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More from year 2010
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From Whom The Bell Tells, July 14, 2010:
Glasgow’s Hampden Park was up next, remarkably Paul’s first-ever UK stand-alone stadium show and his first in Scotland for almost twenty years. And what a show it was with the Scottish News of the World saying that Nothing really prepares you for the incredible impact of watching Paul seated at a psychedelic piano, belting out ‘Hey Jude’ accompanied by a capacity Hampden crowd. The effect is sometimes overwhelming. Even the most hardened cynic has a lump in the throat. We certainly all did as Paul was joined by the Loretto Pipe Band for an unforgettable version of Mull Of Kintyre, the only time he played the song during his UK tour. The boys from Keane who were watching it with us were blown away too even plucking up the courage to ask Macca for his autograph afterwards!Stuart Bell
From Josh Gill’s blog, December 16, 2011:
A full twenty years after his last concert in Scotland, Paul McCartney made his triumphant return and played a spectacular set to a packed house at Glasgow’s Hampden Park. […] Paul and the band soundchecked the stadium twice: once the day before the show and then again on the day of the show.
Anticipation for the concert was high as this was Paul’s first concert in Scotland for twenty years. He last appeared live at Glasgow’s SECC Arena on June 23rd, 1990. Although a concert was pencilled in for a concert at Celtic Park on May 30th 2003 during his Back in the World tour, he had to cancel because of ill health and scheduling conflicts.
On the day of the Glasgow show though, temperatures in the UK were soaring, with the day’s highest temperature being recorded in Glasgow itself. Still the atmosphere in the stadium was electric and the audience were eager and ready to let Macca hear the famous Hampden Roar.
The warm up act for the show was Sharleen Spiteri, former lead singer of Scottish rock / blues band Texas. She entertained the crowd for 45 minutes with a largely acoustic guitar based set, playing songs from her glory days in Texas as well as several hits from her successful solo efforts. She was warmly received by her home crowd, and while people may not have necessarily known her songs they joined in where they could and cheered enthusiastically after each song.
As Sharleen left the stage the stadium was pumped with various obscure covers of Beatles and McCartney songs, all of which had the audience dancing and singing along. During the final strains of Booker T & the MGs cover of The Beatles’ 1969 song The End, out onto the stage stepped Sir Paul McCartney followed my his elite band consisting of guitarists Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, drummer Abe Laboriel Jr, and keyboardist Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens.
Hampden roared and McCartney basked in it. He then turned to his guitarist to indicate for him to start the opening number…and nothing happened! The acoustic guitar wasn’t working and the crew could be seen windly scurrying around trying to fix the problem. McCartney chatted with the audience as Brian switched his acoustic guitar for an electric one, and (albeit and a few minutes later than planned) the show was on the road.
He opened the show with a rocking medley of Wings fans favourites Venus and Mars / Rock Show / Jet. Having not being performed live in over 30 years, Paul skilfully edited down the song to cut the line ‘you score an ounce’ – a reference to his then-drug of choice.
The show contained many Beatles and Wings classics as well as 5 songs from his recently rereleased Wings album, Band on the Run. For over two and a half hours Paul took the audience of an emotional journey focusing on the many highlights of his long and illustrious career. […]
The undeniable highlight of the night was Paul and the band being joined by local Loretto School Pipe Band for the Wings classic Scottish waltz Mull of Kintyre. Paul and his band began the song alone, but midway through out trooped the 12 pipers and seven drummers, along with four pipers from the East Lothian Pipes and Drums Trust. Hampden was ecstatic to hear ‘their’ song, and the band was at points drowned out by the cheers. […]
Last updated on November 24, 2020
Setlist for the soundcheck
"Here Comes The Bagpipes" Jam
Setlist for the concert