Paul McCartney began his 8-show NYC-area run at Pru Center (setlist, videos)
By BrooklynVegan Staff
September 12, 2017
Paul McCartney at Prudential Center – 9/11/17 (photo by MJKim, via Paul McCartney Instagram)
Paul McCartney began his eight-night NYC-area run at the Prudential Center last night (9/11). He’s doing two nights there, two at MSG, two at Barclays Center, and two at Nassau Coliseum. 55 years since the release of The Beatles’ debut single “Love Me Do” (which Paul played last night), Paul remains one of the most fantastic rock performers in the world. His 38-song setlist was similar to most of his recent tours, kicking off with “A Hard Day’s Night” right into “Save Us” off his latest album (Paul is actually working on a new album this year but the “new” songs at last night’s show were still all from 2013’s New). Then he proceeded to fill his set with tons of Beatles, Wings, and solo classics, like “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Let Me Roll It,” “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “We Can Work It Out,” “You Won’t See Me,” “Love Me Do,” “And I Love Her,” “Blackbird,” “Lady Madonna,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!,” “Something,” “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” “Band on the Run,” “Back in the U.S.S.R,” and more. As he often does, he ended his pre-encore set with the epic one-two-three punch of crowdpleasing ballad “Let It Be,” the pyrotechnics-assisted “Live and Let Die,” and the massive singalong of “Hey Jude.”
Then he returned for an encore and, given the day, he honored the the victims of the September 11, 2001 tragedy before playing “Yesterday” (as you can see in the photo above and video below.) He ended the encore in his usual epic fashion, with a segment of Side B of Abbey Road (culminating, of course, in “The End”). Check out the full setlist and a bunch of videos from last night’s show, below.
The run continues at Prudential Center tonight (9/12), followed by the MSG, Barclays Center, and Nassau Coliseum shows. You can still get tickets.
Two Beatles albums, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour, turn 50 this year, and both are on our list of The 50 Best Psychedelic Rock Albums of the Summer of Love.
Paul McCartney @ Prudential Center – 9/11/17 Setlist
A Hard Day’s Night
Can’t Buy Me Love
Let Me Roll It
I’ve Got a Feeling
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
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
FourFiveSeconds (Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney song)
I Wanna Be Your Man
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
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
Hi, Hi, Hi
Carry That Weight
Paul McCartney dedicates N.J. concert to 9/11 victims, rocks marathon set (PHOTOS)
By Bobby Olivier
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Posted on September 12, 2017
NEWARK -- There's a certain level of gravity to any Paul McCartney concert.
Everyone in attendance knows they are seeing one of rock's consummate songwriters -- perhaps the single greatest harbinger of modern pop -- revisit some of the most transcendent tunes ever penned.
On his ongoing One-on-One tour, Sir Paul plays in succession: "Back in the U.S.S.R.," "Let It Be," "Live and Let Die," "Hey Jude," and "Yesterday."
Is there a more significant 15 minutes of live music left to be heard on this planet?
But Monday night at Prudential Center felt particularly momentous; it was Sept. 11, a day that affected and still connects all Americans in remembrance, but not quite like an audience in Newark, comprising New Jerseyans and New Yorkers who saw the smoke and panic firsthand in 2001, and who likely saw the two beams of light blasted from the WTC site as they drove home from the arena last night.
"We are going to dedicate this show to the people involved in what happened 16 years ago," McCartney said at the outset, to a swell of cheers from the sold-out crowd, his first of back-to-back nights at The Rock. "We are against prejudice, oppression and violence, and we are for friendship and freedom."
Paul McCartney performs during his 'One on One' tour at the Prudential Center. Newark, N.J., 9/11/2017. (Andre Malok | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
And then, on a day that typically unifies us in grief, McCartney -- a human rights activist dating back to "Blackbird" and The Beatles -- united 15,000 fans in three hours of happy song.
