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Last post 11/06/2022

Posted by thenightfish

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      Didn't see a thread for this gig, so I'm starting one. I'll see about dropping some pics here after the show. Been a few years since my last Macca concert, but I'm usually able to get something posted here. Grabbed some dinner and the first song that came on the radio was "My Brave Face". I know that won't turn up in the setlist, but it was nice to catch that nonetheless.

      My biggest concern right now is parking. Gonna try and get there pretty early. If anyone else here is going, enjoy the show!

       

        Have a good time everyone!

         

          It's a hot one today. The lines in the front gates were three times as long, so luckily I went to the back gates and got right in. Grabbed a program ($50!!) but it's a hefty one. 

            Live feed

            https://www.facebook.com/watch/live?ref=watch_permalink&v=727301211946681

             

            edit: he seems to be having issues with the sound!

              Knoxville in the books. My first Macca show in 5 years did not disappoint! Just a few observations and notes randomly collected throughout:

              - The new Get Back footage, plus "Get Back" being in the main set as opposed to the encore set, was a highlight for me. I would've loved to see it be the opener for the "Got Back" tour.

              - Abe's "Dance Tonight" routine as enjoyable as ever. Just put a big smile on my face.

              - Water bottle! One sip mid-show. A rarity to see. Not sure if that's become common on this tour.

              - Possibly (somehow) the best "Here Today" vocal I've heard in a decade of tours, in my opinion.

              - The horn section!!! What an enhancement to a lot of these tracks. I missed the last tour, so this was new for me. "Letting Go" and "Got To Get You Into My Life" beefed up and sounding awesome. But the swelling brass throughout the "Hey Jude" chorus took it to a new level of euphoria.

              - Nothing from McCartney III? I was really hoping something would make the setlist. I love how Paul singled out "New" as a new song (going on 9 years). I think that album is aging well and it was nice to have it in the setlist.

              - Sitting in the aisle by an usher revealed an alarming number of fans complaining about the Ticketmaster app tickets. Groups of people with all the tickets on one person's phone - combined with having to show tickets anytime entering the main floor - really seemed to irritate many and create extra foot traffic. Seems like a lot of people who haven't gone to a concert in awhile.

              All in all, I loved it. Coming off that break, the Get Back film, the pending 80th birthday - I think it just created a wonderful mood for me to sit back and enjoy the show.

               

                ^ GREAT pics! Thanks for posting them here.

                  Well, it appears he decided to shave again, as he did in Orlando! 😂

                  LOVE the bottom left photo! 😍

                    Not that it's important, but I think I see some stubble.

                      Great show last night. Very surprised at how well his voice came across live.   As noted earlier, he did take a drink of something and it was just befor doing Blackbird and Hete Today which must be the acid test for his voice.

                      My wife  and I both agreed that songs were better because he didn't strive to hit the high notes that are now out of reach.   Amazed at how well Maybe I'm Amazed came across.   

                      Preconcert music may have held clues to the next Archives release with both With A Little Luck and the unreleased Waterspout being included.  Both, of course, ware from the Londontown era. With a little luck, maybe that and Back to the Egg out for Christmas.  Others have reported coasters being sold with these album logos

                      Regretfully MIA-anything from Macca III.  Always nice to hear Let 'Em In. 

                      Fuh You more tolerable live than on ES.  Made me long for the better songs from that album.

                      Really liked the Money/Bathroom Window medley.

                      Abe must be hardest working drummer on the planet.  

                      Back in the USSR wisely sidelined.  Loved the Ukrainian flag.

                      Hot City Horns were great.  Wish Coming Up had  been the lead off song.

                      Great to see him after seven years, especially as I missed 2019 as I was recovering from dangerously severe sodium depletion.  

                        Was also in Knoxville. There is definitely stubble LOL.  

                        LetMeRollIt, where the heck were the back gates? Media told everyone to get there early for parking and as a result, there was a huge cluster at all the doors when they opened, and it took ages to get inside. Very disorganized and the heat didn't help.  We were there very early for limo watch and then had a ton of time to waste because Paul arrived before 4:30, which is super-early for him.  If I had known how bad the doors would be, we would have camped out near one so as to be first in. 

                        Knoxville had a great, loud crowd which Paul acknowledged several times. His voice definitely sounds better live.  He did take a drink before the platform solo set, and also took another one right before Live and Let Die.

                        John - Coming Up gets done in soundcheck sometimes and does sound great with the horn section.  It would be fun if he put it into the set. 

                        And it seems that Women and Wives has disappeared; I thought he was doing it on alternate nights, but during a discussion about it after the show, I checked setlist.fm, and it seems that it has not been performed since Fort Worth. Which is disappointing. I am glad I caught it in Seattle (at a show and a soundcheck). 

