Listened to this 2010 concert today on Sirius/XM 30. It was a great show (but I’d say that about all of his! ). I give it 5 out of 5.
[NyTimes.com] Paul McCartney played the Apollo on Monday and was demonstrably proud to do so. “It’s the holy grail,” he muttered early in the set. “I dreamed of playing here for many a year.” Then he touched the Lucky Log, the hunk of elm that’s long been placed onstage as a charm for the theater’s Amateur Night performers.
Luck had little to do with it. The show, a special event and a live broadcast for subscribers to Sirius XM radio in recognition of its 20 millionth subscription, ran two hours and a bit not quite the epic length of his stadium-and-festival shows over the last decade, but longer than a few “secret” club gigs he played in 2007. And nearly all of it amounted to a serious mission of pleasing: a trail of aesthetic breakthroughs, rave-ups and singalongs, from the beginning of the Beatles through the end of Wings, with one recent solo-album cut (“Dance Tonight”), one very early Lennon-McCartney composition known to most as a late Beatles tune (“One After 909”) and one Christmas song (“Wonderful Christmastime,” with singers from the Choir Academy of Harlem). There are some listeners curious about, and genuinely interested in, Mr. McCartney’s loose moments and toss-offs, who feel that “Hey Jude” has penetrated deeply enough into the world’s culture, who admire the intuitive outtake-i-ness of records like “Ram” and “McCartney II,” and who wouldn’t mind a little more texture in his shows. They may yet have their day, but this concert was not for them.
- Magical Mystery Tour
- Drive My Car
- All My Loving
- One After 909
- Let Me Roll It
- Long and Winding Road
- Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
- Maybe I’m Amazed
- I’m Looking Through You
- And I Love Her
- Dance Tonight
- Eleanor Rigby
- Hitch Hike (multiple restarts)
- Band On The Run
- Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
- Back In The USSR
- A Day In The Life > Give Peace A Chance
- Let it Be
- Hey Jude
- Encore: Wonderful Christmastime, I Saw Her Standing There, Get Back,
- Encore2: Yesterday, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) > Carry That Weight > The End