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Posted by Nancy R

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      https://beatlefansomethingnew.wordpress.com/2019/12/11/seeing-mccartney-up-close-at-the-garden-remains-a-thrilling-memory/

      An abbreviated version of this is also in the latest Beatlefan magazine. 

        Nancy R wrote:

        https://beatlefansomethingnew.wordpress.com/2019/12/11/seeing-mccartney-up-close-at-the-garden-remains-a-thrilling-memory/

        An abbreviated version of this is also in the latest Beatlefan magazine. 

        Thanks Nancy for posting this great review.  I saw both shows in Philadelphia on that tour and I still remember my excitement.  It was not only my first time seeing Paul live but it was the first time I had heard all those great Beatle classics performed by the man who wrote them.  And his voice was great at both shows.  

        No doubt it was one of the best live shows by a modern rock/pop artist I had ever seen.  And he gave us so much "bang for the buck" with so many songs.  At that point I loved the setlist because they were all (Beatles and Post Beatles) new for me.  I loved hearing the Beatle, Wings and  Flowers in the Dirt songs equally.   I also loved that Band especially Robbie and Hamish.  I saw the same lineup for their next World Tour prmoting his next album "Off the Ground" in 1992.  As with the previous tour,  I thought the live performances on many of the Flowers and Off the Ground songs actually enhanced their "studio" counterparts.  For example, I remember many critiics hammering "Biker Like an Icon" and yet it sounded so much better to my ears hearing it live.  

        About 10 years later I again made sure I went to Paul's next big "Driving Rain"World Tour in 2002 when it came to Philadelphia.  That was just as good and exciting as the Flowers in the Dirt comback tour because it was the first time I saw Paul in a much smaller arena compared to the "stadium" shows I had seen in 1989 and 1992.  When I look back at the 2002 show, my only complaint is that I wished Paul had played a few more of his great Solo songs from Tug of War and Flaming Pie.  Still, who could complain about hearing many of the same Beatle songs again considering how much time had elapsed due to Linda's illness.  It was definitely bittersweet seeing Paul without Linda.  Paul's voice in 2002 was still very good and I still to this day remenber Paul opening the 2002 shows with Hello Goodbye.  What an opener considering it was yet another classic I had never heard done live.  On this tour, he did play 4 new songs from Driving Rain and in this case they actually sounded better live than the studio versions.  I remenber hearing Paul admit that he had some vocal problems during the Driving Rain sessions.  To this day, I remember my good friend (a huge Beatle fan while not a big Paul Solo fan) making a comment to me right after Paul/Band played Driving Rain (the actual song).  Like some of the music critics of the day, he was highly critical of the song.   Right after the performance, he leaned over to me and said "the song is way better live".

        Unfortunately, the 2002 tour was the start of Paul's live shows becoming too repetitiouis for my taste.  At that time, Paul's voice was still very good and I would have loved to hear Paul doing some of the great Solo songs he passed over like Wanderlust, Tug of War (the song), Take It Away, Somebody Who Cares, Beautiful Night, Little Willow etc.  This of course is from a massive Solo fan's perspective.  I do understand Paul's dilemma of having so many great songs to consider for his shows and so many of the attendees being far more Beatle than Solo fans.  As a fan, I'm more of an exception than the rule when it comes to all his different eras.

        Anyway, thanks again for posting this review.  It really brought back a lot of great memories.   

          ^ Just an fyi, the 2nd world tour you saw was in 1993, not 1992. 😉

            Nancy R wrote:

            ^ Just an fyi, the 2nd world tour you saw was in 1993, not 1992. 😉

            As usual, you are right.  

              B J Conlee wrote:

              Nancy R wrote:

              ^ Just an fyi, the 2nd world tour you saw was in 1993, not 1992. 😉

              As usual, you are right.  

