Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Paul McCartney's 2013 "Out There" Tour

This past year Paul McCartney has been on his "Out There" tour filling stadiums from Brazil to Boston and Canada and much more! Anybody who attended this tour can easily tell that Macca loves preforming and still sounds better than ever.

Paul with Harold and friends
The tour started on May 4, 2013 when he played Mineirao Stadium in Brazil. He later went on to play two more shows in South America at the following venues; Serra Dourado Stadium and Castelao Stadium. During the Serra Dourado performance on May 6 Paul was accompanied by The Crickets, not Buddy Holly's crickets  but Brazilian grasshoppers. During "Hey Jude" Paul even introduced one as Harold and singing the lines "The movement you need is on your shoulder" with an extra line,  "It certainly is now", looking down at Harold.


Making his way north, Paul and the band played ten shows in North America starting with Amway Center in Orlando and heading to Texas, Tennessee (where he paid tribute to inspiration, Elvis Presley his first visit this tour and returned again to play at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival), Oklahoma, and New York before heading off to Europe.

 In Europe he played three concerts, one in Poland, another in Italy, and one more in Austria. Before heading back to North America to play shows in Ottawa, Boston (where he set the record for the largest crowd in Fenway Parks history), Washington DC, Indiana, Milwaukee Settle (where Nirvana's surviving members were brought onstage), Quebec, San Francisco, Manitoba, and Regina.

But the tour doesn't end there! There are still three more venues McCartney and the Band have yet played, all in Japan. He will play Tokyo Dome for two nights, and Fukuoka Dome this coming November.

The main Set List for the Out There tour (varying on concerts some were not preformed) consisted of song's Paul had never preformed live with Beatles and Wings classics;
  • Eight Days A Week
  • Junior's Farm
  • All My Loving
  • Magical Mystery Tour
  • Listen To What The Man Said
  • Let Me Roll It 
  • Foxy Lady
  • Paperback Writer
  • My Valentine
  • Nineteen Hundred and Eighty- Five
  •  The Long and Winding Road
  • Maybe I'm Amazed
  • Hope of Deliverance
  • I've Just Seen A Face
  • Things We Said Today
  • Midnight Special
  • San Francisco Bay Blues
  • We Can Work It Out
  • Another Day
  • And I Love Her
  • Blackbird
  • Here Today
  • Your Mother Should Know
  • Lady Madonna
  • All Together Now
  • Michelle
  • Lovely Rita
  • Mrs Vanderbilt
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite
  • Ram On
  • Something
  • Obla-Di Obla-Da
  • Band On The Run
  • Back In The U.S.S.R
  • Let It Be
  • Live and Let Die
  • Hey Jude
  • Day Tripper
  • Hi, Hi, Hi
  • Cut Me Some Slack
  • Birthday
  • Get Back
  • I Saw Her Standing There
  •  Yesterday
  • Mull Of Kintyre
  • Long Tall Sally
  • Helter Skelter
  • Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/ The End 
On July 25, 2013 Rolling Stone talked to Paul McCartney with the following questions and Answers:
Have you been having a lot of fun on this tour?
Yeah, it's really fun. We've got a really good band. We're very happy with the show, 'cause we've honed it down over the years as to what we like playing and what we think the audience likes to hear. There's some stuff the audience doesn't even know – not many, I must admit, but a few little ones. So the show just seems to run itself now. I'm constantly amazed at it, actually. I get on there, do the opening things, and then suddenly I'm changing to electric guitar and I'm going, "Oh, this is nice" – you know, I always like to plug in an electric guitar. Then I'm swapping guitars for "Paperback Writer," and I'm thinking, "This is nice. I love this Epiphone Casino." [Ed. Note: For this song, McCartney plays the same guitar heard on the original 1966 recording.] Then, just when it could get boring, I move to piano, and I think, "Oh, this is cool!" I swap through instruments quite a lot, which keeps it nice and fresh for me.

May 4, 2013 @PaulMcCartney tweeted this picture with the caption "Finally Out There!"
You've added a few new Beatles songs to the set – "Lovely Rita," "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" and "All Together Now." What's it like playing those live for the first time ever?
That's challenging. I mean, something like "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" is hard to do. Ask a bass player who sings. It's contrapuntal, man! It really is. I've got to sing a melody that's going to one place, and then I've got to play this bassline that's going to other places. It's a concentration thing. But that's half the fun of the show. I'm still practicing, still trying to figure it out, particularly on the new numbers. It's like, "How does this one go again?"

