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Treasuring Memories of Paul McCartney on 'One on One' Tour

McCartney welcomed Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt out for a song at Madison Square Garden.


Paul McCartney 'One on One' Tour

City: New York
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Date: 2017-09-15

As a press release notes, Paul McCartney's 'One on One' tour, "features dozens of classics from the most beloved catalog in popular music, spanning Paul’s entire career -- as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle -- and no shortage of surprises". Well at Madison Square Garden on September 15th, one of eight NYC area shows this month, fans of the famed Beatle got a (double!) surprise near the end of an already outstanding show. (Okay, I am pretending that "FourFiveSeconds" didn't happen.)

Attendees got to witness Bruce Springsteen and Steven van Zandt perform "I Saw Her Standing There" twice with McCartney. To what seemed like the astonishment of Springsteen, after the first take, McCartney noted, "I reckon we gotta play it one more time" then took another stab at the song.

But this surprise appearance -- Springsteen was spotted by the soundboard at the beginning of the show -- was just the icing on the cake. McCartney put on a show that lasted well over two hours and included many favorites including "Love Me Do", "Eleanor Rigby", and the arena anthem "Hey Jude". I was most surprised to see McCartney (likely via tour production designer LeRoy Bennett) had brought the pyrotechnics along with "Live and Let Die" into an indoor space. The powerful first round of explosive fire left many on the floor of MSG reeling but no less thrilled.

McCartney's 'One on One' tour is wrapping up soon, but we can only hope he is planning something else. Seeing him perform the timeless classics, interspersed with anecdotes, never gets old (I had caught the tour in 2016). Early in the set, McCartney joked that one fan in the audience, holding a sign noting it was his 120th show (or thereabouts), must have an obsession. Obsession or not, it's hard to fault that individual's decisions. These are songs that will continue to inspire and carry generation after generation.

SET LIST

A Hard Day's Night

Junior's Farm

Can't Buy Me Love

Jet

All My Loving

Let Me Roll It

I've Got a Feeling

My Valentine

Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five

Maybe I'm Amazed

I've Just Seen a Face

In Spite of All the Danger

You Won't See Me

Love Me Do

And I Love Her

Blackbird

Here Today

Queenie Eye

New

Lady Madonna

FourFiveSeconds

Eleanor Rigby

I Wanna Be Your Man

Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!

Something

A Day in the Life

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Band on the Run

Back in the U.S.S.R.

Let It Be

Live and Let Die

Hey Jude

Yesterday

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Helter Skelter

I Saw Her Standing There (x2)

Golden Slumbers

Carry That Weight

The End

TOUR DATES

September 21 – Brooklyn, NY — Barclays Center

September 23 — Syracuse, NY — Carrier Dome

September 26 — Uniondale, NY — Nassau Coliseum

September 27 — Uniondale, NY — Nassau Coliseum

October 1 — Detroit, MI — Little Caesars Arena

October 2 — Detroit MI — Little Caesars Arena

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