Jillian Mapes for Pitchfork.: "The ranking went a little something like this: Roger Waters was the best (with some credit due to Lucius' Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, who brought new life to Floyd's iconic vocal solos and accompaniments), followed by Neil Young (again with a nod to his backing players, Willie Nelson's sons' band Promise of the Real, who've leveled up). Then came the Who, the Stones, Dylan, and McCartney. Essentially, the three "most important" acts delivered the weakest shows.
If you've seen McCartney's last few tours, you likely know his routine: the story about Jimi Hendrix (almost) learning Sgt. Pepper's in a few days and playing it live with the Beatles in the crowd, the intro to "Here Today" in which he laments not expressing his love to John Lennon before he died, the bit about George Harrison being a great ukulele player ahead of "Something," how "Blackbird" was his encouragement of the Civil Rights movement. And like his fellow septuagenarian icons (with the exception of Jagger), McCartney's voice has accumulated noticeable weak spots, mostly in the mid to high range. When Dylan--whose vocal decline and (even more noticeable) apathy for what fans want has become common knowledge over the last decade--outperforms you, it's time to shake things up a bit. You know, beyond clunkily reworking Rihanna and Kanye's parts in "FourFiveSeconds."
But one high point came when Macca was joined by Young on "Why Don't We Do It in the Road," a song McCartney had apparently never performed live before Saturday, as well as "A Day in the Life" and "Give Peace a Chance." The two have played together before, but their bromance felt rare in its giddiness, particularly after seeing Young's scowl peek out under his hat during his own scorched-earth opening set of fresh environmental pleas and improvised favorites (including a 22-minute "After the Gold Rush" that felt like the true Zenith of Neil). Instead, a "pinch me" smile was plastered on Young's face as he stared at McCartney and screamed Lennon's words of peace--an expression appreciated, and maybe even echoed, in the crowd."