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From The Tennessean, October 15, 2014:
There were no curtain drops, flashing lights or explosions when Sir Paul McCartney stepped onto the stage at Bridgestone Arena Monday night. Just a 68-year-old rock legend — and arguably the world’s most famous living musician — emerging from the shadows and calmly greeting a Nashville audience for the first time.
It was the audience that made the moment pure pandemonium — this was, of course, the former Beatle’s first time performing live in Music City, some 46 years after his famous band first arrived in the U.S. As the cheers refused to die out in those first moments, McCartney gestured at the crowd to his bandmates, as if to say, “I’m going to like these guys.”
McCartney and Nashville got along splendidly, as he and his four-piece backing band treated a packed house to three hours of Beatles, Wings and solo gems.
“Oh man, it’s great to be back,” McCartney said after the opening one-two punch of “Venus and Mars/Rock Show” and “Jet.” “This is such a cool scene, I’m going to take a second here, just to take it all in for myself.”
After taking it in, McCartney composed himself and quickly snapped his band into Beatlemania classic “All My Loving,” to the house’s delight.
“I knew we were going to have a good time,” he said after wrapping up “Band On the Run.” “It’s Nashville, baby.”
McCartney returned for the show’s first encore triumphantly waving a giant Tennessee state flag. “You like your music in this town!” he said between “Daytripper” and “Lady Madonna.”
A torrent of confetti washed down upon the crowd as McCartney headed off the stage, saved for just the right moment Monday night — as a living legend, live for the first time before a Nashville audience, sincerely thanked his fans and said goodnight.
From Whom The Bell Tells, August 3, 2010:
This month, one very satisfied critic in Nashville was even moved to comment on the titanic presence of a true rock god after seeing him in action. We’ll definitely have to remember that one. Here in the newsroom, we’ve now read literally thousands of amazing live reviews of our man and his band and we’re convinced that no other artist in the world constantly receives such mind-boggling write-ups. It’s one thing leaving the audience spellbound but to consistently move the press to feel this way too is not easy. Critics are notoriously difficult to impress, yet Paul manages to win them over time after time and it’s the best possible testament to how great the live experience is. It’s simply unprecedented. With a little help from Wix, Abe, Rusty and Brian, Paul never fails to do the business.
Leading music website Nashville Scene agreed, leading their review with the nifty headline, ‘Macca Book Pro’. They went on to declare: From musicality to sheer spectacle to momentous, life-affirming jubilation, Paul McCartney’s debut at Bridgestone Arena on Monday night (26th July) was an all-out master class in rock n’ roll showmanship. The review concluded by simply saying, what a f++king experience! Which is pretty much what all the crew say to each other after every show!
The Charlotte Observer, on the other hand, told the story of one 28-year-old fan in the audience, who first saw Paul’s live show when she was 11 and was returning this month for her second Macca experience. After the concert, she told the paper it was, “Absolutely amazing. My advice is to start saving for the next time he tours. Go and see him. No matter the price. We can’t argue with advice like that.
Another fan in Nashville was equally starstruck when she had a night to remember at the Bridgestone Arena. Sarah Furlow, 27, already had a tattoo of Paul’s Hofner bass on her back when she went to the show and decided to hold up a message during the performance asking the man himself to sign it. She couldn’t believe her luck when Paul finished Yesterday‚ and promptly called up her on stage so he could autograph his name under the Hofner. She was so chuffed, in fact, she had the signature tattooed on permanently the next day. Now that’s dedication! It’s the most amazing thing that’s ever happened to me, she told our good friend, blogger Steve Marinucci. Certainly, as souvenirs go, it doesn’t get much better and hearing stories like that really makes us smile. It reminds us all how lucky we are to be part of a tour that evidently brings so much happiness and joy to concert goers all over the world. The feedback we constantly get after each show is truly unique. No two stories or experiences are the same and it never fails to amaze us to see the devotion and enthusiasm Paul inspires in people. It’s no wonder he always says he has the best fans in the world.Stuart Bell
Last updated on November 24, 2020
Setlist for the soundcheck
Russian sounding song on mandolin, later called Petrushka
Setlist for the concert