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First live rendition
From the press release:
On Saturday 14th June 2008, at the invitation of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Paul McCartney will perform to hundreds of thousands of people in Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine. This groundbreaking event has been named Independence Concert and was launched today in Kiev by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation. Paul’s special show will be free to attend and will be broadcasted live on Novy TV.
This exciting event will be seen as symbolic for several generations of Ukrainians. It will allow people of different ethnicities and religions, political preferences and geopolitical orientations to come together around the ideas of peace, love and unity; the very ideas that Paul McCartney with The Beatles helped bring into the World. Independence Concert is an independent social initiative that aims to strengthen the confidence and understanding in the Ukrainian society.
The ideology and spirit of The Beatles helped build the democratic aspirations for much of the soviet society and eventually led to the peaceful collapse of the USSR and independence of the former Soviet republics.
Independence Concert appeals to the ideals that helped 30 years ago to melt down the ice of the ‘cold war’ in the hearts of millions and changed the world into a better place. Today the ideology that forms the core of Ukrainian independence is shared with Paul McCartney’s own ideology. Independence Concert serves to promote happiness, freedom, love and peace not only in the Ukraine but also to the entire World.
It is planned that this historic concert will be broadcast live on screens in cities across the Ukraine for those who can’t make it to Kiev.
Paul McCartney said:
“I’m very excited because on the 14th of June I’ve been invited to play a concert in Independence Square, Kiev. Me and the band are going to be there and we’re going to have to a great evening and we hope to see you there. So come along, it’s going to be great evening hopefully for the Ukraine. Pull together, groove, rock and roll – all together” […]
Paul McCartney performed in front of 350,000 people in Kiev tonight (June 14), the largest audience for a gig Ukraine has ever seen.
The former Beatle and his band performed a mammoth 33-song set in the capital’s Independence Square, playing songs including ‘Drive My Car’, ‘Blackbird’, ‘Penny Lane’ and ‘Hey Jude’.
McCartney also performed a number of songs from his solo career and his time with Wings, such as ‘Jet’, ‘C Moon’, ‘Dance Tonight’ and ‘Mrs Vanderbilt’, the latter of which fans had petitioned for.
The gig was simultaneously broadcast on giant screens in six other Ukrainian cities and on television, with an estimated 10 million people watching.
Last updated on December 27, 2014
This was the 1st and only concert played at Independence Square.
Setlist for the concert