There was no intermission, only a smartly drawn set plan to keep the 75-year-old singer fresh; after a pair of bluesy guitar jams on "Let Me Roll It" and "I've Got A Feeling," McCartney sat at his baby grand piano for the softer "My Valentine" (written for current wife Nancy) and "Maybe I'm Amazed" (written for late wife Linda). A tight four-piece band played along, each member singing back-up to boost the vocals.
The sprawling 38-song set was virtually identical to the one McCartney rolled out on his first U.S. leg last summer, which visited MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford Aug. 7, 2016: it was a fair balance of Beatles staples, Wings cuts and solo stuff, but the staging in the arena was a little different. A rising platform that ascended two stories high while McCartney strummed "Blackbird" and "Here Today," the latter written for John Lennon in 1982, with "a conversation we never got to have."
Perhaps the most marked change between the MetLife and Prudential shows was the venue size; an arena isn't exactly intimate but it felt like an old Liverpool parlor compared to the enormity of a football stadium. The rock legend felt much closer.
Per the "One-on-One" tour moniker McCartney was candid and quick with a story, telling tales of how when the Beatles became the first rock band to play the Red Square in Cold War-era Russia, government officials told him they learned English through the band's records, or when the group first entered the Abbey Road studio to record with George Martin, a young Paul was petrified to sing the lead chorus.
"I can still hear the terror in my voice," he joked.
McCartney was affable all night -- it's obvious he still loves the spotlight -- shaking his rear-end for "And I Love Her," making a "fake news" joke about The Beatles' and Rolling Stones' supposed rivalry (but otherwise avoiding Trump talk), and mocking the crowd's indifference to the newer songs like 2013 tracks "Queenie Eye" and "Save Us": "We know which songs you like and which songs you're iffy on," he said, noting that when he plays a classic, he sees the phones light up. "But when we do a new song it's like a black hole. But we don't care, we're gonna do it anyway!"
It was a light, sing-along sort of night, the "Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da's" and "na-na-na-na's" of "Hey Jude" ringing out with joy. For the encore, he and his band emerged with a series of flags: an American flag, a Gay Pride flag, a New Jersey state flag, and a Sept. 11 flag that read "Never Forgotten." It was a stance of solidarity, and a moment on this somber day we maybe didn't realize we needed.
But it felt good.
Paul McCartney plays Prudential Center Sept. 12; Madison Square Garden Sept. 15 and 17; Barclays Center in Brooklyn Sept. 19 and 21.
Paul McCartney's set list
Sept. 11, 2017 -- Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.
"A Hard Day's Night" (The Beatles song)
"Can't Buy Me Love" (The Beatles song)
"Letting Go" (Wings song)
"Let Me Roll It" (Wings song)
"I've Got a Feeling" (The Beatles song)
"Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five" (Wings song)
"Maybe I'm Amazed"
"We Can Work It Out" (The Beatles song)
"In Spite of All the Danger" (The Quarrymen song)
"You Won't See Me" (The Beatles song)
"Love Me Do" (The Beatles song)
"And I Love Her" (The Beatles song)
"Blackbird" (The Beatles song)
"Lady Madonna" (The Beatles song)
"FourFiveSeconds" (Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney cover)
"Eleanor Rigby" (The Beatles song)
"I Wanna Be Your Man" (The Beatles song)
"Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" (The Beatles song)
"Something" (The Beatles song)
"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" (The Beatles song)
"Band on the Run" (Wings song)
"Back in the U.S.S.R." (The Beatles song)
"Let It Be" (The Beatles song)
"Live and Let Die" (Wings song)
"Hey Jude" (The Beatles song)
"Yesterday" (The Beatles song)
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)" (The Beatles song)
"Hi, Hi, Hi" (Wings song)
"Birthday" (The Beatles song)
"Golden Slumbers" (The Beatles song)
"Carry That Weight" (The Beatles song)
"The End" (The Beatles song)
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Paul McCartney live at Prudential Center
Posted on September 12, 2017