Monday, July 19, 2010

Paul McCartney - Rio Tinto Stadium Salt Lake City, July 13th, 2010

I am happy to report to my faithful readers that I have seen a Beatle. Life is good.

Paul McCartney brought his short North American Tour to Salt Lake City on July 13th, to a sold out Rio Tinto Stadium. This was Paul's first ever show in Utah, and I was there to revel in the glory.

Everyone has a Beatles stage, mine started when I was 16 and well, its still going. A catalogue so beautiful it belongs in the world's finest museums. When this guy heard Paul was rolling through town... price was not an object.

Paul came out at 8 PM to thunderous applause and ear shattering screams, the sun was setting, and we were off. A set list (listed below) heavy on Wings material in the beginning, covered his entire career. From Beatles material, to Wings, and beyond. The 40 + song set list was a stunning testament to one of the finest lyricist the world has ever seen.

Some highlights from the night include "The Long & Winding Road", "Live & Let Die", "Back In The U.S.S.R", "Hey Jude", "Let It Be", "Get Back", "Highway", and "Dance Tonight".

You know me, I go to a lot of concerts. This is without a doubt, the best arena show I have been to, and it could be the best show period. Paul brings more to the table than most half his age (68), and for 3 solid hours, he wowed the audience, and reminded them that Rock & Roll never forgets.

Set List:
1. Venus & Mars
2. Rock Show
3. Jet
4. All My Loving
5. Letting Go
6. Drive My Car
7. Highway
8. Let Me Roll It/Foxey Lady
9. The Long and Winding Road
10. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five
11. Let 'Em In
12. My Love
13. I've Just Seen a Face
14. And I Love Her
15. Blackbird
16. Here Today
17. Dance Tonight
18. Mrs Vandebilt
19. Eleanor Rigby
20. Ram On
21. Something
22. Letting Go
23. Sing the Changes
25. Band on the Run
26. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
27. Back in the USSR
28. I've Got a Feeling
29. Paperback Writer
30. A Day In the Life/Give Peace a Chance
31. Let It Be
32. Live and Let Die
33. Hey Jude
34. Encore: Day Tripper
35. Lady Madonna
36. Get Back
37. Encore: Yesterday
38. Helter Skelter
39. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise) / The End

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