A Beatle at a Ballpark


Holy crap.
I don’t care how awesome you think your Thursday night was — mine was more awesome. In fact, pick your best Thursday night ever and mine still beats it. Ask any one who knows me even a little what my two biggest obsessions are and they will tell you they are baseball and The Beatles. Somewhere I even have a 7th grade art assignment reflecting this. So, Paul McCartney at Fenway Park with a two and a half hour Beatle-heavy* set? Pretty much the most awesome thing ever. *(20 of 33 songs were Beatles, 6 were Wings, and only 2 were from his latest album. The man knows why people come to see him.)
A loud rocking and rolling shout out to Chris Morse for the ticket — who knew that Red Sox season tickets get you first dibs on rock concerts too?
Oh, and the drummer was amazing. Not only could he play the skins, but he provided some great backing harmonies too. Actually, the whole band was pretty great.
And finally, the full set list with any notes I remember about them…

Drive My Car
Only Mama Knows
Flaming Pie
Got to Get You Into My Life
Let Me Roll It… segueing into the guitar solo from Purple Haze — When he finished he told a story I had never heard about Jimi Hendrix. Apparently the Sgt. Pepper’s album came out on a Friday. On that Sunday, two days later, Jimi Hendrix kicked off his tour… opening with “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” which he had somehow learned and rehearsed in only two days. After telling us this, Paul demonstrated how Hendrix used the wa wa feature on his guitar while he played and pointed out that it makes your guitar go way out of tune. Apparently, to help him out, Hendrix pulled a very reluctant guy named Eric out of the front row to tune it for him… Eric Clapton, that is.
Long and Winding Road
My Love (his tribute to Linda McCartney and “all the mothers in the audience”)
Here Today (his tribute to John Lennon)
Dance Tonight (“something to lighten the mood after a sad ballad”)
Calico Skies
Mrs. Vanderbilt
Sing the Changes (… with a giant psychedelic Obama head on the screen behind him)
Band on the Run
Back in the USSR (“it doesn’t even exist anymore!”)
I’m Down
Something (his tribute to George Harrison, on ukelele)
I’ve Got a Feeling (which ended with a bonus riff I had never heard before, but was still unmistakably “I’ve Got a Feeling”)
Paperback Writer
A Day in the Life, segueing to Give Peace a Chance — Shortly before “A Day in the Life” transitioned to the “Woke up, fell out of bed…” section, I called my dad and didn’t say anything, just holding the phone up to the music.
Let It Be
Live and Let Die (with fireworks!)
Hey Jude
The first encore set:

  • Day Tripper
  • Lady Madonna
  • I Saw Her Standing There

The second encore set;

  • Yesterday (Paul solo with acoustic guitar)
  • Helter Skelter
  • Get Back
  • Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
  • The End

6 responses »

  1. If this had only gone al night long he might have ended with “Here Comes the Sun,” which would have had Shazam and I whirling about all our many miles away–the way I used to when she was but a wee thing (it’s harder for me today than once it was, but occasionally we yet give it a whirl)!
    Thanks for sharing this, Rhode!

  2. yeah, abe laboriel is awesome. he’s got skills, and his attitude just picks up the whole show. you should see ‘live in red square’ if you haven’t already

  3. @Wax: Looks like we had suspiciously similar seats… no rain at the McCartney concert. (At Phish concert, wouldn’t one expect to be swimming though? :))
    @Dustin: Point for knowing the drummer’s name. Chris mentioned that he had a friend who went to an earlier concert and afterwards remarked that she had “lost a little respect for Ringo.” I would never say such a thing, but…

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