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This was the first of two nights in Amsterdam.
From Fresh Produce Journal, June 9th 2015:
Pop legend Paul McCartney was presented with a tulip grown in his honour before playing a gig on the weekend (6/7 June).
The red flower with distinctive white border, intended to bear a resemblance to the colours of McCartney’s native Liverpool’s most famous football team, carries the botanical name of Tulipa ‘Paul McCartney’.
The tulip was given to McCartney – now operating as a solo musician after his time with The Beatles and Wings – by growers association Remarkable Tulips for his “enormous contribution to music history“.
The breeding process of the new tulip by Remarkable Tulips, from the Dutch municipality of Lisse, lasted nearly 20 years.
Bulb grower Jack Uittenbogaard, a member of Remarkable Tulips, said: “It is personally a long-held wish to honour my musical hero with a Dutch tulip. Perhaps we plant in the garden of Paul McCartney his tulip this autumn.” […]
From For Whom The Bell Tells, August 7, 2015:
My first email of the morning on show day comes in from Paul’s digital manager Steve, informing me Paul is already trending on Twitter in the Netherlands. Pretty cool, because Paul hasn’t even touched down in the country at this point! I pop out to grab a coffee on the streets of Amsterdam and am greeted by an array of Macca posters, as well as fans dotted all over the place. The non-virtual world is echoing Steve’s digital stats rather nicely!
To mark Paul’s trip to Amsterdam and to honour his “positive contribution to the Netherlands and the world”, the flower growers association Remarkable Tulips is launching an official Paul McCartney tulip – a completely new form of the flower. It is red – a reference to the colour of Liverpool FC – and white, which is said to symbolise “infinite possibilities” (Paul also points out that it stands for peace). He helps to christen the new breed just minutes before taking to the stage at the Ziggo Dome on the first of two nights in Amsterdam. Pouring champagne over the new flower, he declares: “Well, this doesn’t happen every day.”
As Paul leaves the little ceremony to walk to the stage, he asks that all the crew get a tulip each. What a nice touch.
As for the shows? Well, they are great. Before Paul plays ‘Here Today’, the audience break into a spontaneous sing-along of ‘Give Peace A Chance’ and Paul happily joins in. Paul also gets two couples on stage during the encore, creating some memories that will last a lifetime for those fans – even more so for the second couple, as Paul invited the young man to propose to his girlfriend. He did to a huge audience response, and his girlfriend accepted – imagine the story they will tell to their children!
McCartney was great for a hundred reasons (NRC Handelsblad):
“Sir Paul is on better form than ever, performing a concert that spanned his complete solo career, as well as that of The Beatles and Wings. After a brilliant show that lasted almost more than three hours at the Ziggo Dome, it was obvious that not only had McCartney enjoyed himself, but also he had given his audience such a beautiful experience.
“He switched with amazing ease between the hi-tech music of his recent single ‘Hope For The Future’ and a sober and acoustic ‘Blackbird’. In a touching way, he honoured John Lennon with ‘Here Today’, an imaginary conversation with his old friend and sparring partner.
“There were a hundred reasons to consider this a memorable concert. The barrelhouse piano of ‘Lady Madonna’, the irresistible country shuffle of ‘I’ve Just Seen A Face’ and the way McCartney reacted to the audience when they spontaneously started singing ‘Give Peace A Chance’. ‘Let It Be’ and ‘Hey Jude’ became piano hymns of community singing and shared memories. It never got boring; during ‘Live And Let Die’, fireworks exploded like never before at an indoor concert.
“During an elaborate encore, Paul McCartney followed the sweet ‘Yesterday’ with a heavy version of ‘Helter Skelter’, proving once and for all that he wasn’t the geek of The Beatles, but the biggest rocker. Such a fantastic setlist built over fifty years, other artists can only dream!”Stuart Bell
Last updated on February 23, 2021
Setlist for the soundcheck
Setlist for the concert