Lexington • Saturday, June 1, 2019

ConcertBy Paul McCartney • Part of the 2nd North America leg of the Freshen Up Tour
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Rupp Arena
19,153 / 19,153

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From Kentucky.com, June 2, 2019:

Paul McCartney had the sold-out audience of 19,000 before him sized up pretty well as his tireless and irrepressibly fun concert headed into the home stretch Saturday evening at Rupp Arena.

Noting that performances of his Beatles classics usually triggered “a galaxy of stars” through the glow of cell phones from eager fans while the delivery of new songs amounted, in terms of expectation and interest, to “a black hole,” he unapologetically launched into “Fuh You,” the third of three tunes from his 2018 album “Egypt Station.”

Maybe the audience showed a sliver of sympathy for the seemingly orphaned tune or perhaps they were taken by the its bright pop melodicism which sounded like the direct descendent of a Beatles gem. Regardless, the cell phones came out and lit up Rupp like a Christmas tree for the song. […]

As for McCartney directly, he remains something of a wonder onstage. Two weeks shy of his 77thbirthday, he looked fit, sang with surprisingly unblemished gusto (yes, a few cracks of age appeared, but nothing more than what most rock singers half his age reveal in performance) and flowed with the program’s length and drive as it were a casual stroll. A testament to his stamina was the encore segment, which had him ripping through a reserved but still immediate version of “Helter Skelter,” one of the Beatles’ most savagely electric works, after navigating a full 2 ½ hour set. McCartney didn’t look even remotely winded afterward either. […]

Worth noting that Paul skipped “Band On The Run” for that concert !

Paul McCartney performed “Junior’s Farm” to a sold out crowd during the “Freshen Up” tour at Rupp Arena in Lexington, on Saturday. Alex Slitz ASLITZ@HERALD-LEADER.COM

From Paul McCartney.com, June 21, 2019:

A stretch of more than a quarter century between shows came to an end with Paul’s return to the Rupp Arena in Lexington KY for the first time since 1990.

Prior to the show, Paul had the occasion to get reacquainted with Babydaddy from Scissor Sisters—who was in his hometown of Lexington visiting family—including his father Philip, once a young attendee of Beatles shows who finally got the chance to express his gratitude for Paul’s music in person. Of that once in a lifetime experience, Babydaddy’s daddy said:

 “I was able to go see them at a concert at Busch Stadium in St. Louis in the rain, in 1965… I have every British and American Album and have two early Beatle full band autograph sets.

I had not been able to see Paul McCartney again since that concert in 1965.

When I heard he was coming to Lexington with this concert tour, I decided that it would be great for the whole family to go. Our three boys are also big Beatle fans. As you know Scott (a/k/a Babydaddy) was in a pretty famous band called the Scissor Sisters and he had been able to meet Paul at Live 8 in 2008.

Because of his connections, he was able to take me to meet Paul when he came to Lexington last week.

This was an amazing thrill for me. It is not often that you get to meet one of your heroes. Paul was friendly and down to earth, just as I would have suspected.

He talked with us for a few minutes and accepted a book that one of my other son’s best friends had written. The book concerned a horse that was bred in Lexington and led to Pete Best’s mother winning money enough to build the Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool where the Quarrymen played.

Paul was very interested and held the book up when we took photos. It was overall a great experience. And by the way, the show was amazing. Probably the best rock concert I have seen.”

… this from someone who saw The Beatles in 1965! I can’t come close to topping that, so… on to five consecutive first ever Paul shows in…

From Steve Martin, Paul’s US Publicist

Last updated on June 22, 2019

Rupp Arena

This was the 2nd concert played at Rupp Arena.

A total of 2 concerts have been played there • 1990Apr 9th2019Jun 1st

Setlist for the soundcheck




Honey Hush

Written by Joe Turner




Written by Paul McCartney


Setlist for the concert





Foxy Lady

Written by Jimi Hendrix





Love Me Do

Written by Lennon - McCartney



Written by Lennon - McCartney






Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney


Hey Jude

Written by Lennon - McCartney





Written by Lennon - McCartney




The End

Written by Lennon - McCartney


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Andrew Lynch 2 years ago

I happened to be at this one and SOMEONE skipped "Band On The Run". I don't think Paul knew about it because it sure looked like he didn't know at the time. When the band started the song after he whirled around to look a the big screen and looked like he essentially asked what the heck was going on. Whatever happened he figured it out and went into the following song all in the span of a matter of seconds. Very smooth on the pickup. When's the last time Paul didn't play Yesterday AND Band On The Run at a concert! Very weird.

Side stories: One guy had a sign that said Show 122. That's how many times he's gone. Paul was very pleased and impressed by that. He said a lot to him and gave him a genuine "cheers mate". Another sign a woman had read "I tried to mail myself to you when I wad six.". He chuckled and got a kick out of that one. Also Paul was happy that Liverpool won it's match and called that out.

The PaulMcCartney Project 2 years ago

Thanks @andrew ! When you say "SOMEONE skipped Band On The Run", do you suggest one of his band members skipped it ?

Andrew Lynch 2 years ago

Well, again this all transpired in a matter of seconds, but the band seemed to know it was being skipped as Paul whirled around to one of them, Abe maybe, and quickly told him.

The screen graphics were set for the next song so it wasn't the band that was responsible for the skip.

I could only guess there was a problem with time (maybe the show was running long) and something had to be cut? If so, why what one? Cut Fuh You for cryin' out loud!

The PaulMcCartney Project 2 years ago

Thanks @andrew !

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