On The Run; NYC Reviews...

On The Run; NYC Reviews...


Paul kicked off his ‘On The Run’ tour with two amazing
shows at New York’s Yankee Stadium last week. Check out some of
the amazing reviews below.

Each and every one of this summer’s On The Run dates can
safely be predicted to feature nearly three hours of the world’s
most familiar and beloved music, with hits, deep cuts and surprises
spanning Paul’s unrivaled catalogue of Beatles, Wings, solo and
Fireman classics.

Next stop, Detroit on Sunday…

       Sunday 24th July 2011
– Comerica Park, Detroit, USA

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Tuesday 26th July – Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada

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      Wednesday 27th July – Bell
Centre, Montreal, Canada

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     Sunday 31st July 2011 – Wrigley
Field, Chicago, USA

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        Monday 1st August
2011 – Wrigley Field, Chicago, USA

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Thursday 4th August 2011 – The Great American Ball Park,
Cincinnati, USA  

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At 69, Mr. McCartney is not saying goodbye but touring
stadiums and playing marathon concerts. Friday’s set ran
two-and-a-half hours, with Mr. McCartney constantly onstage, and it
had 35 songs, not counting a few additional excerpts.
concerts now are a gentle reminder of his survival and vitality.
For freshness, Mr. McCartney tossed off a Beatles song that, he
announced, he had never performed live: “The Night
Before,” with its skiffle bounce and barbershop harmonies. And
some of the songs that weren’t on the Citi Field set lists were
the most vital ones: particularly “Maybe I’m
Amazed,” from his newly reissued 1970 solo debut album
“McCartney” (MPL/Hear Music), with its startling harmonic
swerves and a vocal that fervently illuminated the song’s
affection, happy incredulity and deep need.
His voice reveled
in the songs, hinting at little improvisatory variations; after them,
he raised his instruments overhead in a mixture of exuberance and
pride in musical craftsmanship. (When he sang “I’ve Got a
Feeling,” the video screen didn’t show a heart — it
showed pulsating speakers.) He perseveres, and entertains, by directly
reconnecting to his songs across the decades and still having fun.

Move over Jeter. Paul McCartney is Yankee Stadium’s new
hero after hitting it outta the park with a grand slam concert last
On a stage set in shallow center field, the 69-year-old
Beatle put in a hard day’s night working his way through the
Lennon/McCartney songbook, solo tunes and a healthy dose of Wings numbers.

The 2½-hour, 35-song set featured five decades worth of hits
without a dud in the batch.

Strapped into his signature Hofner bass, wearing a smartly cut baby
blue jacket — sorry, no pinstripes for Macca — he looked
as trim and intense as a rookie shortstop.
The sound was
astoundingly clear for a bowl show and Paul was in excellent voice,
easily reaching the falsetto notes that have made girls scream since
the ’60s. McCartney, whose motto should be work hard, moved and
sounded like he was just 17, again.
Paul doing classics from
the Beatles songbook is as memorable as you’d expect, but
getting to hear it at the Cathedral of Baseball lent the music majesty.

He even brought out one Beatles’ tune he claimed
he’d never played live before: “The Night Before.”
Indeed, it sounded here like it just came out of the box, shiny and
McCartney’s continued ability to perform such key
material so gracefully makes his shows more than just worthy
entertainment. They’re a kind of public service.

If rock ‘n’ roll were Major League Baseball,
there’s no doubt Paul McCartney would be its New York Yankees.
Sure, there’s his track record as rock’s biggest and most
dependable artist for nearly five decades. Yeah, he still proves
rockers can age gracefully and grow even when they have nothing left
to prove. And, oh right, there’s all those hits.
that’s why McCartney looked so at home at Friday night’s
show at Yankee Stadium, which was the third area ballpark he has
christened for music, following the legendary Beatles event at Shea
Stadium in 1965, as well as playing the first Citi Field concert in 2009.

Like those Citi Field shows – and all of
McCartney’s shows since he reemerged on the road in 2002 after
years without touring – he gave the people what they wanted.
Joined by his four-piece band, he packed his three-hour set with quick
blasts of Sixties pop (“Magical Mystery Tour,” “All
My Loving,” “Drive My Car”) and classic winding
epics ( “The Long and Winding Road” and “Band on the
Run”). And there was plenty of his classic humor.
“Who’s this guy Derek Jeter?” he asked the crowd.
“I hear he has more hits than me!”
McCartney ended
with a homestretch of hits: “Let It Be,” a “Hey
Jude” sing-along and a raucous “I’ve Got a
Feeling,” which after finishing, the band sped into double-time
and jammed off a James Gang-style blues riff. His third and final
return to the stage featured “Yesterday,” “Helter
Skelter” and Abbey Road’s closing medley. “I told
you we were going to have a good time,” he said during the
encore. It was an offhand comment – but it’s still
astonishing to see how much McCartney, at 69, still cares.

Dude is almost twice my age, and that fucker canbelt, and in
the physical-grace department, my blind guess of his age might have
been more like a very agile 50. I could barely stand in front of my
center field seat, which proved necessary pretty much the entire
... the crowd was genuinely intergenerationaL. Paul must
know it, because he began with “Hello Goodbye,” completely
irresistible to me—a perfect opening storybook opening. He also
threw in “Ob-la-di Ob-la-da” near the end of the main
set—not counting a pair of three-song encores, he played between
35 and 40 numbers, depending on how you count.
Critical bias:
Changed my life

There’s a sheer exhilaration that comes from being in
McCartney’s presence…

Paul McCartney is many things, a gifted musician, singer and
band leader. Mostly, he is an inspiration.
Last night at Yankee
Stadium, McCartney played and played, gave and gave, for well over two
hours. He never stopped singing, playing, performing and smiling. He
loves pleasing crowds. He remained faithful to the vintage musical
arrangements from the Beatles, Wings and McCartney solo records. He
never even stopped to take a sip of water. McCartney, who just turned
69 years of age, rocked even harder last night than he did when I last
saw him perform, two years ago at the then-new Citi Field across
The audience covered the gamut of ages. It was hard to
say whether they had come out to see The Living Legend, re-live the
majesty and glory of the Beatles or see McCartney in concert at the
top of his game. If there were genuine fans of his post-Beatles work,
they weren’t disappointed, either.

At 69, rock & roll’s most easygoing revolutionary is
jamming harder than ever…
McCartney’s nearly
two-hour and 45-minute extravaganza spanned his output from the past
50 years.
McCartney’s greatest triumph, though, may be in
his simultaneous projection of himself as both arena god and ordinary
guy… he’s transcended all your usual celebrity
taxonomy—he’s just like you, even as he flexes his star
power. His most spectacular act of showmanship these days may be his
ability to sell himself. But, damn, if it doesn’t sound great.

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