LetMeRollIt89:I recall various stories Paul has told about why certain songs have made it into the setlist. Such as in The Space Between Us. Sounds like Paul runs into the right fan at the right time once in a while.
After seeing Paul on this tour and talking over the setlist with friends and family who saw him for the first time, we've had this discussion. I've seen fantasy setlists and some awesome ideas people here have proposed, but for this...let's say you bump into Paul on this tour and have 30 seconds to rattle off only a few suggestions that he has never done or rarely done. Only pick 3 that 75-year-old Paul could do in his current setlist. What would they be?
1.) Goodnight Tonight (first encore song or before Golden Slumbers, audience participation on chorus at the end)
2.) Ballroom Dancing (would make for a great video on the screen, with footage from the song in Broad Street and maybe some Dancing With The Stars. Wix could make this sound awesome with the brass and Paul's voice could still pull this off. Would put it in the piano set with Lady Madonna, Queenie Eye, and New)
3.) My Brave Face (could fit in nicely for the 3rd or 4th song, maybe after Cant Buy Me Love. I had a small glimmer of hope this would come out with the Flowers reissue and selling the CDs at the concerts.)
3 songs I'd pick for One on One. What would you request to add?
Great Post Let Me Roll It.
You really state in a nutshell what I believe (my opinion) is missing from Paul's Setlist. It is a lack of creativity and imagination that these suggestions (including yours) have.
Except for a few songs like...You Won't See Me (great rendition), Love Me Do (great sing along that saves Paul's voice) and Hard Day's Night (great opener), the rest of the setlist shows a real lack of thought (and imagination) of what could potentially constitute a great setlist.
Based on what Paul (with the help of his Band) could actually do vocally in 2017, here a few of mine:
1.Put in "Ever Present Past" instead of Temporary Secretary (similar but much better song)
2,Put in "When I'm 64" instead of Mr. Kite (mainly to change things up but "64" is a perfect sing-a-long that the crowd would go nuts singing. I don't think Paul realizes that "64" is the new "Boomer" birthday "standard" these days. Another song that would help save his voice but at the same time create all kinds of audience participation and excitement. Believe it or not, he has never sung this "live".
3. Immediately follow "When I'm 64" with "Lovely Rita" just like it is on the Sgt. Pepper album..a perfect follow-up like the way Band on the Run follows up Back in the USSR
4. Put in "Somebody Who Cares" instead of 4-5 Seconds - a much better song and Paul could probably sing it better. This is yet another criminally under appreciated song off of Tug of War that a very young James McCartney (at like 4 or 5 years old) liked the best on the Album. Shows the kid really had good taste even at that age.
I could do others but will allow more people to have their shot. I wish Paul would just skip the whole "career spanning, relevant, history" theme and just focus on great overlooked songs. OK he did Temporary Secretary, 4-5 Seconds, Mr. Kite but now is the time to bring in some new, truly fresh additions. Do something for the hard core fans! The 1st timers are going to enjoy any setlist that includes the "signature" songs that he always does.
PS Love your "Ballroom Dancing" suggestion. For those who may not have seen one of my previous posts...that was the 1st song that my little one year old danced to all around our living room. She obviously had no idea who Paul or the Beatles were but man did she love that song.