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This was the first date of the “Freshen Up” tour.
From paulmccartney.com, July 3, 2018:
We’ve always had such a fantastic time playing shows in Canada. We can’t wait to return in September for what should be another special run of shows. We are looking forward to freshening up our show and playing some of our songs from the new album alongside those songs we know you like to hear. Get ready to rock Canada!” – Paul
[…] Paul will make his eagerly anticipated return to the road with his new #FreshenUpTour. Four confirmed dates were announced this morning, marking Paul’s first series of live dates since the ‘One On One’ tour that played to some two million fans over the course of 2016 and 2017.
The ‘Freshen Up’ tour will also be Paul’s first outing following the release of his brand new studio album, Egypt Station, out September 7th on Capitol Records.
‘Freshen Up’ will begin September 17th at the Videotron Centre in Québec, Paul’s first show in the Canadian capital since his 2013 stop at the Plains of Abraham on the ‘Out There’ tour. From there, Paul will visit Montreal for the first time since the ‘On The Run’ tour in 2011 to play the Bell Centre on September 20th, before returning to Winnipeg September 28th to play Bell MTS Place, his first performance in the capital of Manitoba since 2013. ‘Freshen Up’s’ Canadian itinerary will conclude with a visit to a final Canadian capital city, Edmonton, Alberta, for a September 30th show at Rogers Place—Paul’s first appearance in the city since 2012.
From For Whom The Bell Tells, January 11, 2019:
Monday, September 17, Centre Videotron, Quebec
At last, it is the first night of the Freshen Up shows in a three year-old indoor sports venue primarily used for ice hockey. You can take it as read that the temperature is turned up tonight as the 17,000-strong crowd is barely able to contain its excitement. To truly sum up the evening there is often no better way than to hand it over to the reporters and reviewers who cover these shows. Here is what the Journal De Quebec says of the show: “The legend did not disappoint and the night was magical. …The irresistible McCartney, 76, launched his Freshen Up World Tour on a triumphant note by offering, as usual, a marathon concert consisting of all the great successes of his impressive repertoire. Almost 40 songs, all recognisable from the first chords. The British star remains an inexhaustible beast on stage, even if on the most demanding songs the voice quivers a little, he has the ability to put the crowd in his pocket with a simple wave of the hand. Generous and beautifully supported as always by a band at the top of their game, he gave multiple nods to his glorious past with a backdrop of archival footage showing him, on giant screens, in his youth with the Beatles. It is unimaginable that this guy is a septuagenarian.”
From JamBase, September 18, 2018:
Paul McCartney held the first concert of his Freshen Up Tour on Monday night with a performance at Centre Vidéotron in Québec City in Québec, Canada. The Beatles legend mixed songs from the Fab Four’s beloved catalog with material from his solo career, including a few selections from the recently issued solo album Egypt Station.
McCartney first performance in Québec City since 2013 began with The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night.” The first of three selections to be played from Egypt Station, “Who Cares,” came a few songs into the set. McCartney then led his band — featuring a horn section for the first time on a tour since 1979 — on a take on the album’s single “Come On to Me” and later on played the single “Fuh You.”
The biggest surprise of the concert was McCartney dusting off the Wings favorite “Let ‘Em In,” which Paul had not played live since 2012. The recently incorporated The Beatles classic “From Me to You” and the rarely played “Michelle” made it into the opening night setlist.
Last updated on March 30, 2021
Setlist for the soundcheck
Setlist for the concert