Sir Paul McCartney is one of the most acclaimed, well known, and well respected musicians of all time. This is no hyperbole, and his live show as well as catalog of music showcases his absolute domination as a cultural icon and master musician of the times.
Paul McCartney released his latest solo album, New, in 2013. The artist has been releasing solo material steadily since 1980. Every time he does so he makes a little room for some new solo hits, this time including New’s title track and the fun and rambunctious, “Queenie Eye.” In all, he performs about four new songs, sometimes only three if he chooses to drop “Everybody Out There.”
Many fans may not know that McCartney’s two big hits from the 70’s, “Band on the Run” and “Live and Let Die,” are actually recorded with a band called Wings. These are both setlist standards, but they are not considered McCartney solo material.
The great big elephant in the room is that a good portion of fans, if not all of them, are there to hear a lot of Beatles material. Paul McCartney does not disappoint, with close to 80% of the setlist coming from the historical 13 studio LP’s released by the band between the mid-60’s to 1970’s. The setlist is a slathering of Beatles music performed by the legendary frontman.
On average, McCartney performs four Beatles songs for every solo or Wings track. He rarely makes changes to the big 10 or so Beatles songs that are absolute staples at every show. Some of these include “Hey Jude,” “Paperback Writer,” “Let it Be,” “The Long and Winding Road,” and “Helter Skelter” among many others.
McCartney makes a few changes from one tour to the next, and it is usually in adding a few underrated Beatles cuts. For this tour he adds “Kansas City” and “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” These songs are overlooked in the Beatles canon.
Eight Days a Week
All My Loving
Listen to What the Man Said
Let Me Roll It
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
The Long and Winding Road
Maybe I’m Amazed
I’ve Just Seen a Face
We Can Work It Out
And I Love Her
All Together Now
Everybody Out There
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
Band on the Run
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Let It Be
Live and Let Die
Kansas City / Hey Hey Hey Hey
I Saw Her Standing There
Carry That Weight
How long is a Paul McCarntey concert?
Paul McCartney has too many songs to perform to leave the evening with an average setlist length. Fortunately, he delivers for his fans with a show clocking in at a minimum of two and a half hours.
Who is opening the show?
Whoever it is, have mercy. Paul McCartney rarely has opening acts, and probably for good reason.
Is this Paul McCartney’s final tour?
The famed artist has been teasing a touring hiatus or retirement for many years, and this year is no exception. Nothing is actually confirmed beyond McCartney’s own suggestive comments that have occurred consistently since 2008.
Who is Paul McCartney’s publicist and press contact contact?
Paul McCartney is certainly not the easiest artist to get in contact with in just about any capacity. You can reach out to his media agency, Paul Freundlich Associates Media- better known as PFA Entertainment Media & Marketing. They can be reached using their website contact form.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Paul McCartney’s tour?
Paul McCartney concerts are famous for selling out within a few hours. Many times, presale listings are the only viable way to get into the show. American Express Entertainment is covering a select few dates for the tour. You need to check the platform for any presale dates offered.
Paul McCartney made a single post on the official artist Facebook page giving presale ticket details. Check the CrowdSurge page which may have a few presales left- though they go fast.
“You’d never have guessed that McCartney had recently been ill from the fully charged 40-song set he put on. If you’ve seen him at any point in the last five or so years, you know how much fun his well-oiled arena machine is these days: Nearly three hours of tender ballads, wild rockers, heartfelt tributes to John Lennon and George Harrison, cocktail-party banter about Jimi Hendrix and the Soviet defense minister, eyebrow-singing pyrotechnics – and, oh yeah, a couple dozen of the greatest pop songs ever written.” – Simon Vozick-Levinson of Rolling Stone
“Sir Paul McCartney brought his Out There tour to the Seattle Mariners ballpark at Safeco Field this past Friday – and over the course of an epic 39 song, three hour set, he also gave the sold-out crowd of 45,000 ecstatic fans a little hometown bonus, in the way of what you might call “Sirvana.” – Glen Boyd of the Blog Critics Organization
“One of the richest men on the planet, a knight of the realm, and driving force behind some of greatest songs ever recorded, McCartney surely doesn’t need the cash or adulation he received at the sold-out show. Clearly, Sir Paul still finds joy in playing out.” – Ray Kelly of Massachusetts Live