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More from year 2017
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From paulmccartney.com, June 21, 2017:
Performing in stadiums and arenas in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland, this will be Paul’s first Australian and New Zealand tour since 1993’s ‘The New World Tour’ more than 24 years ago.
We’ve been waiting to get back to Australia and New Zealand for years and now it’s finally happening. It is very exciting. I’m really looking forward to the concerts as we’ve always had such a brilliant time whenever we’ve been before so we know we are in for a treat. Can’t wait to see you and all rock out together.Paul McCartney – From paulmccartney.com, June 21, 2017
From paulmccartney.com, November 30, 2017:
Do you have any favourite memories from visiting Australia and New Zealand on previous tours?
“Thanks for your question, Charles. Yes! The welcome we got in Australia was crazy! Crazy good! People were lining the streets and it was really special. We really liked it a lot and were very pleased to get such a great reception. A funny memory was that we were always giving the thumbs up sign to everyone, you know, meaning ‘Great, thanks, good luck’. And then someone said, ‘No actually that’s a rude sign in Australia’. I’m still not sure to this day if it’s true, but I think it meant something like ‘the finger’ in America. And there was another crazy incident where one of the fans climbed up the outside of our hotel to get to our suite. That was pretty crazy and pretty dangerous and don’t do this at home! But yeah it was a great trip. And in New Zealand rubbing noses with the Maoris had to be a little high spot.”
Was it just you and the guys [The Beatles] who went up and did that for the day?
PM: Yeah, there was a little ceremony where the Maoris were giving us a presentation and they were doing the dance and all the stuff. It was just nice to meet some real Maoris and then you know they said they’d like to greet you, and you do the nose, which was cool!
From perthnow, December 2, 2017:
[…] The Liverpudlian hasn’t performed in Perth since 1993 and it was evident he’d picked up new fans in the intervening years with audiences spanning several generations.
“G’day Perth,” he hollered following a rendition of Wings tune Junior’s Farm.
“How you goin? It’s fantastic to be back. I get the feeling we are going to have a good time tonight.”
[…] Swapping his bass for a red Les Paul guitar, he launched into Wings track Let Me Roll It with a robust Foxy Lady outro.
He said the band always play the outro “as a tribute to the late great Jimi Hendrix” who opened a concert with Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band two days after the album was released.
His colourful stories about his rock star mates were almost as entertaining as his music.
He also showcased his versatility as a musician switching from bass to guitar and then to piano for a rousing version of Wings’ Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five and Maybe I’m Amazed, to acoustic guitar for I’ve Just Seen a Face.
McCartney began his world tour in April last year and by the time it ends, in New Zealand on December 16, he will have performed 78 shows to more than two million fans in 16 countries.
From ‘Surreal’: WA police pipe up at Paul McCartney’s Perth concert (watoday.com.au), December 4, 2017:
A lot of last minute emails and plenty of phone calls enabled the WA Police Pipe Band to play a memorable part of Sir Paul McCartney’s Perth show at the weekend.
The Beatles legend played to 23,000 adoring fans at NIB Stadium on Saturday night. Towards the end of his epic three hour set, the WA Police Band appeared on stage with the 75-year-old music legend to perform Mull of Kintyre. But it wasn’t so easy to arrange.
On Monday, WA Police Band Sergeant Ian Stewart revealed on 6PR Mornings with Gareth Parker how the offer to do the gig came about very late in the piece and required a lot of organising.
“It was certainly a surreal experience,” Sgt Stewart told 6PR. “We got a phone call last Friday asking if we were available, and at that point we weren’t. We were booked up to do many gigs that week, we were also doing the Christmas pageant. So there was a lot of logistics, a lot of phone calls, a lot of emails. We did the rehearsal in two takes, Mr McCartney was very happy and that was it, done.“
Incredibly, the pipe band members managed to perform in the Christmas pageant and do the concert on the same night. “We all did the Christmas pageant…walked from there down to Police HQ, got on the bus and right around to NIB (Stadium),” he said.
Asked what it was like to be on stage with McCartney, Sgt Stewart said: “It was a huge honour to be on stage and share that moment with a living legend of the music industry.” […]
From paulmccartney.com, For Whom The Bell Tells, January 19, 2018:
Perth (show day) – Saturday 2nd December
Five weeks since Paul’s last ‘One On One’ concert in Mexico City and 24 years since his last show on Australian soil, the day has finally arrived. It’s a beautiful, hot sunny day with clear skies – and blissfully, there is no sign of the Freemantle Doctor. It’s funny to think about how much has happened since that last visit. Paul has released eight solo studio albums – and won the same number of Grammys; he has performed over 500 shows since his 1993 visit, which equates to almost 22,000 live songs. Back then, we didn’t even have DVD and our world – and concert-going – has changed immeasurably with the advent of Google (1998), camera phones (2000), Facebook (2004), YouTube (2005), and the iPhone (2007)!
Regular readers of the tour diary will know that Paul loves to make the effort to learn a little of the local language wherever he tours. Even in Australia that proves to be true when, straight after ‘Junior’s Farm’, he hollers to the crowd: “G’day Perth.”
It is a show full of hits with tracks like ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, ‘Love Me Do’, ‘Let Me Roll It’ plus much, much more. And, of course, ‘Mull Of Kintyre’ goes down wonderfully. Paul always loves to have a little audience participation and tonight’s show features an onstage proposal.
Just before midnight the first review drops online. I will leave it to The Sunday Times to tell you what you need to know: “MACCAMANIA gripped Perth as Paul McCartney kicked off the Australian leg of his One On One world tour at a sold-out NIB Stadium.” Another headline reads: “Paul McCartney Surpasses Expectations As Aus Tour Kicks Off”.
And with, that we are up and running in Australia.
Last updated on March 21, 2021
Setlist for the soundcheck
Setlist for the concert