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Saturday, March 29, 2003


Concert • By Paul McCartney • Part of the Back in the World tour

Last updated on May 19, 2019


  • Country: Spain
  • City: Barcelona
  • Location: Palau Sant Jordi


  • Location: Palau Sant Jordi


Band members

Line-up Discover Backing band 2001-2018

From The Macca Report:

Paul arrived at the venue around 5:30pm. The soundcheck followed. Songs heard at the soundcheck: “Coming Up,” “Honey Hush,” band jam, “Getting Better” (guitar test), “Honey Don’t,” piano improvisation,” Waiting for Your Train to Get In” (long version), “Celebration,” “Things We Said Today” (Beatles version), “All Things Must Pass,” “I’ve Just Seen A Face,” “Barcelona” (new song improvisation), “Two of Us,” “Blackbird” (shortened version), “Calico Skies”(shortened version), acoustic improvisation, “You Never Give Me Your Money,” “10 Minutes To Go,” (jam), “Lady Madonna.”

The show started more than 30 minutes late. Paul wore the purple Nehru jacket, red long-sleeved T-shirt and blue jeans. Heather, her sister Fiona and Wix’s wife all sat together inside the photo pit in front of the stage. Fiona took photos and all of them sang along with the songs.

Prior to “Getting Better” people started to chant: “PAUUULL! PAAUULLL! OOHHHHO!, OHHHHOO!”
Paul repeated the, “OHHHOO!” and strummed his electric guitar. Then the audience repeated the “OHHHOO!” and Paul answered by strumming a guitar chord.

Someone on the front row threw a bag onstage that had something in it. Paul picked it up and said, “Oh, that’s my laundry!” 

After “Let Me Roll It/Foxy Lady” he took off his jacket and said, “Mucho calor..CALIENTE!” (much hot..heat!) The crowd cheered.

For his introduction to “Lonely Road” he said, “Esta cancion es nueva.” (This song is new.)

Paul messed up the words for “Driving Rain” singing “Uuhu…I said,” instead of “Let’s go there and back again…”

After the song he said, “Thank you all you little Barcelonies!! Ahora Les presento a nuestro fabulosos batería, Abe Laboriel Jr.” ( Now I present our fabulous drummer…) Abe said, “Hola Barcelona, como están? Están listos para el Rock? Nosotros también. Aquí está Paul McCartney.” (Hello Barcelona, how are you? Are you ready to rock? So are we. Here is Paul…) And Paul said, “Gracias Abraham. (thanks …)

On “Here Today” the audience cheered when Paul said “mi amigo John” and started to sing “Give Peace A Chance” (as they did on the first night) singing before Paul started “Here Today.” This time Paul played the chords to the song, conducted the audience (with his arms) and joined in singing the song.

For “Your Loving Flame” Paul said, “Tonight I’m gonna speak in English and a little bit of Spanish as well. Cuando yo tenía 11 años en la escuela estudia español. Cuando era un pequeño niño.” (When I was 11-years-old, I studied Spanish in school…when I was a child). He dedicated the song in Catalán and Spanish to Heather, “A la meva dona extraordinaria Heather.” (to my extraordinary wife, Heather)

Before his introduction to”Blackbird” the audience started to chant, “NO A LA GUERRA! NO A LA GUERRA!”(NO WAR) And a member of the audience requested the song, “Besame Mucho.” Paul said, “Besame Mucho? Later.. Later..” Then he began the introduction to “Blackbird.”

When the strongman carried out his psychedelic piano Paul said, “Come muchos esteroides.” (It eats many steroids) “It’s a joke folks!” 

After the song he said, “Muchas gracias, Barcelona. Bona nite.” (Thank you very much, Barcelona. Goodnight) Then he sang the false intro to “We Can Work It Out,” “when I was walking down the road..” and recited his “Three Rabbits” poem. “Tres conejos en un árbol, tocando el tambor. Que si. Que no. Que si. Lo he visto, yo.” (Three rabbits, in a tree, playing a drum. Why yes? Why no? Why yes? I have seen it.) The audience roared with laughter. Then he began “We Can Work It Out.”

He introduced “Here Today,” as the night before saying, “He escrito esto despues de la muerte de mi amigo John.” (I wrote this after my friend John died). People started to chant, “JOHN! JOHN!” and then sing “Give Peace a Chance.” When Paul first heard it, he put his hand on his ear like he wanted people to sing louder and motioned to the audience to continue singing. Paul sang along off mic.

For the “Something” intro Paul said, “A mi amigo George. A mi amigo George.” (to my friend George) People began to chant, “GEORGE! GEORGE! GEORGE!” And Paul chanted along with them. Then he told the story about George’s passion for playing the ukulele and began, “Something” with the audience singing along. Paul did not do the fast version of “Something” at the end of the song.

