The Paul McCartney Project

Nov 05, 2018 in Tokyo

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From, September 28, 2018:

“Hey everyone in Japan! We’ve added a new date to our concert list in Japan at the Ryogoku Kokugikan. We can’t wait to get back, we’ve always had such a great time. We are going to party with you soon.” – Paul

Today, 28th September, Paul announces his most intimate Japanese concert ever at the historic Ryogoku Kokugikan.  This concert will take place when Paul brings his new ‘Freshen Up’ tour to Japan at the end of October for two shows at the Tokyo Dome as well as visiting the city of Nagoya for the first time for a show at the Nagoya Dome.  

With a capacity of 7000, this venue is a fitting choice for Paul as he has long been a fan of sumo wrestling. On previous tours Paul has made time to watch the wrestling and often commented on how much he likes it.

From The Asahi Shimbun, November 6, 2018: 

Former Beatle Paul McCartney belted out such classics as “Let It Be” and “Hey Jude” during a Nov. 5 concert at a sumo arena in Sumida Ward, even gesturing like the wrestlers in tribute to the venue.

After opening with “A Hard Day’s Night,” McCartney performed a traditional “shiko” stomp, then said in Japanese, “Today, I’ll do my best to speak Japanese again,” to the delight of the crowd.

The concert at Ryogoku Kokugikan was the third leg of his seventh solo Japan tour, following performances at Tokyo Dome on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

It was the first time for the 76-year-old to perform at a concert hall in Tokyo other than Chiyoda Ward’s Nippon Budokan hall or Bunkyo Ward’s Tokyo Dome.

The musician arrived in Japan on Oct. 29.

McCartney is known for being an avid sumo fan. During a visit to Japan in November 2013, he attended the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, putting up prize money for a total of 15 wrestlers.

Typically, such money is provided by companies aiming to promote their businesses.

Banners akin to those used for sumo events were hoisted around the venue featuring the musician’s name.

During the concert, McCartney said, “Gottuandesu,” an expression used by sumo athletes, meaning “Thank you.”

Over a two-hour set without break, McCartney sang more than 30 songs, including a new release. For the encore, he sang “Helter Skelter,” as many of the about 7,000 spectators held colored glow sticks in the air.

The music icon is scheduled to perform at Nagoya Dome in Nagoya’s Higashi Ward for the first time on Nov. 8.

A total of about 135,000 spectators are estimated to attend his four concerts in Japan, part of the musician’s “Freshen Up” world tour, which started in Canada in September.

About the venue, from Wikipedia:

Ryōgoku Kokugikan (両国国技館 Ryōgoku Kokugikan), also known as Ryōgoku Sumo Hall, is an indoor sporting arena located in the Yokoami neighborhood (bordering to the Ryōgoku neighborhood) of Sumida, one of the 23 wards of Tokyo in Japan, next to the Edo-Tokyo Museum. It is the third building built in Tokyo associated with the name kokugikan. The current building was opened in 1985 and has a capacity of 11,098 people. It is mainly used for sumo wrestling tournaments (honbasho) and hosts the Hatsu (new year) honbasho in January, the Natsu (summer) honbasho in May, and the Aki (autumn) honbasho in September. It also houses a museum about sumo. The venue is also used for other indoor events, such as boxing, pro wrestling, and music concerts. In past years, it has hosted the finals of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s annual G1 Climax tournament as well as the Invasion Attack and King of Pro-Wrestling events and the WWE’s The Beast in the East event in 2015.

Last updated on November 10, 2018

Ryogoku Kokugikan

This was the 1st and only concert played at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Setlist for the soundcheck





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Setlist for the concert




Foxy Lady

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