              😂

                I attended the December 14 show at MSG!  Actually had floor seats about 28 rows back.  Back then of course, did not have a setlist in advance, so the show was surprising and exciting.  Of course not seeing Paul live since 1976, I was thrilled just to be there.  And the opener, Figure of Eight, pretty much enthralled the audience immediately. The only songs that were not too well received were Rough Ride and Ebony and Ivory.  IMO the highlights of this show were Fool On The Hill (which ends with Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech), first live performance of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (the crowd went bonkers); "Coming Up" (with a little Average White Band snippet of Pick Up The Pieces in honor of Hamish Stuart); and the glorious finale of Golden Slumbers!  Remember Paul talking frequently to the audience.  

                  I remember this World Tour 1990 with Paul and Linda, very fondly.  Saw this show with a good friend of mine and always think of this show when I hear Venus and Mars playing! One thing I especially remember is Linda McCartney onstage.  I always admired Linda rocking out with Paul, onstage. It was sooooo cool. I really loved the songs played during the tour especially. This was my first time seeing Paul play live and what a thrill!! It was just so unbelievable,  finally seeing one of the BeaTles for the first time!!! The energy in the air was so intense, yet happy and peaceful. When I  run into either one of my friends from that day, that concert always comes up!! It was like our Woodstock in a way...we saw Paul McCartney play live!!!  We were thunderstruck, we all grabbed hands screaming and jumping up and down at points. THUD 

                  Years later, we are definitely alot calmer LOL and have been to many many more concerts... yet it is so fun to reminisce back to the thrill of that first concert... shared with our good friends... and a milestone first time seeing Paul play live and so many songs that I love, hearing them for the first time!

                   

                   

                    love2travel wrote:

                    I remember this World Tour 1990 with Paul and Linda, very fondly.  Saw this show with a good friend of mine and always think of this show when I hear Venus and Mars playing! One thing I especially remember is Linda McCartney onstage.  I always admired Linda rocking out with Paul, onstage. It was sooooo cool. I really loved the songs played during the tour especially. This was my first time seeing Paul play live and what a thrill!! It was just so unbelievable,  finally seeing one of the BeaTles for the first time!!! The energy in the air was so intense, yet happy and peaceful. When I  run into either one of my friends from that day, that concert always comes up!! It was like our Woodstock in a way...we saw Paul McCartney play live!!!  We were thunderstruck, we all grabbed hands screaming and jumping up and down at points. THUD 

                    Years later, we are definitely alot calmer LOL and have been to many many more concerts... yet it is so fun to reminisce back to the thrill of that first concert... shared with our good friends... and a milestone first time seeing Paul play live and so many songs that I love, hearing them for the first time!

                     

                     

                    You must be quite a bit younger than me. How old were you in 1990 if I may ask? I was 35. 

                      wingsoverkc wrote:

                      I attended the December 14 show at MSG!  Actually had floor seats about 28 rows back.  Back then of course, did not have a setlist in advance, so the show was surprising and exciting.  Of course not seeing Paul live since 1976, I was thrilled just to be there.  And the opener, Figure of Eight, pretty much enthralled the audience immediately. The only songs that were not too well received were Rough Ride and Ebony and Ivory.  IMO the highlights of this show were Fool On The Hill (which ends with Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech), first live performance of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (the crowd went bonkers); "Coming Up" (with a little Average White Band snippet of Pick Up The Pieces in honor of Hamish Stuart); and the glorious finale of Golden Slumbers!  Remember Paul talking frequently to the audience.  

                      Great memories wingsoverkc.  One big difference with your experience vs mine is that you saw Paul/Band in an arena (Madison Square Garden).  That had to be so exciting.

                      My memories were also great but I saw Paul in a big stadium.  They did have good size screens so you could see him and the band members well by looking at the giant screens.  I have to say however that when I did finally see Paul in a much smaller venue find in 2003, it was just as mindboggling (Driving Rain tour).  That being said, seeing Paul for the first time in 1990 was very, very exciting (I never had a chance to see the Wings Over America tour).  My memory many years later is just how awestrck I was.  Looking back, all the songs were "first time" in person for me. Because of that fact, there was no "setlist opinions or disappointsments at that time like there is today.  

