Sir Paul McCartney took the stage Wednesday night, June 26th, at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona and did not disappoint the sold-out venue. From young to old, this crowd was treated to a night to remember.
When the smoke cleared, McCartney had sung 38 songs. Just over three hours of music and storytelling had left his fans still wanting more. He arranged this amazing set list from his 60-year songbook. Think about that. McCartney’s library of tunes is 60 years old or older. Bet you can’t think of any other living musician that can say that. Hit after hit, from pre-Beatles, Beatles and of course Wings, with a Jimi Hendrix teaser to boot.
The music was one thing; the stories he shared were another. They had fans laughing and even some crying at times as Sir Paul paid homage to his former bandmates, the great John Lennon and George Harrison.
This music has stood the test of time. The younger generations in the crowd sang along word for word with huge smiles, dancing and embracing what was unfolding in front of them. It must be the ultimate compliment for the 77-year-old knighted British rocker and all his accomplishments.
McCartney’s amazing band, from the horn section to the very talented guitarist Rusty Anderson and bassist Brian Ray, played flawlessly with high energy throughout the night. Abe Laboriel Jr. on drums won the hearts of all the fans. His expressions, amazing drumming, and dancing just added to this perfect night. Video screens played vintage footage from all eras reminded everyone just how great Wings and The Beatles were, along with killer lighting that flowed smoothly with the music. There are too many songs to mention, but just to experience “Band on the Run” and “Live and Let Die,” without giving anything away, was enough for the price of admission right there.
This is one show that is a must for the music fan. I’m thinking even the fans that are just so-so on the Beatles will enjoy this. I hope Sir Paul will continue touring for many years to come, sharing the music and of course the stories that go along. Make sure to check out the website for tour info and set lists.