Wow! What a concert! Last night Paul McCartney played at the O2 in London, and was joined onstage by Ringo Starr and Ronnie Wood!!
Paul played in London for the first time in 4 years. In that time, his voice has deteriorated somewhat – but he still puts on an amazing show. For the first time, we took our daughter, Lilia, who has never seen a Beatle live before. Now she has seen 2 for the price of 1!
Our seats weren’t as good as previous shows here, but at least we were inside, many people were left disappointed as the concert sold out within minutes of going onsale.
Paul calls the tour ‘Freshen Up’ – and to some extent his show has been freshened up, but is largely similar to his previous tour. You can’t really expect more from a 76 year old – and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
Paul got people on their feet right from the start but opening with A Hard Day’s Night. There was a huge cheer when Paul got onstage. As usual, Paul’s band was fabulous. They have been together now for around 16 years – Paul’s longest lasting band by far, including the Beatles.
In all, the Paul sang 40 songs and the gig lasted for 3 hours – and the quality was fabulous from start to finish. Paul’s shows are always very well put together, and this was no different. He started out on his famous Hoffner Violin Bass, before switching to lead guitar and then piano.
I’ve seen Paul live well over 30 times, and enjoyed them all, but this gig I enjoyed more than most as we were taking our 11 year old Daughter, Lilia, to her first gig by a Beatle. She really loved it and it was wonderful to see her enthusiasm.
The main set was brilliant, peppered with Beatles classics, but also songs from Egypt Station, which sounded great, even up against their more famous companions.
As usual, Paul ended the first part of the gig with an explosive Live and Let Die, and of course Hey Jude. It’s always great singing along with 20,000 other fans on the Na Na Na bits. After Hey Jude, many people around me decided to leave. Boy, did they miss a great encore! It started with Wonderful Christmas Time, with backing from the Capital Children’s Choir – with fake snow coming down on the audience. As the choir went off stage one way, an extra drum kit was wheeled in from the other. Paul then announced there would be a surprise, which even he didn’t know about until earlier that day. He then introduced Ronnie Wood onstage – and then Ringo!! Not surprisingly the roof raised at this point. They launched into a brilliant version of Get Back, with Ringo on drums and Ronnie on lead guitar. As Paul said himself, how do you top that? Well, he might not have topped it, but Paul then did a blistering performance of Helter Skelter, and finished with Golden Slumber, Carry That Weight, and The End. What a gig!
After the show though, our enjoyment of the evening was nearly ended by absolute chaos on London Underground, as trains stopped running just minutes after the concert ended, stranding more than 5000 people. Luckily, we got on one of the last trains, but it was absolutely packed. We managed to get home safely though, and I’ve still got a big grin on my face, remembering such a great night.
Here are some reviews of the show https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/music/paul-mccartney-o2-review-ringo-star-a4019111.html