After “Something” the audience began to chant, “RINGO! RINGO! RINGO!” And Paul said, “Oh yeah, Ringo as well…Yeah Ringo.” Paul began to sing, “In the town, where I was born…” Then he stopped, but audience continued to sing. Paul started to play his acoustic guitar and Abe his drum. Paul again sang off mic with the audience until the chorus and stopped the song. 

He sang a little bit of “Besame Mucho,” after “Calico Skies,” saying first “OLE´!” And then “Besame, besame mucho…” (kiss me, kiss me more) He stopped but the audience kept singing very loud and Paul finished with “Besame, besame mucho.. NO, NO, NO! NO BESAME!”

Right after he introduced “Michelle” he said “Venid con nosotros a Francia!” (Come with us to France).

After “Back in the USSR” Paul said, “You’re a good rockin’ crowd!” and Introduced Rusty in Spanish. “Os presento nuestro fantastico guitarrista Rusty Anderson!” (I present our fantastic guitarist to you…) Rusty again played his pocket translator, but this time he had a problem with it. He pushed the wrong button which changed the speed of the electronic voice. The result was a female voice that sounded like Alvin the chipmunk!

For “My Love” Paul said, “Muchas gracias Barcelona … Y España.. thank you… He escrito esto para Linda.. y a esta nite es para todos los enamorados…” (Thank you very much Barcelona and Spain…I wrote this song for Linda and tonight it is for all the lovers…)

Then Wix did his introduction for “She’s Leaving Home” and said, “A song that’s never been played live…” Paul said teasingly into the microphone, “Is it ‘Yellow Submarine’?” Wix said, “No, this is another one!”

At the end of “Birthday” Paul said, “Feliz cumpleaños!” (Happy birthday!)

Paul introduced Brian Ray in Spanish, “Aqui esta el magnifico Brian Ray.” (Here is the magnificent Brian Ray) “It’s wonderful to be here in your city. We can feel your heart up here,” Brian added. 

At the end of “Let It Be” Paul said, “Gracias por la Luz.” (Thanks for the light)

Paul did the fake intro of “Baby Face” before “Hey Jude” and laughed at the crowd’s reaction “Oh, you’re enjoing that one!! Haha!” 

When Paul began the singalone he said, “Hey…VIVA España!” (Long live Spain) and “OK, solamente los hombres! (OK, just the men)…Solamente las mujeres! (just the women)…Oh, todos Juntos! (everyone all together)…Everybody, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon.”

At the song’s end, Paul pointed to people in the audience and said, “You were great! “And you were great!” Then he looked at Heather in the pit and made a funny face and did a hand movement to suggest she was only half great and then smiled. The audience screamed, “OLE´!OLE´!OLE´!” Then he and the band left the stage.

When Paul came back he wore the red “no more land mines” T-shirt and was waving the Catalan flag. Brian had the Spanish flag and Wix had his tiny British flag. Paul said, “Muchas Gracias!” and played “The Long And Winding Road” and “Lady Madonna.” Then he said, “I know you want to keep on rockin’!” The audience screamed, “Yes!” Paul added, “I knew you did!”

Before “I Saw Her Standing There” Paul said, “Quereis todavia mas?” (Do you want more?) The audience said, “OK!”

He told the audience before “Yesterday” that they were fantastic in Spanish. “So FANTASTICS!! (You’re fantastic)

“Ahora os tenemos que dejar. Si amigos, si…naturalmente (Now we must leave, yes friends yes… naturally) Then he thanked his band and the audience, “Y muchas gracias especialmente a mi fantastica banda….Pero sobre todo… VOSOTROS!” (And thank you very much especially to my fantastic band…and most of all …YOU!). Then Paul launched into “Sgt. Peppers/The End.”

People who registered their mobile phones and sent messages to number provided on the video screens received a message from Paul the next day saying: “Hope you had a wonderful time at the concert. It was great to play Barcelona! Check out the DVD & CD of the show – “Back In The World” Gracias! Paul McCartney.”

Palau Sant Jordi

This was the 4th concert played at Palau Sant Jordi.

A total of 4 concerts have been played there • 1993Oct 26thOct 27th2003Mar 28thMar 29th

Setlist for the soundcheck

  1. Jam

  2. Piano improvisation

  3. Barcelona

  4. Two of Us

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

  5. Blackbird

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

  6. acoustic improvisation

  7. 10 Minutes To Go

  8. Jam

Setlist for the concert

  1. Medley

  2. Blackbird

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

  3. Medley

  4. Michelle

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

  5. Birthday

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

  6. Let It Be

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

  7. Medley

    1. Hey Jude

      Written by Lennon - McCartney

  8. Encore

  9. Second Encore

    1. Yesterday

      Written by Lennon - McCartney

    2. The End

      Written by Lennon - McCartney

See song statistics for “Back in the World tour”

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