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This was the first of two nights in Melbourne.
From paulmccartney.com, For Whom The Bell Tells, January 19, 2018:
Melbourne (show day) and interview with Triple J radio – Tuesday 5th December
Today we are hosting Zan Rowe, a presenter from Australia’s alternative radio station Triple J. She’s here to record a special edition of a show called Take 5 where the interviewee chooses five songs from their catalogue to discuss in-depth. This is due to be broadcast the following morning. Zan had announced her visitor to her audience a few days earlier with a cute tweet that read: “In life changing news, I am beyond stoked to announce that Paul McCartney will be Taking 5 next week. On Wednesday at 10am. A special Take 5. Sir Paul will play five of his own songs, and talk in depth about their making. His Songbook. DED.”
After sound-checking within Melbourne’s huge AAMI Park stadium, where tonight he will play to a sell-out audience of 30,000-plus, it’s interview time. Paul invites Zan into his dressing room where the two chat way longer than the time I have allocated, but Paul is enjoying himself and it’s a great conversation. If he didn’t have the pressing matter of a show to do tonight it could go on forever. To listen to Paul talk about his songwriting process is incredible. All of us in the room – Charlie (Paul’s videographer), Ryan (the show’s producer) Zan and I – are captivated by the stories but sadly it must come to an end!
(The following morning, when the programme plays out, notable local musicians are tweeting their joy with one asking for it to never end. And when the station released the interview as a podcast, it immediately topped the iTunes podcast chart.
And with the interview wrapped up we leave Paul to ready himself for his show. [you can read the interview at Paul McCartney Takes 5]
Needless to say, it is another unbridled success. The Herald Sun gushes: “Where else can you sing ‘A Day in the Life’ along with an actual Beatle?
‘At one point early on McCartney paused between songs to take in the audience, noting: ‘I’m gonna take a second for myself to drink it all in.
‘He would have seen what he no doubt witnesses each night — three generations all united by his music. Watching that pure communal joy nightly would surely explain his lack of retirement plans.”
Walking away from AAMI Park on Tuesday night following the first Melbourne show by Sir Paul McCartney, a mix of euphoria and sadness swept over me. Euphoria from the sheer brilliance of what I had seen and the joy it brought to me and 30,000 others. Sadness at the thought I would probably never see that again. […]
The One on One tour has been worth the wait. McCartney and his exceptionally good band delivered 40 songs, including many classic Beatles and Wings hits, over three hours.
This time he opened with a Hard Day’s Night – the title track to what is still probably my favourite album. The highlights included a rousing sing-along to Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da, a moving ukulele cover of George Harrison’s classic Something and the reprise to Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band (now 50 years old).
When I recognised the opening strains of Live and Let Die I was ready for him. I clapped my hands over my ears just in time for the ‘boom’ and then cheered the fireworks and lights with every one else and then na na nahed to Hey Jude.
In a night filled with glorious highlights, one moment stood out above all the others. And for the rest of my life I don’t think I’ll be able to hear that beautiful acoustic guitar intro to Band on the Run without getting a tear in my eye. Singing that classic with 30,000 other people created an unforgettable memory.
How could I be sad about that? There’s no hiding that Sir Paul’s voice isn’t what it once was. Sixty-odd years of singing (with plenty of screeching) has caused understandable wear and tear on the vocal chords. Nor is there any hiding that he is now 75 years old – even longer in the tooth for being a rock star on a world tour.
If he keeps to his past schedule of visiting Australia once every 20-25 years, we won’t see Paul again until he’s in his 90s. Even he is unlikely to embark on a grueling world tour at 90. So, walking away from the stadium, the chances of feeling that euphoria again seemed very slim. […]
Last updated on March 22, 2021
Setlist for the concert