monster show tonight in NYC!
Paul McCartney could have played it safe Friday night at Citi Field, but he swung for the fences instead.
"Long time since I was here," McCartney said. "I've got a feeling that we're going to have a little bit of fun tonight." As he did with The Beatles in 1965 at Shea Stadium, McCartney christened the home of the Mets for rock and roll. This time, though, the acoustics were a little better.
And actually, so is McCartney.
His two-hour-plus set pulled from the first Beatles hits to his recent experimental album, and most have improved with age.
Harmonies sweetened a revved-up "Jet." Bluesy guitar and organ built a new groove on "Let Me Roll It," which got a dose of Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady," and honky-tonk riffs on "The Long and Winding Road."
He helped the crowd relive memories with "Drive My Car" and "Blackbird," and dedicated "My Love" to late wife Linda and "Here Today" to John Lennon.
Billy Joel joined him for "I Saw Her Standing There." McCartney was a guest at Joel's final show at Shea Stadium.
McCartney's ability to master the crowd's mood and progress musically showed how far he has come. Friday, he showed he isn't done improving yet.
(set list to follow)
a few notes while piecing together the set list:
1. driving to citi fields was actually OK, even with the residual traffic from the throgs neck bridge fire
2. the stadium is pretty nice
3. cops were ticketing those in the lots who didn't bother to use plastic cups
4. skip the opening band
5. the sound for McCartney was incredibly good, as were the site lines from section 120
6. Paul sounded, played, and looked GREAT
7. lots of shea references..."I'm Down" was played
8. Paul played a fair bit of guitar, including some nice lead work, including a few classic licks and solos
9. high energy show...McCartney and the band gave the crowd everything
10. GREAT band
11. GREAT set list
12. Paul was charming, funny, witty, gracious, and self-depreciating...he also made fun of himself often
13. thanked the crowd and crew frequently
14. several sections of seats that would be considered "good" on a seating chart not sold because of obstructed views...they could have easily sold these tickets, and it's nice that someone was thinking of the fans to a certain extent and held them back
15. the concert was filmed
the show was pretty much everything I hoped it would be and more...beatlemania crowd took their time, but eventually the entire place was rocking...that's right people, there's nothing wrong with enthusiasm! my section was pretty good from the beginning, however
let me roll it...
The First Play At Citi Field
FRI JULY 17, 2009
Start time 8:54PM
1. Drive My Car
3. Only Mama Knows
4. Flaming Pie
5. Got to Get You Into My Life
6. Let Me Roll It>
7. Foxy Lady (talk about the hendrix and the 60s and sgt. pepper's)
9. The Long and Winding Road
10. My Love
11. Blackbird (paul solo on martin)
12. Here Today (paul solo on martin)
13. Dance Tonight (paul on mandolin-type instrument)
14. Calico Skies
15. Mrs. Vanderbilt
16. Eleanor Rigby
17. Sing the Changes
18. Band on the Run
19. Back in the U.S.S.R.
20. I'm Down
21. Something (paul on uke given to him by george; switch to guitar halfway through)
22. I Got a Feeling
23. Paperback Writer
24. A Day in the Life>
25. Give Peace a Chance
26. Let it Be
27. Live and Let Die
28. Hey Jude
10:51PM (1 hour and 56 minutes)
29. Day Tripper
30. Lady Madonna
31. I Saw Her Standing There (with Billy Joel)
11:16PM (2 hours and 11 minutes)
32. Yesterday (paul solo on the texan)
33. Helter Skelter
34. Get Back
35. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band>
36. The End
End time 11:26PM (2 hours and 32 minutes)
Paul mainly played his hofner violin bass and two les pauls...he also played a martin acoustic on several numbers and the epiphone texan on yesterday...no casino...nice piano work, as well
the end was great with the drum section and the three-way guitar jam with paul in the middle...
big fireworks and flash bombs during live and let die ha ha...
the solo acoustic material sounded tops and really filled the stadium...great sound system PM has
back on tuesday...
also no ric bass...
how was the ticket situation outside?
I saw some people offering, but did not catch prices...there weren't too many sellers, as far as I could see...
I'm seeing Paul tomorrow and am very excited!! It's general admission. I wonder how early I should get there to get up close?
GA? wow...good luck!