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From StarTribune, May 5, 2016:
It’s been a tough, tragic year for fans of classic rock. David Bowie, the Eagles’ Glenn Frey and our own Prince left us unexpectedly.
Perhaps the perfect antidote for our grief is Paul McCartney, who opened a two-night stand on Wednesday at Target Center in Minneapolis. We needed someone to take a sad song and make it better, someone to sing silly love songs that we could sing along with, someone to assure us that it’s OK to long for yesterday when things changed suddenly.
Sir Paul could never replace John Lennon in his life. And we’ll never see Bowie, the Eagles or Prince onstage again. But witnessing McCartney, who turns 74 next month, delivering three-dozen songs in nearly three hours reminded us not only that we should press on but the music of our late heroes will live on and on.
All but five of the songs in McCartney’s set list belonged to yesterday, more specifically the last century, from 1958 (the Quarrymen) to 1982 to be exact. But they sounded more fresh than nostalgic because McCartney was in the moment, fully engaged, quite spirited and relishing the joy of making music.
That McCartney didn’t seem as buoyant Wednesday as he had at Target Field in 2014 didn’t really matter. That McCartney sounded like he had a cold — some of his high notes were so raw it seemed as if he’d swallowed Joe Cocker — didn’t matter much. It didn’t diminish his enthusiasm or the enjoyment of the 17,000 fans.
In his seventh appearance in the Twin Cities, Sir Paul certainly had a sense of place. After dedicating an instrumental version of “Foxy Lady” to “the late, great Jimi Hendrix,” McCartney announced that he was dedicating Wednesday’s concert to “the late, great Prince.”
He mentioned that he’d seen Prince in concert several times in London and had experienced Prince onstage in a small club on the most recent New Year’s Eve. “Minneapolis, Prince,” Sir Paul declared and paused. “Prince, Minneapolis. It goes together.” […]
From RollingStone, May 5, 2016:
Paul McCartney comforted Prince’s hometown of Minneapolis with a rousing cover of “Let’s Go Crazy” during the encore of his concert at the Target Center on Wednesday night.
“Here’s to the man,” McCartney said after playing the Purple Rain track. “Loved that guy. Thank you Prince, for writing so many beautiful songs, so much music. And he’s your guy.“
“Prince, Minneapolis; Minneapolis, Prince. It goes together,” McCartney said onstage with Prince’s glowing purple glyph towering in the background.
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Setlist for the soundcheck
Setlist for the concert