- Nouveau Stade Velodrome
More from year 2015
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From Paul McCartney official Facebook page:
I’m excited to be returning to France this summer. We always have a wild time with the French audiences so we know these will be special nights of partying and rock n’ roll! This tour hasn’t been to France yet so we’ll be playing some songs we’ve never played there before as well as some of the favourites that always seem to go down well. A bientôt!Paul McCartney
From For Whom The Bell Tells, August 7, 2015:
It is a beautiful, hot day in the South of France and as I do my usual routine of leaving the hotel early to find coffee and the local newsagent, I’m delighted to see Paul looking back at me from the cover of local paper La Provence with details about tonight’s show.
The local coffee shop is playing McCartney II, perhaps in hope of getting ‘Temporary Secretary’ in tonight’s show (they won’t be disappointed, by the way).
The Nouveau Stade Velodrome is colossal and tonight Paul christens the stadium with the first concert since it was revamped and inaugurated just last year. In soundcheck, Paul rocks ‘Good Day Sunshine’ – entirely fitting for such glorious weather, much to the delight of the soundcheck party (although to be fair they are delighted with all Paul’s choices!)
Post-soundcheck, Paul speaks to France2 TV news about bringing the tour back to France for their big evening news show, completing the interview in the field in front of the stage. The second he safely returns to the backstage area, the security staff open the doors and the crowds come running in, racing to get the best possible spot. I’m almost flattened by a stampede of fans rushing towards me as I try to flee to our space behind the stage!
At 9:30pm Paul takes to the stage – I’ll let the reviews do the rest of the talking:
“40,000 fans fell for his charm. Cultural icon, legend, the myth… he lived up to all these descriptions. On Olympic form he took to the stage at 21:30 and made the dreams of a packed stadium come true.
“Looking elegant and slim he addressed the crowd in French asking the audience if they were here to party with him.
“He carried the show for three hours displaying his skills on various instruments. He made his mythical Hofner bass roar in the rocking moments and caressed his acoustic guitar in the tender moments.”
“40,000 fans in ‘Paul’ position” (Nice Matin):
“The left-handed Beatle got straight to the point for his only French concert ahead of playing in Paris next week.
“Arriving on stage at 21:30 with his mythical Hofner bass he put 40,000 people under a magical spell. His variety of songs meant that time had no meaning as the decades dropped away. The melodies were our guide through this special journey.
“At his side throughout the night were his long-term accomplices Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens, Abe Laboriel Junior, Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray.
He punctuated the set with French phrases such as ‘Bonsoir Marseille sous le soleil’ and ‘Allez l’OM’.”Stuart Bell
Last updated on March 3, 2021
Nouveau Stade Velodrome
This was the 1st and only concert played at Nouveau Stade Velodrome.
Setlist for the soundcheck
Setlist for the concert