                        Will see if I can remember anything else unique to Knoxville... :)

                         

                          thenightfish wrote:

                          Was also in Knoxville. There is definitely stubble LOL.  

                          LetMeRollIt, where the heck were the back gates? Media told everyone to get there early for parking and as a result, there was a huge cluster at all the doors when they opened, and it took ages to get inside. Very disorganized and the heat didn't help.  We were there very early for limo watch and then had a ton of time to waste because Paul arrived before 4:30, which is super-early for him.  If I had known how bad the doors would be, we would have camped out near one so as to be first in. 

                          Knoxville had a great, loud crowd which Paul acknowledged several times. His voice definitely sounds better live.  He did take a drink before the platform solo set, and also took another one right before Live and Let Die.

                          John - Coming Up gets done in soundcheck sometimes and does sound great with the horn section.  It would be fun if he put it into the set. 

                          And it seems that Women and Wives has disappeared; I thought he was doing it on alternate nights, but during a discussion about it after the show, I checked setlist.fm, and it seems that it has not been performed since Fort Worth. Which is disappointing. I am glad I caught it in Seattle (at a show and a soundcheck). 

                          Will see if I can remember anything else unique to Knoxville... :)

                           

                          Good review.  I have a CD of the Glasgow soundcheck from 2018 and the Hot City Horns and you are right, they do sound great on there,  Must have been great to attend the soundcheck.

                           

                          Real shame about Women and Wives being seemingly retired.  Perhaps he will return in the fall with the ladies and some of their "friends" from Macca III?

                           

                          that crowd WAS great, haven't been to a concert since I last saw him in 2015 but I am sure they were a plus 10 in enthusiasm.  That yelling exchange with a fan up front was funny

                          if I lived in Knoxville, I would have a t-shirt made with  KNOXVILLE IS ROCKSVILLE--THANKS TO PAUL MCCARTNEY, 31 MAY 2022

                            Thanks for all the comments everyone. Glad to hear that everyone was enjoying themselves!

                              thenightfish wrote:

                              Was also in Knoxville. There is definitely stubble LOL.  

                              LetMeRollIt, where the heck were the back gates? Media told everyone to get there early for parking and as a result, there was a huge cluster at all the doors when they opened, and it took ages to get inside. Very disorganized and the heat didn't help.  We were there very early for limo watch and then had a ton of time to waste because Paul arrived before 4:30, which is super-early for him.  If I had known how bad the doors would be, we would have camped out near one so as to be first in. 

                              Knoxville had a great, loud crowd which Paul acknowledged several times. His voice definitely sounds better live.  He did take a drink before the platform solo set, and also took another one right before Live and Let Die.

                              John - Coming Up gets done in soundcheck sometimes and does sound great with the horn section.  It would be fun if he put it into the set. 

                              And it seems that Women and Wives has disappeared; I thought he was doing it on alternate nights, but during a discussion about it after the show, I checked setlist.fm, and it seems that it has not been performed since Fort Worth. Which is disappointing. I am glad I caught it in Seattle (at a show and a soundcheck). 

                              Will see if I can remember anything else unique to Knoxville... :)

                               

                              When I walked out of the parking garage, those gates were soooo backed up. I walked off to the side where the parking lot was and walked all the way around to the other side of the arena. There were two gates back there that had way shorter lines. When the doors opened, they split the lines into smaller ones and opened more doors. Got right in. It was very disorganized in the lobby area though. Once the souvenir and food stand lines overlapped with the other foot traffic, things got tight! Still not as big a mess as when I went to Candlestick Park in '14.

                              And yes, I noticed the crowd as well! Very responsive. He stopped multiple times to acknowledge that (not just the "drink it in" routine). "Something" got a very loud response in particular. Especially when the whole band kicks in. I was hoping Paul wouldn't say anything in advance about John in "I've Got a Feeling". I think if he just surprised everyone, the crowd would be even louder once he appeared on screen singing.

                              "Women and Wives" reminds me of when he brought "On My Way to Work" out to Albany and then it disappeared...lol. 

                                LetMeRollIt89 wrote:

                                thenightfish wrote:

                                Was also in Knoxville. There is definitely stubble LOL.  

                                LetMeRollIt, where the heck were the back gates? Media told everyone to get there early for parking and as a result, there was a huge cluster at all the doors when they opened, and it took ages to get inside. Very disorganized and the heat didn't help.  We were there very early for limo watch and then had a ton of time to waste because Paul arrived before 4:30, which is super-early for him.  If I had known how bad the doors would be, we would have camped out near one so as to be first in. 

