McCartney finds the Fountain of Youth for Jacksonville concert
By Tom Szaroleta
Sun, Oct 26, 2014
Midway through "I Saw Her Standing There" Saturday night at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Paul McCartney let loose with a throat-ripping scream. It was the 33rd song of his set, well over two hours into the set.
How a 72-year-old guy's voice can hold up like that is anybody's guess. He mentioned during the show that he was just coming off a break spent in Florida; perhaps he found Ponce de Leon's mythical Fountain of Youth during his vacation. The guy never even broke a sweat or sounded out of breath.
McCartney's show ran for 2 hours, 40 minutes and was heavy on mid- to late-period Beatles songs.
It got off to a bit of a rocky start. The show was scheduled to start at 8 p.m. At 8:10, old photos of McCartney started scrolling down the big video screens that flanked the stage. Anticipating that the show was about to start, the sold-out crowd quickly made its way to the seats. Thirty minutes later, the photos were still scrolling and McCartney was nowhere in sight.
The first half of the show was up and down -- a mix of new songs and Beatles and Wings tunes. Early highlights included "Magical Mystery Tour," "Let Me Roll It," "Ninety Hundred Eighty Five," "Paperback Writer," "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "Blackbird." The new songs -- "Save Us," "New," "Everybody Out There" -- were fine, but that's not why people paid up to $250 a ticket to be there.
Midway through the show, though, he really hit his stride, running off megahit after megahit. At one point he played, in a row, "Something," "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," "Band on the Run," "Back in the U.S.S.R.," "Let it Be," "Live and Let Die" (with explosions and fireworks and lasers), "Hey Jude" (with a massive crowd singalong), "Day Tripper," "Hi, Hi, Hi" and "I Saw Her Standing There." It was a staggering run of songs, building the excitement level in the arena to a fever pitch.
Then he came back for his second set of encores -- "Yesterday," "Helter Skelter" and "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End," and the 12,000 or so fans had completely forgotten about the interminable slide show that started the evening.
McCartney played his signature Hofner bass for only about half of the show. He played a grand piano, a funky psychedelic upright piano, six- and 12-string acoustic guitars, a ukulele and an electric guitar (tearing into a snippet of Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady" at the end of "Let Me Roll It." He also spent a good amount of time interacting with the crowd, reading fans' signs and inviting one woman onstage, where he signed her back so she could have it tattooed permanently.
"Magical Mystery Tour"
"All My Loving"
"Listen to What the Man Said"
"Let Me Roll It"
"Nineteen Hundred Eighty Five"
"The Long and Winding Road"
"Maybe I'm Amazed"
"I've Just Seen a Face"
"We Can Work It Out"
"All Together Now"
"And I Love Her"
"All Together Now"
"Lovely Rita Meter Maid"
"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"
"Hi, Hi, Hi"
"I Saw Her Standing There"
"Golden Slumber/Carry That Weight/The End"
October 25, 2014
Photo: Andrea Nigels
Paul McCartney in Jacksonville
Published On: Oct 25 2014
The legendary musician performed at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena as part of his Out There Tour.
Thank you Jacksonville! We'll see you next time!