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From Birmingham Mail, May 27th 2015:
It would be fair to say I was a little wary ahead of seeing Paul McCartney.
Not because the man is anything less than a living legend, but because at forty songs I expected the set list to test both his endurance and mine.
To be fair, while his voice isn’t as powerful as it may have been in his pomp, it doesn’t drop in quality as the gig goes on. If anything, when the Beatles tracks sync back into the set later on, things pick up.
That’s predictable. As are the tributes to late Beatles George Harrison and John Lennon.
The biggest band of all time feature as heavily as you would expect and hope, providing both the highlights of the set and the backdrop to the stage with nostalgic images.
Still, let nobody say McCartney relies on them too heavily. The tracks from his latest album stand up firmly alongside the classics. As does the song he provided to the video game Destiny.
Naturally though, Beatles tracks stand out a mile. And aside from the obvious moments that are Hey Jude and Live and Let Die, Blackbird stands out a mile.
McCartney rises high above the crowd to play a solo and it works wonderfully as a vintage performer embracing the arena.
Most impressive of all is the variety displayed across the entirety of a career. We see country, classic rock, ballads, pop and even (whisper it) a little bit of dance.
So there was no need to worry about McCartney and his endurance. By the end, he was still springing about with me left exhausted.
He might be slightly sounding his age by now but he still belongs on these huge stages on this showing.
Last updated on May 30, 2015
This was the 1st and only concert played at Barclaycard Arena.
Setlist for the soundcheck
Setlist for the concert