                                Knoxville had a great, loud crowd which Paul acknowledged several times. His voice definitely sounds better live.  He did take a drink before the platform solo set, and also took another one right before Live and Let Die.

                                John - Coming Up gets done in soundcheck sometimes and does sound great with the horn section.  It would be fun if he put it into the set. 

                                And it seems that Women and Wives has disappeared; I thought he was doing it on alternate nights, but during a discussion about it after the show, I checked setlist.fm, and it seems that it has not been performed since Fort Worth. Which is disappointing. I am glad I caught it in Seattle (at a show and a soundcheck). 

                                Will see if I can remember anything else unique to Knoxville... :)

                                 

                                When I walked out of the parking garage, those gates were soooo backed up. I walked off to the side where the parking lot was and walked all the way around to the other side of the arena. There were two gates back there that had way shorter lines. When the doors opened, they split the lines into smaller ones and opened more doors. Got right in. It was very disorganized in the lobby area though. Once the souvenir and food stand lines overlapped with the other foot traffic, things got tight! Still not as big a mess as when I went to Candlestick Park in '14.

                                And yes, I noticed the crowd as well! Very responsive. He stopped multiple times to acknowledge that (not just the "drink it in" routine). "Something" got a very loud response in particular. Especially when the whole band kicks in. I was hoping Paul wouldn't say anything in advance about John in "I've Got a Feeling". I think if he just surprised everyone, the crowd would be even louder once he appeared on screen singing.

                                "Women and Wives" reminds me of when he brought "On My Way to Work" out to Albany and then it disappeared...lol. 

                                So did he wait to tell the Peter Jackson story AFTER he sang "with" John? I know at one concert he screwed up and told the story first which spoiled the surprise. 

                                  NJR wrote:

                                  LetMeRollIt89 wrote:
                                  thenightfish wrote:

                                  Was also in Knoxville. There is definitely stubble LOL.  

                                  LetMeRollIt, where the heck were the back gates? Media told everyone to get there early for parking and as a result, there was a huge cluster at all the doors when they opened, and it took ages to get inside. Very disorganized and the heat didn't help.  We were there very early for limo watch and then had a ton of time to waste because Paul arrived before 4:30, which is super-early for him.  If I had known how bad the doors would be, we would have camped out near one so as to be first in. 

                                  Knoxville had a great, loud crowd which Paul acknowledged several times. His voice definitely sounds better live.  He did take a drink before the platform solo set, and also took another one right before Live and Let Die.

                                  John - Coming Up gets done in soundcheck sometimes and does sound great with the horn section.  It would be fun if he put it into the set. 

                                  And it seems that Women and Wives has disappeared; I thought he was doing it on alternate nights, but during a discussion about it after the show, I checked setlist.fm, and it seems that it has not been performed since Fort Worth. Which is disappointing. I am glad I caught it in Seattle (at a show and a soundcheck). 

                                  Will see if I can remember anything else unique to Knoxville... :)

                                   

                                  When I walked out of the parking garage, those gates were soooo backed up. I walked off to the side where the parking lot was and walked all the way around to the other side of the arena. There were two gates back there that had way shorter lines. When the doors opened, they split the lines into smaller ones and opened more doors. Got right in. It was very disorganized in the lobby area though. Once the souvenir and food stand lines overlapped with the other foot traffic, things got tight! Still not as big a mess as when I went to Candlestick Park in '14.

                                  And yes, I noticed the crowd as well! Very responsive. He stopped multiple times to acknowledge that (not just the "drink it in" routine). "Something" got a very loud response in particular. Especially when the whole band kicks in. I was hoping Paul wouldn't say anything in advance about John in "I've Got a Feeling". I think if he just surprised everyone, the crowd would be even louder once he appeared on screen singing.

                                  "Women and Wives" reminds me of when he brought "On My Way to Work" out to Albany and then it disappeared...lol. 

                                  So did he wait to tell the Peter Jackson story AFTER he sang "with" John? I know at one concert he screwed up and told the story first which spoiled the surprise. 

                                  He explained the whole thing *before* the song. I already knew about it, but I'm sure many didn't. He mentioned Peter Jackson coming to him about how it's possible to do it and have John join him on screen. Then he did the song.

                                    LetMeRollIt89 wrote:

                                    NJR wrote:
                                    LetMeRollIt89 wrote:
                                    thenightfish wrote:

                                    Was also in Knoxville. There is definitely stubble LOL.  

                                    LetMeRollIt, where the heck were the back gates? Media told everyone to get there early for parking and as a result, there was a huge cluster at all the doors when they opened, and it took ages to get inside. Very disorganized and the heat didn't help.  We were there very early for limo watch and then had a ton of time to waste because Paul arrived before 4:30, which is super-early for him.  If I had known how bad the doors would be, we would have camped out near one so as to be first in. 