                      From my memory, I loved many of the Beatle songs that Paul did.  His vocals were very good from my memory. I loved hearing Paul singing some of the famous Big Beatle songs like Let It Be, Eleanor Rigby,  Long and Winding Road,  Can't Buy Me Love, Get Back and Yesterday.  I also loved some of the surprises that night that weren't the big singles/hits like  Got to Get You Back in My Life, Things We Said Today, Golden Slumbers (Encore Song) and as you mentioned Fool on the Hill.  "Fool" as you described was very powerful.  I especially liked Things We Said Today with Robbie McIntosh's lead guitar solo.

                       The other part of the show I loved and very surprising was Paul's "early tribute" group of songs for John Lennon.  Beginning with the Driving Rain Tour in 2002 as you know, Paul has used (and still has to this day) his song "Here Today" as his tribute song to John.  But in the Flowers in the Dirt Tour, Paul did a 3 part tribute...Strawberry Fields Forever, Help and Give Peace a Chance.  I still love that part of the show.  I thought Paul did a great job singing and playing on Strawberry Fields and Help with Linda by his side and then Give Peace Chance became a big sing-along.

                      I also loved all the Flowers in the Dirt songs.  I had heard the CD quite a few times prior to the stadium show so I knew the songs.  I thought the live versions were done very well.  I actually liked Rough Ride a lot so I was right there singing along although it was quiet as you said because it was less known.  Like others had said, it was a great surprise that he opened the show with Figurer of 8.  I also especially liked his vocals on Put It There.

                      By the time the Philadelphia shows had come around, Paul had dropped Ebony and Ivory from the Setlist.  Listening to the subsequent Live Cd's for that tour,  I thought that Hamish did a good job on the Stevie Wonder parts but Paul must have thought it wasn't going down that well.  Great show and one thing I knew after seeing Paul for the first time... I was definitely going to see him the next time he came to Philly which I did in 2002 (or was it 2003)

                        B J Conlee wrote:

                        wingsoverkc wrote:

                        I attended the December 14 show at MSG!  Actually had floor seats about 28 rows back.  Back then of course, did not have a setlist in advance, so the show was surprising and exciting.  Of course not seeing Paul live since 1976, I was thrilled just to be there.  And the opener, Figure of Eight, pretty much enthralled the audience immediately. The only songs that were not too well received were Rough Ride and Ebony and Ivory.  IMO the highlights of this show were Fool On The Hill (which ends with Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech), first live performance of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (the crowd went bonkers); "Coming Up" (with a little Average White Band snippet of Pick Up The Pieces in honor of Hamish Stuart); and the glorious finale of Golden Slumbers!  Remember Paul talking frequently to the audience.  

                        Great memories wingsoverkc.  One big difference with your experience vs mine is that you saw Paul/Band in an arena (Madison Square Garden).  That had to be so exciting.

                        My memories were also great but I saw Paul in a big stadium.  They did have good size screens so you could see him and the band members well by looking at the giant screens.  I have to say however that when I did see Paul in a much smaller venue find in 2002 it was just as mindboggling (Driving Rain tour).  That being said, seeing Paul for the first time in 1989 was very, very exciting (I never had a chance to see the Wings Over America tour).  My memory many years later is just how awestrck I was.  Looking back, all the songs were "first time in person for me. Because of that fact, there was no "setlist opinions" at that time like there is today.  

                        From my memory, I loved many of the Beatle songs that Paul did.  I loved hearing Paul singing some of the famous Big Beatle songs like Let It Be, Eleanor Rigby,  Long and Winding Road,  Can't Buy Me Love, Get Back and Yesterday.  I think some of the surprises that night were the non-hit Beatle songs like Got to Get You Back in My Life, Things We Said Today, Golden Slumbers (Encore Song) and as you mentioned Fool on the Hill.  "Fool" as you described was very powerful.  I especially liked Things We Said Today with Robbie McIntosh's lead guitar solo.

                         The other part of the show I loved and surprising was Paul's "early tribute" group of songs for John Lennon.  Beginning with the Driving Rain Tour in 2002 as you know, Paul has used (and still has to this day) his song "Here Today" as his tribute song to John.  But in the Flowers in the Dirt Tour, Paul did a 3 part tribute...Strawberry Fields Forever, Help and Give Peace a Chance.  I still love that part of the show.  I thought Paul did a great job singing and playing on Strawberry Fields and Help with Linda by his side and then Give Peace Chance became a big sing-along.

