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