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From For Whom The Bell Tells, December 2, 2009:
[…] So back to the present, Hamburg is buzzing. Leaving the hotel this morning I noticed a small group of paps congregating nearby. Word is spreading fast. As I walked out to the local coffee shop the streets were awash with McCartney posters and the radio stations playing in the shops were playing back-to-back McCartney related songs. Its amazing to think it was 49 years ago that Paul first came here with The Beatles, but its a fact that the city are clearly, to this day, very proud of.
Down at the venue and the mood backstage is high. Members of the crew greet each other in the way that family and friends do. There is such a strong bond between everyone who works behind the scenes on Pauls tours. These guys have been working with Paul for years now and the friendship and bond between Paul and the team is mutual. There is lots of chat about whats going to be on the set-list tonight? What can people expect from this show? Well, all these questions will be answered in a matter of hours. Standby Hamburg, prepare to be rocked!Stuart Bell
From paulmccartney.com, December 4, 2009:
Wow, what a few days it has been! Paul sure knows how to make the most of his time!
On Wednesday Paul kicked off his ‘Good Evening Europe’ tour in serious style at the Color Line Arena, Hamburg. Paul played an electrifying set in front of an emotionally charged sell-out crowd. AFP reported; “The sold-out, nearly three-hour show, took in Fab Four favourites, hits from his later band Wings, solo efforts and a few new numbers and drew a warm, enthusiastic welcome from an audience spanning three generations. Showing off a renowned knack for thrilling a crowd and remarkable endurance — he took no breaks during the marathon set, not even for a sip of water.”
Those lucky enough to be at the show were also treated to some surprise world premiere exclusives, in the form of ‘And I Love Her’, ‘Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da’ and Paul’s brand new track ‘(I Want To) Come Home’, which is taken from the new Robert De Niro film ‘Everybody’s Fine’. News agency Bloomberg wrote, “McCartney whisked the audience from the quiet melancholy of ‘Yesterday’, played alone with an acoustic guitar, to the madness of ‘Helter Skelter’ — complete with vibrating bass, thrashing percussion and vertigo-inducing roller-coaster rides beamed onto a screen behind him.”
As if the excitement of Wednesday night was not enough, as the last note of ‘The End’ rang out, the crew were already dismantling everything and preparing to hit the road to Berlin. However, for Paul he had to make a rather important detour before meeting up with the rest of the crew in the German capital. Thursday morning saw Paul address the European Parliament in Brussels on his ‘Meat Free Monday’ initiative. Paul delivered a heartfelt speech at a European Parliament conference and called for a global effort to change eating habits and help save the planet from global warming. Paul also read out a statement in support of his campaign from US climate change activist Al Gore that said, “Meatless Mondays is a responsible and welcome component to a strategy for reducing global pollution.” Paul’s speech was greeted with applause and in places he even managed to make some of the more serious members of the audience smile.
Following Paul’s address there was no time to stick around, or take up (the literally hundreds of) lunch offers! It was time to meet up with the crew and band and rock Berlin! […]
From For Whom The Bell Tells, February 19, 2010:
Hamburg – 2nd December, 2009
‘McCartney and his band rock the arena from 9:15 to nearly midnight – presenting one highlight after the other…. Slim and well trained he jumps around stage, his voice may be a little bit darker, but it didn’t lose any of his characteristic drive and the many facets between pop, blues and rock. McCartney is a master of timing, even in the way he enjoys the acclamation of the audience or how he communicates with them.’ AP
‘It is more than just an evening with a living music legend. When McCartney starts singing “Here Today” alone with his guitar, it’s not only him who has to hold back his tears.’ Welt
Last updated on December 8, 2018
Color Line Arena
This was the 1st and only concert played at Color Line Arena.
Setlist for the soundcheck
Setlist for the concert
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