Washington • Wednesday, July 4, 1990

ConcertBy Paul McCartney • Part of the The Paul McCartney World Tour
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RFK Stadium

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From Club Sandwich 55/56, Winter 1990/91:

Part Five of the tour – from Washington D.C. to Chicago during the hottest July in history – was never meant to have happened.

When the tour was first planned, the wrap party was scheduled for April (after Rio) and no buts.

However, ‘no’ is not a word logged in the vocabulary of Barrie Marshall (tour promoter and born optimist).

So, the story goes, Barrie went to Macca with a plea along the lines that as Paul had just set a world record in Brazil wouldn’t it be a groove to keep going for just a little bit…just a weenie couple of weeks….well, a month would be better, just a little month…oh, come on, pleeeeeeeease,..the tour’s cooking….oh, won’t you stay just a little bit longer….?

That sort of thing.

‘Sure’, said Mac, ‘I’m up for it. But you’d better check with Linda’.

Barrie worried. Linda, he knew, loved being at home, with the horses, the kids, the countryside. Would she want to keep schlepping around yet another bout of customs, fl ights, check-ins, I imos, hotel rooms. check-outs…

“Sure”, said Linda, “I can do another month. I’d like to….but if I can do another month on the road, Barrie then you can go veggie”.

And so it was that an extra 636,500 people got to see the Get Back Tour and Barrie Marshall got to improve his waistline.

Leastways, that’s the story and I’m sticking to it (well, at least before this proof gets to The Editor).

Anyway, Macca wanted to play Washington on Independence Day -as we did – if only to say “Hey America, they say it’s your birthday” before launching into the good old party stomper from The Beatles’ White Album.

Washington was hot; 98 degrees in the street and an extra 10 inside the R.F.K. Stadium where Linda, during soundcheck, suggested that the band’s now-favourite Ray Charles jam number should be re-titled Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Burning.

It took a full three minutes for the crowd to stop hollering before Paul could launch into Figure Of Eight at the start of the show. This being July 4th, public holiday, most of the crowd appeared to be getting close to being out of it. The near-crippling heat provided the excuse to see off a six-pack every half-hour of the show and the sick-sweet haze that sort of hung above much of the stadium indicated that the drought hadn’t hurt the local herb crops any.

“It’s too darn hot’, said Macca, shedding the jacket and launching into Birthday.

Given the heavy intake of booze and, ah…things, plus the sheer surprise at the song’s addition to the show, the response was explosive. Pot-bellied geezers leapt on chairs, which promptly collapsed beneath them, blondes whipped off tops to hurl at the stage – by the end of the set the ‘pit’ looked like some huge Janet Reager jumble-sale – and even the securityguards gave up looking stern in the aisles and bopped there instead.

By the time he sang ‘Happy Birthday Dear America’ to ’em at the end, their grins reminded you of the words of another fan – way back in the winter in Chicago – who’d said “I don’t care if I die and go to Hell tomorrow…because I’ve been to Heaven tonight”.

Geoff Baker, Paul McCartney’s publicist
GettyImages – Washington, DC. 7-4-1990 Paul McCartney and Hamish Stuart in concert for the Fourth of July. The Paul McCartney World Tour was a worldwide concert tour by Paul McCartney during 1989 and 1990. It was McCartney’s first major tour outing in ten years, since Wings UK Tour 1979, and his first appearances in North America in thirteen years, since the 1976 Wings Over America Tour.
Getty Images – Washington, DC. 7-4-1990 Paul McCartney in concert for the Fourth of July. The Paul McCartney World Tour was a worldwide concert tour by Paul McCartney during 1989 and 1990. It was McCartney’s first major tour outing in ten years, since Wings UK Tour 1979, and his first appearances in North America in thirteen years, since the 1976 Wings Over America Tour. It was also his first tour under his name.

I became a big fan [of The Beatles] during my college years and still remain one today. As a Fine Arts major, The Beatles were a favourite subject of my artwork and school newspaper comic strip. I was lucky enough to see them play at their first Shea Stadium concert on August 15, 1965, and again at D.C. Stadium in Washington, D.C. on August 15, 1966.

My story is about the D.C. concert. I had just painted a moody portrait of The Beatles for my college art class. It was a pen and ink drawing with dark watercolour washes. It was titled “Beatles Ltd.”

Having bought 2 tickets to their upcoming August concert, I came up with my big idea… I will show my painting to the group… and they will like it.

The concert’s promoter was Irvin Feld… the founder of Feld Entertainment. The man credited with discovering Paul Anka was bringing The Beatles to town.

With no appointment, I showed up at his office with my painting. He was curious enough to hear my pitch. “Irvin, I liked to meet The Beatles and show them my work.” He replied “Yeah…you and every other kid in town.” Then he smiled saying “Let me see what I can do.” Irvin took the painting.

Little did I know it was hanging in the stadium locker room for the Beatles’ Press Conference that night. I wasn’t invited to that one… but enjoyed their concert. The next day, there were images of my painting with The Beatles everywhere. Television coverage on all the stations… Photos in the newspapers. That was pretty special.

When I went back to his office, Irvin said, “A lot of people in there liked your painting. I’m sorry you couldn’t attend. You know, as The Beatles were posing for photos, John took a good look at it… your name and said something nice.”

A Washington Post photographer gave me an original copy of this photo. I also found a series of prints shot by Walter Bennett for Time Magazine. Even today… this photo always pops up… when there’s some new story about The Beatles. Many postings on websites have asked about this painting… where it came from? Why was it there? Well now they know.

24 years later, my wife Lee and I did met Paul and Linda McCartney at that same D.C. stadium… it’s now called RFK. It was their July 4th 1990 World Tour. I produced and directed an interview with Linda. She had just published her new vegetarian cookbook. We were just down the hall from that same locker room. It was a very nice interview just before their concert. Paul and Linda were very gracious… like friends… and I finally got in on a Beatles’ Press Conference.

Bob Casazza – From John C Stoskopf (johnstoskopf.blogspot.com)

Last updated on September 8, 2023

RFK Stadium

This was the 1st concert played at RFK Stadium.

A total of 2 concerts have been played there • 1990Jul 4thJul 6th

Setlist for the soundcheck


Mean Woman Blues

Written by Claude Demetrius

Album Available on Sunset Soundcheck



Written by Carl Perkins

Album Available on Sunset Soundcheck


Figure Of Eight

Written by Paul McCartney

Album Available on Sunset Soundcheck


C Moon

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

Album Available on Sunset Soundcheck

Setlist for the concert




Written by Lennon - McCartney








Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney


Hey Jude

Written by Lennon - McCartney





Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album Available on Tripping The Live Fantastic II


Happy Birthday To You Snippet

Written by Patty Hill, Mildred J. Hill

As it was the 4th of July, Independance Day


Get Back

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album Available on Tripping The Live Fantastic II



The End

Written by Lennon - McCartney


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Maggi 7 years ago

I was at the concert in DC saw them in 66 this was beyond words..... Fantastic 👶 💃

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