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- Videotron Centre
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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 maccabord, September 5, 2018:
The Freshen Up Tour world premiere will be in Quebec City, Canada on September 17. Local news reports have said that McCartney’s crew will start arriving in Quebec on Sept 5th and that the boss himself should be there a few days later. Officials at the Videotron Centre, the arena where the concert will take place, confirmed that the arena has been booked from Sept 5 to Sept 17 but declined to give further details.
(Paul arrived in Quebec on September 12)
From For Whom The Bell Tells, January 11, 2019:
Sunday, September 15.
[…] “I love it. It’s beautiful”, says Paul as he reflects on his present location. He’s talking to Radio CHOI in Quebec City about his impressions of Quebec just as the curtain is about to rise on his Freshen Up tour. Paul’s first trip here was 10 years ago to celebrate the city’s 400th anniversary, drawing an audience of hundreds of thousands and creating a spectacle which is still a discussion point in the city today. “Such a great audience, it was a great occasion in the park; a really lovely day. I just love the history here. Such a beautiful city with a great feel,” Paul recalls as he chats on the phone, passing through the historic capital of Canada’s second most populated province en route to the final day of rehearsals before the tour begins.
Paul arrives at Centre Vidéotron, which is home to the Quebec Ramparts ice hockey team, just after 1.30pm. Looking relaxed in a blue blazer, blue jeans and a crisp, white shirt, Paul says hi to the crew and heads to his office – the stage! – before a quick jam with the band which is the launchpad for a blistering high-tempo version of Got To Get You Into My Life which sounds huge thanks to the embellishment of a new brass section, the Hot City Horns trio (or as Paul would have it, “the horny boys”). Next there is Letting Go followed by the fierce recent single Come On To Me, which sounds perfectly at home alongside long-established Macca gems.
And then we are into another treat. A perk of my job, and probably one for the nerds, is to see Paul take out his 1964 Rickenbacker 4001S bass guitar – the same one which, although not quite as famous as his familiar Hofner, graced so many of The Beatles recordings, as well as tracks by Wings and those from his early solo years. And with that, the band rock into a heavy version of Jet. It’s a thrill! At the end, Paul is mucking around with the guitar settings and sounds before suggesting: “Let’s just hold the A chord in Jet for a minute.” A moment later he jokes: “Let’s just actually do the entire show in the chord of A.” Then true to his word, the band follow him performing off-the-cuff versions of A Hard Day’s Night and My Valentine – all using A Major!
Paul then heads to the lighting and sound desk at the back of the arena so he can check out some of the new visuals that are going to be used throughout the show – a show, of course, that Paul will never get to see as he is tied up with other things. One of the images features a Ford model which Paul had actually owned during the 1960s, and he recalls: “The police use to stop me in it. They didn’t think I could own a car like that!”
After reviewing the pre-show visuals which will fill the massive screens throughout the tour, Paul returns to the stage to end his activities by jamming once again with the band. Sometimes it is mind-boggling to think about how many thousands of hours Paul has spent simply making free-form music with the rest of his band. Those priceless, never-to-be-repeated moments, possible germs of ideas which have come and gone in seconds.
At the end of rehearsal, we (the crew), assemble suspiciously on stage and Paul can clearly sense something is up. Mark Spring (Paul’s production manager) hands him a special commemorative display the crew have made for the boss to congratulate him on the epic news about topping the chart with Egypt Station. As a team we could not be more proud of Paul and everyone is beaming. What a great way to start a new tour. […]
Monday, September 16, 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 January 27, 2019
This was the 1st and only concert played at Videotron Centre.
Setlist for the soundcheck
Setlist for the concert