McCartney rocks Bronx on first night at Yankee Stadium

Paul McCartney
Yankee Stadium
July 15, 2011

By Pat Prince

Who is this Derek Jeter guy? Somebody said he’s got more hits than me.

So began Paul McCartney’s rapport with the Yankee Stadium crowd on this Friday night, July 15, in the Bronx. McCartney casually strolled onstage with his band at 8:35 pm, and nearly three hours later, Macca and crew didn’t seem the least bit tired. Afterward, the people in the crowd could be heard remarking how great McCartney sounded for his age (69) and how energetic he appeared throughout (not once did McCartney seem winded; not once did it appear that he even sipped a bottle of water).

Highlights were “The Night Before” by The Beatles (which McCartney noted had its live debut on this night} the spontaneous jam in “I’ve Got a Feeling” and the amazing intensity of “Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End” (in all its Abbey Road glory) to end the concert.

McCartney told some interesting tidbits to the crowd about his experiences over the years. After an instrumental jam of “Foxy Lady” to end “Let Me Roll It,” came the often heard tale of Jimi Hendrix playing the song “Sgt. Pepper’s” live in 1967 (London’s Saville Theatre), on the Sunday following the Friday record release of the iconic Beatles album. McCartney was in the club that evening and he told the Yankee Stadium crowd that it was one of the greatest compliments he ever received. He expanded the story by telling about Hendrix’s whammy bar taking the song out-of-tune, then Hendrix jokingly asked audience member Eric Clapton to come up on stage to tune it.

Another story had George Harrison giving Paul a prized ukulele (supposedly Harrison was a collector), after the Beatles bassist claimed to have learned one of Harrison’s most recognized songs, “Something,” on a ukulele. McCartney played that Harrison instrument during the introduction to “Something” — a uniquel way to introduce one of the best ballads ever written.

McCartney and his band sounded remarkable. And the overall sound at Yankee Stadium was far superior than other outdoor venues (especially New Jersey’s Meadowlands). It was a night to remember, and for fans in other cities, an event to look forward to.

The concert was like a wonderful jukebox of McCartney’s life. He may not have as many hits as the future hall-of-famer Derek Jeter but every one of McCartney’s ‘hits’ have turned out to be more substantial to the world at large.

 

Setlist:

1. Hello, Goodbye
2. Junior’s Farm
3. All My Loving
4. Jet
5. Drive My Car
6. Sing the Changes  
(The Fireman)
7. The Night Before
8. Let Me Roll It/FoxyLady (Hendrix)
9. Paperback Writer
10. The Long and Winding Road
11. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
12. Let ‘Em In
13. Maybe I’m Amazed
14. I’ve Just Seen a Face
15. I Will
16. Blackbird
17. Here Today
18. Dance Tonight
19. Mrs Vandebilt
20. Eleanor Rigby
21. Something
22. Band on the Run
23. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
24. Back in the U.S.S.R.
25. I’ve Got a Feeling
26. A Day in the Life / Give Peace A Chance
27. Let It Be
28. Live and Let Die
29. Hey Jude
Encore:
31. Lady Madonna
32. Day Tripper
33. Get Back
Encore 2:
35. Yesterday
36. Helter Skelter
37. Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End

Remaining tour dates:
Saturday 16th July 2011 – Yankee Stadium, New York, USA
Sunday 24th July 2011 – Comerica Park, Detroit, USA
Tuesday 26th July – Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada
Wednesday 27th July – Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada
Sunday 31st July 2011 – Wrigley Field, Chicago, USA
Monday 1st August 2011 – Wrigley Field, Chicago, USA
Thursday 4th August 2011 – The Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, USA

 


 

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