                        I also loved all the Flowers in the Dirt songs.  I had heard the CD quite a few times prior to the stadium show so I knew the songs.  I thought the live versions were done very well.  I actually liked Rough Ride a lot so I was right there singing along although it was quiet as you said because it was less known.  I especially liked his vocals and the live version of Put It There.

                        By the time the Philadelphia shows had come around, Paul had dropped Ebony and Ivory from the Setlist.  Listening to the subsequent Live Cd's for that tour,  I thought that Hamish did a good job on the Stevie Wonder parts but Paul must have thought it wasn't going down that well.  Great show and I knew I was going to see him the next time in Philly which I did in 2002 or was it 2003.

                        He played Philly Apr. 16, 2002 in the Driving USA Tour. I saw him in Atlanta (first of 2 nights) May 12, 2002. He sounded wonderful - I was so happy that night! 

                        https://www.paulmccartney.com/live/tour-archives/driving-usa-tour

                        P.S. I don't see Ebony & Ivory on any of the shows prior to Philly. Did you mean he sang it in 1989/1990 but not in 2002? He sang it in 1990 in Atlanta. 

                        https://www.paulmccartney.com/live/atlanta-5

                          Nancy R wrote: 

                          P.S. I don't see Ebony & Ivory on any of the shows prior to Philly. Did you mean he sang it in 1989/1990 but not in 2002? He sang it in 1990 in Atlanta. 

                          https://www.paulmccartney.com/live/atlanta-5

                          Ebony & Ivory was played at the early 1990 indoor US shows (one of which was Atlanta), but was dropped after that;  the summer stadium leg shows did not have it in the set.

                          And thanks to everyone for posting their memories! Am enjoying reading them! 1989/90 is still one of my favorite Paul tours to this day. It was so exciting to have him back on stage at last!  I saw a few US shows in 1989 and then went to the UK in January 1990 to catch a few shows in Birmingham and all of the London shows at Wembley Arena (I think there were 10 or 11).  There's nothing better than heading to a Paul concert nearly every night of the week!  I loved all the Flowers in the Dirt songs, so hearing them live was so much fun. I wish he would put at least one of them back into his current shows.  

                            thenightfish wrote:

                            Nancy R wrote: 

                            P.S. I don't see Ebony & Ivory on any of the shows prior to Philly. Did you mean he sang it in 1989/1990 but not in 2002? He sang it in 1990 in Atlanta. 

                            https://www.paulmccartney.com/live/atlanta-5

                            Ebony & Ivory was played at the early 1990 indoor US shows (one of which was Atlanta), but was dropped after that;  the summer stadium leg shows did not have it in the set.

                            And thanks to everyone for posting their memories! Am enjoying reading them! 1989/90 is still one of my favorite Paul tours to this day. It was so exciting to have him back on stage at last!  I saw a few US shows in 1989 and then went to the UK in January 1990 to catch a few shows in Birmingham and all of the London shows at Wembley Arena (I think there were 10 or 11).  There's nothing better than heading to a Paul concert nearly every night of the week!  I loved all the Flowers in the Dirt songs, so hearing them live was so much fun. I wish he would put at least one of them back into his current shows.  

                            Thanks for the clarification Nightfish.  I didn't remember hearing Paul and Band play Ebony and Ivory at either of the outdoor Philadelphia shows in 1989 I attended.

                            It was great looking back at the very exciting 1989 Tour.  As I mentioned, there were so many reasons for me spending the money and seeing Paul in the summer of 1989.  I had never seen him live up to that point.

                            Personally, the 1989 tour (promoting Flowers in the Dirt) and the 2002 tour (promoting Driving Rain) were probably the two greatest Paul shows I have ever attended.  It also made me think that 2 of Paul's best Solo albums were really shortchanged in that 1989 and 2002 Era.  In breaking up Wings in 1980, Paul never did get a chance to tour promoting Tug of War.   In 1989 Paul's voice was still very good but unfortunately, the timing was off for Tug of War.

