- Roman Amphitheatre
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This concert was the second date of a short 3-dates-only European leg of the “Out There” tour.
The summer program of Verona Arena concerts in 2013 can boast a truly exceptional event: the only Italian date of the Paul McCartney Tour 2013.25 June 2013 Paul McCartney at the Arena Verona! An exceptional location – that has always fascinated Paul from its historical, artistic and dramatic standpoint, not to mention the perfect acoustics that distinguishes the Verona Arena concerts – to host the only concert of Paul McCartney in Italy, a year that marks the fiftieth anniversary since the first Beatles album. […]
from beautiful verona italy with love (& super moon). looking forward to rocking the piazza brå roman amphitheater.Rusty Anderson – from Twitter
From Paul McCartney all’Arena di Verona:una festa dell’arte e della vita – la Repubblica, June 25, 2013 (auto-translated from Italian):
At seventy-two, Paul McCartney is unrivalled. He’s pop, he’s rock, he’s the Beatles, it’s the history of music and when he gets on stage it’s always a big party. And so it was this evening, on the only Italian date of the Out There Tour at the Arena di Verona. Of course, trying to blow everything up was bad weather, which since the afternoon announced storm, but the audience did not get scared and waited patiently, had fun with the DJ set before the concert, which mixed Beatles songs and big beats, soul and Italian versions of Fab Four songs, and of course Beatles songs about rain and rain. An audience that literally exploded into an ovation when McCartney and the band took the stage, and then sang, from start to finish. And he, Sir Paul, moved by so much enthusiasm, did not give up a second, did not spare himself, rewarded the efforts of those present with a truly fantastic concert.
McCartney chases away the rain for the start of the evening, half an hour late on the scheduled time: “I’m going to speak some Italian tonight,” he says, trying to unline his best tricolor accent. But words matter little, when he sings Eight days a week the audience is all his, whatever language he wants to speak. Quiet part, but slowly the atmosphere warms up and he too begins to have fun: he no longer has the physique of the role, but he does his best to be on stage like a kid, especially when he takes the guitar and sings Beatles songs as paperback writer or as a consummate crooner intoned The long and winding road, orwhen he sends the audience into view with Hey Jude,Let it be,Eleanor Rigby,or with the poignant dedication to George Harrison who punctually arrives with Something.
Moreover, it could not be otherwise: going to a Paul McCartney concert is like visiting the Louvre or the Uffizi, you go to admire art, the most extraordinary and popular art of the twentieth century and, above all, you go to listen to the concert that the Beatles have never done. School children should bring us, it should be mandatory, it should be an appointment that every human being, at least once in a lifetime should have with the Great Popular Music of the twentieth century. […]
From paulmccartney.com, August 19, 2013:
Paul recently performed at the Roman Amphitheatre in Verona as part of his current “Out There” world tour. The concert took place on June 25th and during the rainy soundcheck Paul was persuaded to remove his shoes and socks to recreate the ‘Abbey Road’ album cover with three Italian fans!
Shortly after soundcheck Paul took to the stage with his band to begin the night with ‘Eight Days A Week’. He followed it with a three hour set of close to 40 songs covering his entire career from The Beatles and Wings right up to last year’s ‘My Valentine’.
Tour photographer MJ Kim was at the show collecting a great selection of shots that can be seen in the “Out There in Verona” collection at https://www.PaulMcCartney.com
MJ also set up a time-lapse camera starting just before soundcheck and filming right the way through the show until the fans empty out from the venue. So you can now watch the entire show… in just under one minute!
Last updated on January 30, 2021
This was the 1st and only concert played at Roman Amphitheatre.
Setlist for the soundcheck
Setlist for the concert