The Paul McCartney Project

Westcliff-on-Sea • Friday, July 19, 1991

ConcertBy Paul McCartney (part of Unplugged 1991 Summer Tour)
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Country:
United Kingdom
City:
Westcliff-on-Sea
Location:
Cliffs Pavilion
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All six surprise shows followed the same pattern of two distinct 50-minute musical sets, acoustic and electric, Unplugged and Plugged, separated by a brief interlude. Further underscoring the unpretentious nature of the seaside shuffles, the Westcliff-on-Sea gig (24 July) featured a unique bonus in the shape of a poetry reading by Adrian Mitchell, a friend of Paul’s since the 1960s. He had rehearsed with the band two days earlier.

The musicians kept a low-volume accompaniment while Mitchell addressed the audience with four of his poems – ‘Junk’ was recognisable as the backing behind love verse ‘Maybe May Time’, and a suitably funky arrangement was provided to augment a poem about James Brown. The sequence was so very much a departure from the norm, and so irresistibly fascinating to watch, that most audience mouths were left distinctly agape. It must have made the McCartney memory-bank dart back to the only other time he had backed a bard: an unforgettable Liverpool evening in 1960 that had the youthful Silver Beatles – clearly lads of sheltered upbringing – accompany visiting ‘beat poet’ Royston Ellis and find themselves somewhat puzzled by Ellis’s indiscreetly veiled references to then-illegal all-male sexual activities.

Though Paul resisted the idea of donning on stage a ‘Kiss Me Quick’ hat from nearby Southend, the Westcliff show was every bit as jolly and relaxed as that at St Austell. John Hammel kept a steady harmonica hand during ‘Down To The River’, there was the usual instrument swap-around for ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’, and ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ had two endings – first the usual one and then another, an unusual one, which saw Robbie then Paul and then Hamish drop to their knees. (Robbie’s idea, Paul announced.) The audience reaction was on the wild side of ecstatic from start to finish. (If one could only harness the power given off by a McCartney audience when demanding an encore there’d be no need for nuclear power-stations.)

From Club Sandwich 59, Autumn 1991
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(photo by Cymon Taylor)

Last updated on June 18, 2019

Cliffs Pavilion

This was the 1st and only concert played at Cliffs Pavilion.

Setlist for the concert


1.

Acoustic set


1.

Mean Woman Blues

Written by Claude Demetrius

Album Available on Southend Surprise

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July


2.

Be Bop A Lula

Written by Gene Vincent, Donald Graves, Bill Davis

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July

Album Available on Southend Surprise


3.

We Can Work It Out

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July

Album Available on Southend Surprise


4.

San Francisco Bay Blues

Written by Jesse Fuller

Album Available on Southend Surprise

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July


5.

Every Night

Written by Paul McCartney

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July

Album Available on Southend Surprise


6.

Here, There And Everywhere

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July

Album Available on Southend Surprise


7.

That Would Be Something

Written by Paul McCartney

Album Available on Southend Surprise

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July


8.

Down To The River

Written by Paul McCartney

Album Available on Southend Surprise

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July


9.

And I Love Her

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album Available on Southend Surprise

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July


10.

She's A Woman

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July

Album Available on Southend Surprise


11.

I Lost My Little Girl

Written by Paul McCartney

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July

Album Available on Southend Surprise


12.

Ain't No Sunshine

Written by Bill Withers

Album Available on Southend Surprise

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July


13.

Hi Heel Sneakers

Written by Tommy Tucker

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July

Album Available on Southend Surprise


14.

I've Just Seen A Face

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July

Album Available on Southend Surprise


15.

Song In Space


16.

I Like That Stuff


17.

Maybe May Time (Singalong Junk)


18.

Hot Pursuit


2.

Electric set


1.

Good Rockin' Tonight

Written by Roy Brown

Album Available on Southend Surprise


2.

Twenty Flight Rock

Written by Eddie Cochran, Ned Fairchild

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July

Album Available on Southend Surprise


3.

Band On The Run

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July

Album Available on Southend Surprise


4.

Ebony And Ivory

Written by Paul McCartney

Album Available on Southend Surprise

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July


5.

I Saw Her Standing There

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July

Album Available on Southend Surprise

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July


6.

Coming Up

Written by Paul McCartney

Album Available on Southend Surprise

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July


7.

Get Back

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July

Album Available on Southend Surprise


8.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July

Album Available on Southend Surprise


9.

Ain't That A Shame

Written by Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew

Album Available on Southend Surprise

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July


10.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album Available on Southend Surprise

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July


3.

Encore


1.

Can't Buy Me Love

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album Available on Secret Gig 1991 July

Album Available on Southend Surprise




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