B J Conlee wrote:
Just noticed that someone has posted a new reply to "You Gave Me The Answer" article. This is a guy who is complaining that the song "Yesterday" has been dropped from the Setlist because he used to sing "Yesterday" as a lullaby to his Daughter when she was 13. You can't please everybody (think Garden Party by Ricky Nelson). This response helps Paul's reply to his latest "You Gave Me the Answer" article.
Again, my reply to all of this is that Paul has played many, many Beatle songs many times. Isn't it fair for people to want to hear a small amount of his new songs over Beatle Songs. For Paul's legacy, it would be better in my opinion since he had a pretty successful career after the Beatles.
BJ, I just counted the songs from the concert last night and the breakdown is 22 Beatle songs, 6 Wings songs and 8 solo songs. (36 songs in total). This means that Paul is giving the first time fans basically 28 hits. Considering most artists only do 20-22 songs in their concerts that is plenty and there should be no complaints. It may sound like a broken record but all people like us are asking is to mix up those 8 solo songs better. Is it really wrong for people to want to hear 3 songs from his most recent album which was critically acclaimed and received Grammy nominations?
Ricky Nelson was right when he wrote "Garden Party", there is only so much you can play for the fans to please them. As an artist, you should be a little selfish and play some things you want. The problem IMO is Paul let's his ego/feeleings get hurt when crowd does not respond as much to solo /unknown songs. You would think that would not get to him and the adoration he gets for 3/4 of the concert would be enough.
Other artists who were part of a famous group don't play as much as Paul does from their famous group when they do concerts. For example, Sting is touring this year and out of 22 songs he plays, only 8 are from the Police. I get he is not the icon Paul is but he is not exactly "chopped liver". I saw Lindsay Buckingham awhile ago and out of 20 songs, he might have played 4 from his days with Fleetwood Mac. I am willing to bet that while people in the audience might have wished for a few more songs from the famous group of these two artists, they were still had a good time at the show.
Sadly, time is running out and at his age now Paul is not going to change his ways. It is a crying shame IMO that Paul has never fully embraced his solo legacy live but if it doesn't not bother him who am I do say anything? -lol
P.S. I sent you one more final PM update.
great arguments! I've got similar thoughts every time paul comes with this well known setlist structure from" tour" to "tour" since 2009.
Neil Young is a further expamle who performs WHAT HE LIKES. I visited 3 concerts from him and never saw significant people leaving the concerts... IMO the argument or better macca's nightmare that lot's leave his concert is nonesense considering ticket price and in connection of his from concerts 1975/76 , 1979, 1989-90 and 1993 and quite particularly the secret gigs 1991!
He said: "I’d like to do a whole show of new songs but that’s for the anoraks in the crowd,..." Whats wrong with that? He only needs to remember his own song "do it now" and start a new series of "secret gig 2.0" on the main markets (US and EU). Together with the right marketing I bet ticket will be sold faster than supposed...