                                    Knoxville had a great, loud crowd which Paul acknowledged several times. His voice definitely sounds better live.  He did take a drink before the platform solo set, and also took another one right before Live and Let Die.

                                    John - Coming Up gets done in soundcheck sometimes and does sound great with the horn section.  It would be fun if he put it into the set. 

                                    And it seems that Women and Wives has disappeared; I thought he was doing it on alternate nights, but during a discussion about it after the show, I checked setlist.fm, and it seems that it has not been performed since Fort Worth. Which is disappointing. I am glad I caught it in Seattle (at a show and a soundcheck). 

                                    Will see if I can remember anything else unique to Knoxville... :)

                                     

                                    When I walked out of the parking garage, those gates were soooo backed up. I walked off to the side where the parking lot was and walked all the way around to the other side of the arena. There were two gates back there that had way shorter lines. When the doors opened, they split the lines into smaller ones and opened more doors. Got right in. It was very disorganized in the lobby area though. Once the souvenir and food stand lines overlapped with the other foot traffic, things got tight! Still not as big a mess as when I went to Candlestick Park in '14.

                                    And yes, I noticed the crowd as well! Very responsive. He stopped multiple times to acknowledge that (not just the "drink it in" routine). "Something" got a very loud response in particular. Especially when the whole band kicks in. I was hoping Paul wouldn't say anything in advance about John in "I've Got a Feeling". I think if he just surprised everyone, the crowd would be even louder once he appeared on screen singing.

                                    "Women and Wives" reminds me of when he brought "On My Way to Work" out to Albany and then it disappeared...lol. 

                                    So did he wait to tell the Peter Jackson story AFTER he sang "with" John? I know at one concert he screwed up and told the story first which spoiled the surprise. 

                                    He explained the whole thing *before* the song. I already knew about it, but I'm sure many didn't. He mentioned Peter Jackson coming to him about how it's possible to do it and have John join him on screen. Then he did the song.

                                    That was dumb! 🙄

                                      thenightfish wrote:

                                      Was also in Knoxville. There is definitely stubble LOL.  

                                      LetMeRollIt, where the heck were the back gates? Media told everyone to get there early for parking and as a result, there was a huge cluster at all the doors when they opened, and it took ages to get inside. Very disorganized and the heat didn't help.  We were there very early for limo watch and then had a ton of time to waste because Paul arrived before 4:30, which is super-early for him.  If I had known how bad the doors would be, we would have camped out near one so as to be first in. 

                                      Knoxville had a great, loud crowd which Paul acknowledged several times. His voice definitely sounds better live.  He did take a drink before the platform solo set, and also took another one right before Live and Let Die.

                                      John - Coming Up gets done in soundcheck sometimes and does sound great with the horn section.  It would be fun if he put it into the set. 

                                      And it seems that Women and Wives has disappeared; I thought he was doing it on alternate nights, but during a discussion about it after the show, I checked setlist.fm, and it seems that it has not been performed since Fort Worth. Which is disappointing. I am glad I caught it in Seattle (at a show and a soundcheck). 

                                      Will see if I can remember anything else unique to Knoxville... :)

                                       

                                      Front row "D", Always happy to see you and the crew!!! As usual, another GREAT concert . 

                                        forget 64 wrote:

                                        thenightfish wrote:

                                        Was also in Knoxville. There is definitely stubble LOL.  

                                        LetMeRollIt, where the heck were the back gates? Media told everyone to get there early for parking and as a result, there was a huge cluster at all the doors when they opened, and it took ages to get inside. Very disorganized and the heat didn't help.  We were there very early for limo watch and then had a ton of time to waste because Paul arrived before 4:30, which is super-early for him.  If I had known how bad the doors would be, we would have camped out near one so as to be first in. 

                                        Knoxville had a great, loud crowd which Paul acknowledged several times. His voice definitely sounds better live.  He did take a drink before the platform solo set, and also took another one right before Live and Let Die.

                                        John - Coming Up gets done in soundcheck sometimes and does sound great with the horn section.  It would be fun if he put it into the set. 

                                        And it seems that Women and Wives has disappeared; I thought he was doing it on alternate nights, but during a discussion about it after the show, I checked setlist.fm, and it seems that it has not been performed since Fort Worth. Which is disappointing. I am glad I caught it in Seattle (at a show and a soundcheck). 

                                        Will see if I can remember anything else unique to Knoxville... :)

                                         

                                        Front row "D", Always happy to see you and the crew!!! As usual, another GREAT concert . 

                                        Likewise! It was a great show and happy to see you!!!