Look, we have to abandon this notion that if only Paul played more songs, people would buy his new material. He has been touring the US all summer, playing 4 strong songs at each stop and NEW hasn't re-entered the charts at all, right? Hundreds of thousands of people have seen him just this summer and nothing in the charts.
Are there any city-specific songs that you think he might trot out for next week?
PS I've seen him 4 times now; hoping to at least get "I Saw Her Standing There." I've been stuck with Get Back all 4 times!
"When Paul went back on tour in 2002...Next, the 2004 summer tour, which led up to the Glastonbury gig, happened....2005 came, and so commenced the soon-to-be-overused "Magical Mystery Tour" show-openers.....Those 2007 mini-concerts to promote ..."
I have a lot to say with this post, but let me start here. (And I am going to be using your signature list of shows- I hope it is accurate).
You spend a lot of time complaining about set lists to concerts you never attended. Why? What does it matter? I'm confused about this particular point here. The only thing that matters when one makes a decision about attending a future concert is what he is likely to play at that said concert.
Case in point is your comment about MMT being overused. According to your list, you heard it as the opener ONCE. So, how is it overused to you?
Looking at your shows, each time you have heard a fair amount of different songs. It isn't like you have seen the same show two times in a row.
"I'll sum up and say that the collective whining about his oldies-show has gone far beyond mere frustration: This is a man who was, after all, only one-fourth of The Beatles; yet, he tours as if he were all four of them. The whole reason I became a diehard fan in the first place was, not because he was a Bealte, but because he dared to out-do them afterward. He doesn't respect his solo-catalog.
He has accepted that he's an oldies act. And why not? It's easy applause, and he gets to milk his Beatle legacy, which feeds his ego; he gets his ass kissed everywhere he goes.
I no longer expect an all-solo tour -- fair enough. But what's fair about pretending that gems like "My Brave Face," "Wanderlust," "About You" and "Jenny Wren" never existed? It's becoming offensive to fans like me, the ones who made those albums Gold/Platinum."
Once again, it needs to be said. His solo stuff (post 1980, which is what you have been clamoring for) is basically irrelevant in the eyes of the general public compared to his Beatle days. There isn't a McCartney fan out there who wishes this wasn't true, but it sadly is. Everyone has to accept it. He hasn't had a #1 hit since.... what, Ronald Reagan's first term?
People attending his shows are still by and large first timers. They are people who prefer Beatles (and Wings) to solo. It is what it is.
His massive amount of songs is also another thing that goes against him in some ways. You will complain about hearing 15-20 "staples" and yes, that sounds high. But, realize that his total set list clocks in at 39... so we are talking about half of the show being massive hits/crowd pleasing numbers. That ain't bad.
The Rolling Stones just performed and only played 19 songs. About half of their songs I recognize, and I don't own a single Rolling Stones album.
His 2013 Out There Tour featured about 9 songs that are either new or haven't been played in a while. So, yeah, 9 songs out of 39 doesn't make a dent, but 9/19 is "a major overhaul."
" I'll always love the dude, but I sho' nuff don't respect him anymore."
With all respect, this sounds childish. Why are you spending time on a forum for a guy you "don't respect?"
That's the overall problem with any fandom, whether it be music or entertainment. The musician or writer of show has to first produce something that HE/SHE WANTS, then something that should please THE MAJORITY of fans. And if you are a fan that doesn't have his singular needs met, you complain and complain and complain....
Look, I would love more songs, but I'm not going to get hyperbolic about it. AND I've been to 4 shows on this current tour, so it isn't like I am being a hypocrite here.
No one is saying he shouldn't play more solo stuff.
I just find some of the complaints about it to be over the top.
Which is why I made the larger point about fandom.
I haven't been to any of Paul's recent tours. Why, you ask? Not because I couldn't, because I didn't want to.
Just curious: how many have you been to and what was the last show you attended?
Everyone is talking about the whistling, but no mention of the lyrics at the end. Is it confirmed to be McCartney? It does sound like him.
Miami is a pretty big market that has not seen the Out There tour yet.
I think his comments on Hope for the Future are telling. He was really hoping for a hit.
(Of course, his marketing does him no favors. It should have been released AT THE SAME TIME as the game. Not months later after it was leaked on you tube. Paul's marketing team really needs to think outside the box. Why not include a card inside each copy of the game for a free download of the thrash version? The download could have been linked to this site. While they were downloading it, why not offer them a chance to buy the eventually realeased EP? The release of the song was completely botched.)
Back on topic, if it had been a hit, would most of you agree that it would have certainly increased his chances of playing it live? I would think so.
It is not a coincidence that his setlist reflects the time periods where he was a relevant artist to the general public. Mostly Bealtes (obviously) and early to middle Wings. Very little 80s (which started his decline) and 90s, and 2000s. Then there is the handful of current material.
It really sucks that his pure solo stuff is virtually ignored. But him playing it in concerts wouldn't change a thing.
And why is that?