                            From time to time I think just how good some of those great Tug of War songs would have sounded "live".  I'm thinking of songs like Wanderlust,  The Pound is Sinking, Take It Away, Tug of War (the song), Somebody Who Cares.

                            Same thing for Flaming Pie.  With Linda's death, Paul didn't do a World tour (for me meaning coming to the States) until 2002.  By that time he had a new album, Driving Rain to promote.  Again, I think about how good songs like The World Tonight, Young Boy, Little Willow, Beautiful Night etc. might have sounded.  He did add Calico Skies and the song Flaming Pie to the setlist a few years later.  Besides Ebony and Ivory for a few shows in 1989, he also added Here Today from Tug of War a few years in 2002.  There were a bunch of great songs from those 2 Solo albums that never got the "live" treatment and as a big time Solo Macca fan, that is a shame.  But as zi said, those 2 tours (1989 and 2002) were great and I'll never forget them. 

                              Nancy R wrote:

                              love2travel wrote:

                              I remember this World Tour 1990 with Paul and Linda, very fondly.  Saw this show with a good friend of mine and always think of this show when I hear Venus and Mars playing! One thing I especially remember is Linda McCartney onstage.  I always admired Linda rocking out with Paul, onstage. It was sooooo cool. I really loved the songs played during the tour especially. This was my first time seeing Paul play live and what a thrill!! It was just so unbelievable,  finally seeing one of the BeaTles for the first time!!! The energy in the air was so intense, yet happy and peaceful. When I  run into either one of my friends from that day, that concert always comes up!! It was like our Woodstock in a way...we saw Paul McCartney play live!!!  We were thunderstruck, we all grabbed hands screaming and jumping up and down at points. THUD 

                              Years later, we are definitely alot calmer LOL and have been to many many more concerts... yet it is so fun to reminisce back to the thrill of that first concert... shared with our good friends... and a milestone first time seeing Paul play live and so many songs that I love, hearing them for the first time!

                               

                               

                              You must be quite a bit younger than me. How old were you in 1990 if I may ask? I was 35. 

                              When I was 18 I decided to feel 18ish for good. LOL it was that Princeton University hippie professor that convinced me...he was right! He was so much fun!!! 

                                love2travel wrote:

                                Nancy R wrote:
                                love2travel wrote:

                                I remember this World Tour 1990 with Paul and Linda, very fondly.  Saw this show with a good friend of mine and always think of this show when I hear Venus and Mars playing! One thing I especially remember is Linda McCartney onstage.  I always admired Linda rocking out with Paul, onstage. It was sooooo cool. I really loved the songs played during the tour especially. This was my first time seeing Paul play live and what a thrill!! It was just so unbelievable,  finally seeing one of the BeaTles for the first time!!! The energy in the air was so intense, yet happy and peaceful. When I  run into either one of my friends from that day, that concert always comes up!! It was like our Woodstock in a way...we saw Paul McCartney play live!!!  We were thunderstruck, we all grabbed hands screaming and jumping up and down at points. THUD 

                                Years later, we are definitely alot calmer LOL and have been to many many more concerts... yet it is so fun to reminisce back to the thrill of that first concert... shared with our good friends... and a milestone first time seeing Paul play live and so many songs that I love, hearing them for the first time!

                                 

                                 

                                You must be quite a bit younger than me. How old were you in 1990 if I may ask? I was 35. 

                                When I was 18 I decided to feel 18ish for good. LOL it was that Princeton University hippie professor that convinced me...he was right! He was so much fun!!! 

                                I know what you mean - inside I don't feel any older than 25 at the most! 

                                  Pauls best touring band was 89-93.  Now the songs almost try to sound like heavy metal versions of the originals.    In 89 Pauls vocals were rough, and you can hear it on boots, and on Tripping the Live.  '93 he sounded the best vocally, and Linda was still year.  '02-'05 were strong as well, but the band wasn't as tight as 89-93.  Its been all downhill post '05.  Stale setlists, same stories, fading voice, embarrasing interviews about jerking off etc.

