Paul McCartney – LIVE in Minneapolis

Paul throughout the evening with some of his many instruments.

From the time Sir James Paul McCartney walked out on stage with his band, through to the second encore, I was enraptured. I didn’t want to miss a single moment of this legendary performance.

Three hours. 39 songs.

McCartney did not disappoint. In fact, the live performance exceeded my expectations. He played many of the classics and sprinkled in some songs from his recent release, NEW, as well as making a small tribute to Jimi Hendrix with an instrumental cover of “Foxy Lady” and played George Harrison’s “Something” on ukelele.

Paul gave a few anecdotes about the glory days and the inspiration for some songs, but most of his breath was spent exercising his impressive vocal chords. At any age, his vocal capacity is astounding, but especially at 72.

“Live And Let Die” was epic. An impressive light show and fireworks accompanied the orchestral-like song and the crowd was loving it.

Paul had the crowd join in on “Hey Jude” and “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” but he didn’t have to ask for participation on most of the hits – many fans were on their feet, singing along.

I believe my favorite moment, and the perfect finish, was “Golden Slumbers” into “Carry That Weight” into “The End”, following the classic ending of Abbey Road.

It would have been fun to hear him play “When I’m Sixty-Four” and “Rocky Raccoon”, among others, but how could I ask for more after 39 songs?

He ended the show by saying, “See you next time!” I won’t take that as a promise to come to Minneapolis again, but we can hope.

I caught the ending to “Hey Jude” on video and, although the quality isn’t good, you get some idea of the energy in the stadium.

Set list:

  1. Eight Days a Week 
  2. Save Us 
  3. All My Loving 
  4. Listen to What the Man Said 
  5. Let Me Roll It 
  6. Paperback Writer 
  7. My Valentine 
  8. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five 
  9. The Long and Winding Road 
  10. Maybe I’m Amazed 
  11. I’ve Just Seen a Face 
  12. We Can Work It Out 
  13. Another Day 
  14. And I Love Her 
  15. Blackbird 
  16. Here Today 
  17. New 
  18. Queenie Eye 
  19. Lady Madonna 
  20. All Together Now 
  21. Lovely Rita 
  22. Everybody Out There 
  23. Eleanor Rigby 
  24. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! 
  25. Something 
  26. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da 
  27. Band on the Run 
  28. Back in the U.S.S.R. 
  29. Let It Be 
  30. Live and Let Die 
  31. Hey Jude 


  1. Day Tripper 
  2. Hi, Hi, Hi 
  3. Get Back 

2nd Encore:

  1. Yesterday 
  2. Helter Skelter 
  3. Golden Slumbers 
  4. Carry That Weight
  5. The End