Review: Paul McCartney treats fans to magical musical tour
Bill Thompson, Enquirer contributor
July 11, 2016
Paul McCartney brought his "One on One" tour to the U.S. Bank Arena Sunday night.
Paul McCartney has dedicated his life to creating the soundtrack to generations.
The 74-year-old former Beatle, who still has some of the goofball kid he must have been in Liverpool, had the full attention of every person in the capacity crowd at US Bank Arena on Sunday night from the opening guitar chord of “Hard Day’s Night” to the final line of “The End” – “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”
In the intervening 2½ hours, McCartney played 37 more songs (21 Beatles tunes), told tales from the Fab Four’s early days, paid tribute to fallen mates John Lennon and George Harrison, and played straight man to four members of the audience who caught his attention with homemade signs.
He did this while leading his powerhouse four-piece band through a timeline that began with “In Spite of All the Danger” by the Quarrymen (the pre-Beatles group that included McCartney, Lennon and Harrison) through “FourFiveSeconds,” which McCartney co-wrote and recorded with Rihanna and Kanye West last year.
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Along the way, the band – guitarists Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. and keyboard player Wix Wickens – took turns playing the familiar songs of the Beatles, Wings and McCartney’s solo albums, only better. This quintet, together since 2002 (a lifespan longer than the Beatles or Wings) adds heft to early Beatles tunes such as “Love Me Do” or “Can’t Buy Me Love,” while duplicating producer George Martin’s studio tricks on “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” from “Sgt. Pepper” or the bombast of Wings’ “Live and Let Die.”
The evening’s highlights were likely dictated by the age of the fan, which ranged from grade-schoolers to octogenarians (or older). Everyone knew the Beatles tunes and didn’t need instruction from the stage to sing along; Wings’ hits such as “Nineteen Hundred Eighty Five” and “Band on the Run” had proponents on their feet and fists in the air; and three tunes from 2013’s “New” – “Save Us,” “Queenie Eye” and the title track earned votes in the court of public opinion.
The most touching moments included Harrison’s “Something,” complete with a ukulele intro after an affectionate story about a shared afternoon between the two, and the dedication of “Maybe I’m Amazed” to McCartney’s first wife, Linda, who died of cancer in 1998. Both songs were accompanied by background videos that captured the spirit of the departed.
McCartney was generous with memories throughout the evening. He recounted the origin of “Mr. Kite,” which came straight from a circus poster that Lennon had hanging in his house. He told of writing “Blackbird” during the civil rights movement in the 1960s. And he dedicated “Love Me Do” to Martin, who died earlier this year: “Without him, there wouldn’t be any Beatles recordings.”
The show built to a climax with a sing-along to “Ob La Di, Ob La Da,” followed by “Band on the Run,” “Back in the USSR” (“A Russian official told me they learned English from Beatles songs – ‘hello; goodbye.' ”), “Let It Be,” “Live and Let Die,” which featured flames exploding on stage with fireworks on the video screens and laser lights bouncing throughout the arena, and “Hey Jude.”
After leaving for only a couple of minutes, the band returned for “Yesterday,” “Hi, Hi, Hi,” “Birthday” and the “Golden Slumbers”/”Carry That Weight”/“The End” medley that finished “Abbey Road,” the final album the Beatles recorded together.
For people who remember the acrimonious breakup of the Beatles in 1969-70, nights like this restore their faith in the magic of that music. For younger folks who grew up listening to a band that has not existed in their lifetime, they never doubted the power of that music.
For McCartney, who was present at the creation, that music has always been magical and powerful. And it’s obvious he isn’t finished making and playing it.
Bill Thompson is co-host of “Blue Snakes & Banjos,” 6-8 pm. Wednesdays on WAIF-FM.
Paul McCartney 'One on One' tour at U.S. Bank Arena
Paul McCartney brought his "One on One" tour to the U.S. Bank Arena Sunday night.
PAUL MCCARTNEY GETS ONE ON ONE WITH CINCINNATI
By Courtney Phenicie
Monday July 11, 2016
The anticipation was high as the crowd at U.S. Bank Arena awaited Sir Paul McCartney to take the stage. LED pillars on both sides of the stage swirled with pictures of McCartney. As one of the two remaining Beatles, McCartney is known for his powerful concerts. The last time we saw McCartney was in 2011 at Great American Ball Park. At last night’s concert at U.S. Bank Arena, we got to see McCartney in a more intimate setting.
As the lights dimmed, the crowd was on their feet, screaming in delight. McCartney took the stage and the first chords of “Hard Days Night” brought the audience to a frenzy. McCartney’s tour deemed, “One On One” brought out a side of McCartney most had not witnessed before live. In between many songs, he shared personal stories, antidotes, and dedicated songs to those who have passed.
Before, “Blackbird” he spoke of how he wrote it as a song to give hope to those in America during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s. After, “Back in the U.S.S.R.” he told of how The Beatles were the first band to be invited to play the Red Square and how the ministers told him they learned to speak English from Beatles records.
McCartney also told of how, “Maybe I’m Amazed” was written for his late wife, Linda. During the song, the back screen flashed the famous photograph taken by Linda McCartney of Paul and their first two children, Mary and Stella.
Each story McCartney told gave more insight into the songs all of us just assumed that we knew the meanings to. The audience left with a deeper understanding just how ubiquitous his music has been over the years.
It would remiss not to mention the pyrotechnics and indoor fireworks during, “Live and Let Die.” Coming after the emotional outpouring of, “Let it Be” that pick me up left the audience wanting more. Thankfully McCartney did not disappoint, following with, “Hey Jude.” After a brief tease of the ending of the show, he came out for his encore of not just one or two show closers, but six.
Sir Paul McCartney is the greatest living music legend of our time. His songwriting has defined generations and will continue to define generations to come. It would be fair to say, the, “One On One” Tour is proof that McCartney knows his place in history, how important it is to all of us, and will keep on creating history for years to come.
A Hard Day’s Night
Can’t Buy Me Love
Let Me Roll It (with ‘Foxy Lady’ outro)
I’ve Got a Feeling
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
Here, There and Everywhere
Maybe I’m Amazed
We Can Work It Out
In Spite of All the Danger
You Won’t See Me
Love Me Do
And I Love Her
The Fool on the Hill
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
Carry That Weight
Photos of Paul McCartney
Courtesy of KP Photography
Music royalty makes memorable return to Queen City
MONDAY, JULY 11TH 2016
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Music legend Sir Paul McCartney left fans happy in the Tri-State.
He brought his "One-on-one" Tour to U.S. Bank Arena Sunday night.
Fans were loving it, including Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.
"Paul McCartney is one of my heroes," Mayor Cranley said. "It was an incredible concert."
McCartney took the stage 8 p.m. and performed three hours of his greatest hits.
— Sheila Gray (@SheilaGrayTV) 11 de julio de 2016
It was a sold-out concert.
The show featured dozens of classics spanning McCartney's entire 50-year career.
One fan will remember McCartney forever.
Maggie Silverstein said, "Five years ago Paul was over at Great American and I got it tattooed."
Sir Paul McCartney has written and co-written 32 songs that have reached number one status on the Billboard Hot 100 and has won 21 Grammy awards.
He's also a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.