                                    Nancy R wrote:

                                    https://beatlefansomethingnew.wordpress.com/2019/12/11/seeing-mccartney-up-close-at-the-garden-remains-a-thrilling-memory/

                                    An abbreviated version of this is also in the latest Beatlefan magazine. 

                                    Great review and I totally agree. Like others that have posted, I saw him in MSG also in 1989. My seats were close to the stage and the next level up from the floor and it was great. I loved that he opened with "Figure Of Eight" and was up on my feet immediately when the song started. It was such a thrill to hear those Beatle songs back then and I really loved Sgt Pepper jam for example. I am glad the reviewer mentioned "We Got Married", I loved the song and always think it is not appreciated enough in comparison to other songs from FITD. I am a big fan of 50's rock so I really enjoyed him doing "Twenty Flight Rock" and "Ain't That A Shame". 

                                    At the time I saw this show I did not think about McCartney playing songs from TOW and now in retrospect I wish he had done something like "Take It Away". Anyway, it was a great show and after the show we went to my favorite Irish pub in NYC called PJ Morans and had a blast. BTW - I still have that program from the show !!

                                      Yankeefan2 wrote:

                                      Nancy R wrote:

                                      https://beatlefansomethingnew.wordpress.com/2019/12/11/seeing-mccartney-up-close-at-the-garden-remains-a-thrilling-memory/

                                      An abbreviated version of this is also in the latest Beatlefan magazine. 

                                      Great review and I totally agree. Like others that have posted, I saw him in MSG also in 1989. My seats were close to the stage and the next level up from the floor and it was great. I loved that he opened with "Figure Of Eight" and was up on my feet immediately when the song started. It was such a thrill to hear those Beatle songs back then and I really loved Sgt Pepper jam for example. I am glad the reviewer mentioned "We Got Married", I loved the song and always think it is not appreciated enough in comparison to other songs from FITD. I am a big fan of 50's rock so I really enjoyed him doing "Twenty Flight Rock" and "Ain't That A Shame". 

                                      At the time I saw this show I did not think about McCartney playing songs from TOW and now in retrospect I wish he had done something like "Take It Away". Anyway, it was a great show and after the show we went to my favorite Irish pub in NYC called PJ Morans and had a blast. BTW - I still have that program from the show !!

                                      Hey Yankeefan...Sounds like you had great seats.

                                      Like I said, I saw him in Philadelphia the same year (or was it 1990) but our show was at a big Stadium.  The Show was great but thank God they had the big screens so you could at least see him without binoculars.  It was my first time seeing him or any Beatle ever so I was just mesmorized being there.  All the songs ( including the classic Beatle songs) were new too me so I never gave his Setlist a thought.  I was already into Flowers in the Dirt so I loved that he did like 6 of those.

                                      We had to wait like over 12 years later to see him again in 2002 for the Driving Rain tour.  This time it was in an arena in Philly and it made a big difference.  I thought the show was fantastic (still remember the opening saw...Hello Goodbye) and how exciting that was.  At that time Paul had a new Band so they were all new to me. I was with a good friend of mine who was more of a Paul Beatle fan and like me he was mesmorized and couln't believe how good Paul sounded.  I still remember walking out of the Arena that night thinking I wished he had played some Tug of War and Flaming Pie songs that I loved.  I did like the Driving Rain songs but I didn't like them as much as some of the songs on Pie and Tug.

                                        Yankeefan2 wrote:

                                        Nancy R wrote:

                                        https://beatlefansomethingnew.wordpress.com/2019/12/11/seeing-mccartney-up-close-at-the-garden-remains-a-thrilling-memory/

                                        An abbreviated version of this is also in the latest Beatlefan magazine. 

                                        Great review and I totally agree. Like others that have posted, I saw him in MSG also in 1989. My seats were close to the stage and the next level up from the floor and it was great. I loved that he opened with "Figure Of Eight" and was up on my feet immediately when the song started. It was such a thrill to hear those Beatle songs back then and I really loved Sgt Pepper jam for example. I am glad the reviewer mentioned "We Got Married", I loved the song and always think it is not appreciated enough in comparison to other songs from FITD. I am a big fan of 50's rock so I really enjoyed him doing "Twenty Flight Rock" and "Ain't That A Shame". 

