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Sep 25, 2008 • Friendship First Concert

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Country:
Israel
City:
Tel Aviv
Location:
Ganey Yehoshua Park
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Ten years after, this concert influences Paul McCartney to write the song “People Want Peace“. From “Words Between The Tracks” YouTube series:

We had played a gig in Israel quite a few years ago, and I wanted to go to Palestine before I went to Israel, because I was very aware of the political situation there. So I didn’t want to just look like I was ignoring Palestine playing in Israel, although that was where the date was, the gig.

So I made arrangements to go into Palestine across the border, and go to a little music school and shake hands with the kids, and hang out and listen to them playing some music. Just to show solidarity with the Palestinian people.

And then when I came back into Israel I then met with some cool people from a group called One Voice, a political group, kind of thing, a movement. And we ended up wearing their badges on our show in Tel Aviv.

So the whole idea was a peace mission, really, because these kids were great. I say kids, they were kind of young adults. And I’d say to them, “what is it? What do you want to do, you know?”. They say “All we want to do is just live in peace, raise our families, you know, and be able to just get on with our lives in peace”. […]

Paul McCartney

From MOJO, October 2018:

People Want Peace is his latest attempt to write an ecumenical hymn-cum-anthem, partly inspired by McCartney’s experiences around the controversial decision to play a gig in Tel Aviv in 2008, which some friends had counselled him against. “They said ‘You can’t go’. The trouble is, when you say that to me, it makes me wanna go. I don’t like being told what to do“. He performed while endorsing One Voice, a global initiative supporting Israeli and Palestinian activists who seek a negotiated two-state resolution to the conflict. […]

Paul McCartney performs onstage during the 'Friendship First' concert at Ganey Yehoshua Park on September 25, 2008 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Paul McCartney performs onstage during the ‘Friendship First’ concert at Ganey Yehoshua Park on September 25, 2008 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Paul McCartney performs onstage during the 'Friendship First' concert at Ganey Yehoshua Park on September 25, 2008 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Paul McCartney performs onstage during the ‘Friendship First’ concert at Ganey Yehoshua Park on September 25, 2008 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Last updated on September 14, 2018

Ganey Yehoshua Park

This was the 1st and only concert played at Ganey Yehoshua Park.

Setlist for the soundcheck



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Setlist for the concert


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Jet

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

Album Available on Friendship First


3.

Drive My Car

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album Available on Friendship First


4.

Only Mama Knows

Written by Paul McCartney

Album Available on Friendship First


5.

All My Loving

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album Available on Friendship First


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Dance Tonight

Written by Paul McCartney

Album Available on Friendship First

Album Available on Friendship First


12.

Blackbird

Written by Lennon - McCartney


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Eleanor Rigby

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album Available on Friendship First


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Medley




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Back in the U.S.S.R.

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album Available on Friendship First




24.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album Available on Friendship First


25.

Hey Jude

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album Available on Friendship First


26.

Encore


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2.

Get Back

Written by Lennon - McCartney



27.

Second Encore


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Yesterday

Written by Lennon - McCartney



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The End

Written by Lennon - McCartney


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