A crowd of 42,000 people descended on East Village and packed Petco Park for Paul McCartney's "Out There" tour. It was a sold-out wall-to-wall love fest. Concertgoers looked blissed out over getting the chance to see this elusive former Beatle in concert.
The beloved musician — now a "Sir," after being knighted by Queen Elizabeth — played a nearly three-hour show. Despite a late start, the "Out There" show blew the hearts and minds of all those lucky (and resourceful) enough to acquire a ticket. The production was topnotch from start to finish, with vibrant videos, loud-and-clear audio, precision musicians, and golden fireworks that lit up behind the stage when the band played "Live and Let Die."
The setlist was a balance of Beatles, Wings, and McCartney’s most recent music, with some Jimi Hendrix riffs thrown in for good measure. Highlights included "Something," played in honor of George Harrison, on a ukulele; "We Can Work It Out," with an accordion solo; a powerful new song entitled "Save Us"; and of course, the “Live and Let Die" extravaganza that set off a barrage of dazzling fireworks from behind the stage. There were two encores, and the final song of the evening was fittingly entitled "The End."
Throughout the show, there were so many songs written by the "cute Beatle" that were sung along to, word-for-word, by the adoring audience, that my mind boggled thinking about just how prolific and talented a songwriter is Sir Paul McCartney.
- Concert: Paul McCartney
- Date: Sunday, September 28, 2014
- Venue: Petco Park
- Seats: Section 314, row 1, seat 11