                                        At the time I saw this show I did not think about McCartney playing songs from TOW and now in retrospect I wish he had done something like "Take It Away". Anyway, it was a great show and after the show we went to my favorite Irish pub in NYC called PJ Morans and had a blast. BTW - I still have that program from the show !!

                                        Hey Yankeefan...Sounds like you had great seats.

                                        Like I said, I saw him in Philadelphia the same year (or was it 1990) but our show was at a big Stadium.  The Show was great but thank God they had the big screens so you could at least see him without binoculars.  It was my first time seeing him or any Beatle ever so I was just mesmorized being there.  All the songs ( including the classic Beatle songs) were new too me so I never gave his Setlist a thought.  I was already into Flowers in the Dirt so I loved that he did like 6 of those.

                                        We had to wait like over 12 years later to see him again in 2002 for the Driving Rain tour.  This time it was in an arena in Philly and it made a big difference.  I thought the show was fantastic (still remember the opening saw...Hello Goodbye) and how exciting that was.  At that time Paul had a new Band so they were all new to me. I was with a good friend of mine who was more of a Paul Beatle fan and like me he was mesmorized and couln't believe how good Paul sounded.  I still remember walking out of the Arena that night thinking I wished he had played some Tug of War and Flaming Pie songs that I loved.  I did like the Driving Rain songs but I didn't like them as much as some of the songs on Pie and Tug that I still think are classics.

                                          B J Conlee wrote:

                                          Yankeefan2 wrote:
                                          Nancy R wrote:

                                          https://beatlefansomethingnew.wordpress.com/2019/12/11/seeing-mccartney-up-close-at-the-garden-remains-a-thrilling-memory/

                                          An abbreviated version of this is also in the latest Beatlefan magazine. 

                                          Great review and I totally agree. Like others that have posted, I saw him in MSG also in 1989. My seats were close to the stage and the next level up from the floor and it was great. I loved that he opened with "Figure Of Eight" and was up on my feet immediately when the song started. It was such a thrill to hear those Beatle songs back then and I really loved Sgt Pepper jam for example. I am glad the reviewer mentioned "We Got Married", I loved the song and always think it is not appreciated enough in comparison to other songs from FITD. I am a big fan of 50's rock so I really enjoyed him doing "Twenty Flight Rock" and "Ain't That A Shame". 

                                          At the time I saw this show I did not think about McCartney playing songs from TOW and now in retrospect I wish he had done something like "Take It Away". Anyway, it was a great show and after the show we went to my favorite Irish pub in NYC called PJ Morans and had a blast. BTW - I still have that program from the show !!

                                          Hey Yankeefan...Sounds like you had great seats.

                                          Like I said, I saw him in Philadelphia the same year (or was it 1990) but our show was at a big Stadium.  The Show was great but thank God they had the big screens so you could at least see him without binoculars.  It was my first time seeing him or any Beatle ever so I was just mesmorized being there.  All the songs ( including the classic Beatle songs) were new too me so I never gave his Setlist a thought.  I was already into Flowers in the Dirt so I loved that he did like 6 of those.

                                          We had to wait like over 12 years later to see him again in 2002 for the Driving Rain tour.  This time it was in an arena in Philly and it made a big difference.  I thought the show was fantastic (still remember the opening saw...Hello Goodbye) and how exciting that was.  At that time Paul had a new Band so they were all new to me. I was with a good friend of mine who was more of a Paul Beatle fan and like me he was mesmorized and couln't believe how good Paul sounded.  I still remember walking out of the Arena that night thinking I wished he had played some Tug of War and Flaming Pie songs that I loved.  I did like the Driving Rain songs but I didn't like them as much as some of the songs on Pie and Tug that I still think are classics.

                                          B J, you saw him either July 14th or 15th, 1990 in Philly at Veteran's Stadium. 😉