The Paul McCartney Project

Auckland • Saturday, December 16, 2017

ConcertBy Paul McCartney • Part of the Oceanian leg of the One On One Tour
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From, For Whom The Bell Tells, January 19, 2018:

Thursday 14th December:

New Zealand is awash with rumours this morning about Paul’s arrival last night and the media are trying to guess where he might be. In the afternoon Paul posts a message to his social media channels announcing his excitement at being back. “Hey there, so I finally got to New Zealand, wow, it’s been a little while. It’s beautiful, look at that!” He said whilst gesturing towards the ocean.

During a radio interview with Newstalk ZB’s breakfast host Mike Hosking, Paul eventually puts all the guesswork to bed and explains that he has been enjoying a little quiet time in Hawkes Bay to prepare for his Auckland show at the Mount Smart Stadium. During his chat with Mike, he also discusses the way he chooses what songs he should put into the set – something which is a constant source of intrigue for fans and journalists wherever he plays.

“What I do is, I actually sit down before the tour and just think, if I was going to the show what would I want to see? What would I want to have happen? And there’s certain songs that I would think, oh yeah. I’d want to see that, I’d want him to do that, I’d want the band to play that. So those kind of start the list and then you go down from there – and you think, well what would I personally like to play for people and what else would I like to fill it out with and what new numbers would I like to play and what unusual numbers would I like to play? In the end, of course, a lot of it is for the audience, the songs they know the best, really. Unless they’re young. The young crowd know the more contemporary things like ‘Four Five Seconds’; some of the older people don’t know those, they like the Beatles stuff, so we do a mix. And you know, I’m trying to make the crowd happy, because I don’t want them going away thinking well, that wasn’t worth it!”

Paul also points out there is a strange familiarity to the landscape he has seen so far during his trip to NZ: “For me it’s got echoes of the British Isles really, the countryside where I’m looking out the window at this fantastic view. For me, it almost could be Scotland.”

Paul also took time to chat with alternative radio station Harauki – for their breakfast show with cheeky hosts Matt and Jerry. The guys had been joking in the weeks leading up to Paul’s visit that they’d get an interview with the main man but never thought it would actually happen.

Auckland (show day) – Saturday 16th December:

At last the show day rolls around. It’s the last show of 2017 – another remarkable year for all of us with memories we’ll share for life. The crew are indelibly bonded by the incredible experiences we are all part of. Tokyo, although only 7 months ago, feels like a lifetime ago. So much has happened this year and we all have our individual high points of the year. Today though, we are all focused on doing our best work to end the year on a massive high. The last few weeks have just been awesome.

At sound check today our PM is joined by New Zealand’s PM. Newly elected Jacinda Ardern, 37, rocks out in the afternoon sunshine.

As befits such a special occasion there are some other notables in the audience later in the day – Oscar-winning Lord Of The Rings/Hobbit director Peter Jackson and Crowded House’s Neil Finn, a long-time fan. And those carefully crafted greetings to suit the local crowd are in evidence once again tonight as Paul declares: “Good evening Auckland. Kia ora tena koutou katoa.”

The reviews are wonderful – The Herald On Sunday says: “Paul McCartney led a thoroughly captivated audience though a magical mystery tour of his greatest hits.” And Stuff says:“Striding on stage at Mt Smart Stadium without a word, but instead a salute, McCartney launched into a note perfect ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ that set the scene for the marathon gig to come. It was an apt choice: it’s hard to recall an artist who worked so hard to give his audience value.”

Sunday 17th December – Time to go home…

As a parting message to New Zealand Paul posted a private moment from his time there – resulting in the following coverage in local media:

Superstar and activist Sir Paul McCartney has won our hearts again with his latest post on social media. The short video shows the musician in New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay, rescuing a brown kiwi.

McCartney is shown admiring the bird, native to New Zealand, saying: “Lovely little kiwi… we’re saving you”

He appears to be accompanied by wildlife restoration project Cape Sanctuary, who work to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife. Currently, kiwi are seeing a population decline of 1,400 each year due to predators. Additionally, four out of every five native birds in New Zealand are at risk of extinction.

And so, with that Paul wraps up the latest leg of his globetrotting and seemingly never-ending series of shows. I – and millions of fans – can only look forward to the next batch!

From Twitter: Lovin NZ. Been a long time! x ??

Last updated on May 4, 2019

Mt Smart Stadium

This was the 1st and only concert played at Mt Smart Stadium.

Setlist for the concert





Foxy Lady

Written by Jimi Hendrix



Love Me Do

Written by Lennon - McCartney




Written by Lennon - McCartney




Written by Paul McCartney







Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney


Hey Jude

Written by Lennon - McCartney





Written by Lennon - McCartney



Written by Lennon - McCartney




The End

Written by Lennon - McCartney


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