would have heard "Got to Get You Into My Life".

bisnan
bisnan

I guess my question is, did Paul MacCartney want everyone to "feel the kick drum?" I don't believe the venue should be second-guessing the artist by adding sound that isn't part of the composition. 

bisnan
bisnan

I was amazed at how great he sounded, but appalled that the sound tech thought every beat of the bass drum should sound like artillery. "The long and winding .... boom!  boom! boom! " What is it about Arizona venues that requires all concerts and songs to sound like pep rallies? If there is one invention of the past 30 years that I could do without, it is the sub-woofer. I would be surprised if MacCartney himself thought his songs would sound lame without the sound and feeling of thunder going off with every beat of the bass drum. For that reason, the short set he did on the small, elevated stage with just guitar was absolutely the best -- no drums to over-amplify. I don't know if other listeners are as bothered by this as I am, but if they are, I hope they start complaining, because I have sworn off concerts until this trend of sub-woofing everything at the bottom ends.

azforker
azforker

I love live music , Rolling Stones 6 times,The Band , The Who ,U2 a couple of times , Eric Clapton, The Dead and every offshoot over 30 times ,Bob Dylan on and on. At 72 years old , he walked out on Stage armed with arguably the best body of work in Rock and Roll,for the next 3 hours took me on a ride I have waited for since I saw them on Ed Sullivan.Opinions are like ___ Holes , everyone has  got one , Bottom line Everyone who was lucky enough to be US Airways had a night full of music they will not soon forget ! Fabulous !

Amy Horton
Amy Horton

The part where tickets were affordable....oh wait....

MaryAnn Holtz
MaryAnn Holtz

And I really loved Paul singing Blackbird... A favorite of mine

MaryAnn Holtz
MaryAnn Holtz

The time between the first song and the third encore!

VincentDrysdale
VincentDrysdale

"Younger people never saw McCartney pander. We never saw him age, never saw him sell out, be cloying, or make desperate pleas for relevancy".  I agree with brettb31.  This is very rude and, more importantly, mostly false.  He never pandered, he never sold out, and he never made desperate pleas for relevancy.  The only thing he did was age, and anyone who saw last night's show will tell you he's barely done that.

Mandi Kimes
Mandi Kimes

Great job, David Accomazzo! I'm also surprised he didn't play "Jet" or "Silly Love Songs".

Mandi Kimes
Mandi Kimes

Great job, David Accomazzo! I'm also surprised he didn't play "Jet" or "Silly Love Songs".

brettb31
brettb31

The comment in your first notebook dump was silly (assuming it came from a younger person in the audience), not to mention disrespectful to the many great songs (among some crap, yes) he wrote after the Beatles. McCartney had some embarrassing moments in the '80s (what '60s giant didn't?), but he never stopped being relevant.

VincentDrysdale
VincentDrysdale

@bisnan It's just the current trend of live mixing that has been going on for quite some time.  They sound guy wants everyone to be able to feel the kick drum.  It didn't bother me.  In fact, it enhanced the more rocking numbers like "Save Us" and "Let Me Roll It".

frankrock1
frankrock1

Cheapest seats were TWENTY FIVE dollars! That's not affordable for you? Sad...

VincentDrysdale
VincentDrysdale

I've seen seven shows in the last 24 years.  This is the first one he didn't do "Jet".  It's usually the second song.

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