What made you want to revisit those particular songs?
Well, for instance, "Mr. Kite" is such a crazy, oddball song that I thought it would freshen up the set. Plus the fact that I'd never done it. None of us in the Beatles ever did that song [in concert]. And I have great memories of writing it with John. I read, occasionally, people say, "Oh, John wrote that one." I say, "Wait a minute, what was that afternoon I spent with him, then, looking at this poster?" He happened to have a poster in his living room at home. I was out at his house, and we just got this idea, because the poster said "Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite" – and then we put in, you know, "there will be a show tonight," and then it was like, "of course," then it had "Henry the Horse dances the waltz." You know, whatever. "The Hendersons, Pablo Fanques, somersets…" We said, "What was 'somersets'? It must have been an old-fashioned way of saying somersaults." The song just wrote itself. So, yeah, I was happy to kind of reclaim it as partially mine. But like I said, you've got to look what you're doing when you play that one.

Brooklyn performance June 8,2013
Does it feel like you're coming full circle when you sing those words in front of these huge crowds after all those years?
You know, it's more a question of what a delight it is to finally play it. We played it when we recorded it – for instance, "Mr. Kite," when we recorded it, we laid down the track as a group, and then I put the bass on afterwards, as I often did in those days. So that gave me the opportunity to really think about the bassline and make it
melodic. But, of course, if I'd have thought, like, "Tomorrow you're going to have to play this live," I don't think I'd have made it so complicated! "Day Tripper" was another one. I thought, "I just can't do it." It's like patting your head and rubbing your belly at the same time. It's not that easy to do. You've got to practice up on that. I goofed it a million times in rehearsal. Then, finally, I just thought, "OK, wait a minute, I'll do that . . ." And I worked out how I was going to do it. So it's great for me, reviewing the past, and just thinking, "This is cool." It's still up-to-date. The combination of all of that makes it quite a joy to do.

Are there other Beatles songs that you've never played live that you'd like to do some day?
Yeah, I think there are. What I do is, each tour or each concert we're going to do, I will go back into the catalog and think, "Wait a minute, we could do that one," and there are a few little hidden gems. I haven't actually decided which ones are which yet, but I know there's so much in there. It's like a little treasure trove, you know? It's really quite a cool feeling, because as I do the songs, I am made very aware that that period when we recorded – the 10 years the Beatles were together – was a particularly rich period for art, anyway, and for us. We just kept popping it in there! You can think of songs like "Why Don't We Do It In The Road" – you think, "You know, that could go live." And then I can think of Wings things. People keep requesting "Uncle Albert." It'd be great to do, but it's just a little bit of a challenge to learn, 'cause these are not twelve-bars. But once you get them, and once you do them right, they kind of feel like twelve-bars. That's the trick. [Laughs]

Boston concert July 9, 2013
You played stadiums with the Beatles in the Sixties, obviously. Would you say that playing stadiums today is very different?
Oh, yeah, hugely different. It's kind of amusingly different. I think the first big stadium show anyone ever played was Shea Stadium [in 1965], 'cause we were hot enough to have the power to fill a place like that, and no one had ever dared that with a rock & roll act before. But when you think that we played through the PA – it was the baseball system, where the guy played that little organ. I mean, that's what we played through, and we just had our little amps. God knows how the audience heard us. I don't think they did. Maybe that's why they were screaming – to make up for the lack of noise we were making. It's funny when you think about it. By the time we got to the Wings Over America period in the Seventies, it had got very much bigger, and it was the birth of real arena rock & roll. By then, we could actually hear ourselves, the audience could hear us, and whatever noise they were going make, we could get above them.

Do you think you'll ever retire from performing live?
I don't know, man. I can't imagine ever not doing it. It's what I do, and it's what I've always done, and I love it so much. Of course, there's got to be some kind of physical limitation. But I haven't found it. I mean, I did that show last night, and I'm thinking, "Jesus, God, man. You know, you're not 25." But then, my other side of my head's going, "Yes, you are! Get on with it!" So I haven't found my physical limitation yet. If I do, then I'll have a think about the question. 'Til then, I'm ignoring it.

Read more on the interview with Rolling Stone here.

Sir Jame Paul McCartney at age 71 still preforms and sounds as he did at the beginning of his career and still shocks his audience by preforming three hour shows with his band including the very talented Brain Ray, Rusty Anderson, Paul Wickens (Winx) and Abe Laboriel, Jr.

Did you see Paul McCartney's Out There Tour? If so I'd love to hear about your experience, feel free to leave a comment.

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