B J Conlee wrote:
Very creative setlist Mamunia. I would be at this type of McCartney show in a heartbeat and would travel a great amount of air distance. I like the fact that it is so "Solo Macca" concentrated.
I am unfortunately more of a realist. I love all the relatively "unknown" gems on your list, but I would worry that with the state of Paul's current vocals, I might be very disappointed with the way some of these songs might sound. Songs like "Monkberry Moon Delight", "Beware My Love" or "Angry" might sound totally different than their studio counterparts. A song like "Despite Repeated Warnings" (which I really like on Egypt Station) might be way too long. And a song like "Beautiful Night" which I love, just wouldn't come off nearly as well with his current voice. And Paul had a difficult time singing "Jenny Wren" in 2005 during his Chaos and Creation tour. He also might have a great deal of difficulty with songs that I love like "My Brave Face" and "Getting Closer". I admit I could be wrong but he would need tremendous help from his bandmates.
And I love, love many on your list like "I Don't Know" and "In A Hurry". I decided to choose not to go to his latest US dates because in my opinion, his setlist in general got way to stale and repetititious (and with the same stories). At the same time, I do understand that with his age and current vocals, he had to stay with a heavy Beatles' setlist with songs that everyone in the audience knows. With all the "sing along type songs" he smartly realized that he had to rely much less with his voice and the fans (mainly Beatles' oriented) wanted to hear their favorite Bealtes' songs. In general he wanted the audience to have a great time. I give Paul credit for that aspect of his current shows. That is why he continues to play all the "sing along" Beatle songs like Can't Buy Me Love, Love Me Do, From Me to You, Ob-La-Di, Birthday, Hey Jude etc. Everybody knows them and they all sing along. Even some of his solo songs in his setlist are easy for him to sing like Let Em In and Dance Tonight.
While I love your setlist, I don't think anything close to yours will happen. In 2020, we will probably get pretty much the same as 2018 and 2019. My only hope is that we will get a couple more from Egypt Station like "I Don't Know, People Want Peace, Confidante or Happy With You.
I took my time to answer.
You know, I never meant to bet on the real next setlist. I'm with you when you say that next shows will be more or less as the last two years. I've seen Macca live just three times and I'm still playing with my imagination: a movie in my mind where all my favourite ones are performed live. Do not get me wrong... each concert is perfect as it is, but they're just "mind games".
A part from this, you are right twice. Paul seems to face his voice change with a little help from his friends. But what I feel is that... I love his new tune. I don't think it's worse than in the past, it's just different. That's why in my list there is also My Soul: among all the last singles / collaborations it seems so true... and honest. There is a huge potential in his voice, let's imagine how a new arrangement could exploit this scratch! But also a different kind of performance live... like Elton John did in Russia with Ray Cooper. Can you imagine this?
Whatever... yes, it's "Solo Macca Concentrated" because I'm a Beatles fan, but Paul music makes my life better. It's the sountrack to my everydays.