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From Green Day Press Gazette, June 9, 2019:
Just like the generation of fans who have never forgotten what it was like to see The Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show” more than a half-century ago, the sold-out crowd at Lambeau Field on Saturday will forever remember how it felt to sing along to “Hey Jude” with Paul McCartney on a picture-perfect June evening in 2019.
It didn’t just feel good. It felt unforgettable.
More than a few in the crowd of nearly 50,000 were lucky enough to get the McCartney bookend experience — old enough to have experienced Beatlemania back in the ’60s as teens and still young enough to relive it with a 76-year-old McCartney now. There’s no premium seat that can’t top a vantage point like that.
There was every age imaginable whenever the cameras panned the sea of joyful faces, each one hooked at some point in their lives by one of the most influential bands in music history. They came wearing a parade of Beatles T-shirts, British flag accessories and at least a few “Sgt. Pepper’s” epaulets. They waved signs that read “Donna Wants to Hold Your Hand” and “1 2 3 4 5 6 7 All Good Cheeseheads Go To Heaven.” (“That’s true,” McCartney said of the latter.)
Mostly, they couldn’t stop smiling.
When you put them all together under the effortless spell of an age-defying rock icon in one of football’s most iconic venues, hang a crescent moon off to the side of the stage for added effect, it was a moment decades in the making and every bit worth the wait. […]
From Paul McCartney.com, June 21, 2019:
“Hey Lambeau… Let’s go!”
From the time the ‘Freshen Up’ touring platoon rolled into Green Bay—did we pass a downtown street rechristened Abbey Road? Yes we did—it was clear Green Bay had been buzzing for months about Paul McCartney’s first ever concert in the Packer City. The local media were packered—ahem—packed with everything from the routine –traffic advisories– to the above and beyond: dueling Beatles tribute bands along the banks of the Fox River, anticipatory stories ranging from locals barely containing their excitement, to an Anchorage, Alaska woman venturing to the lower 48 to gift her father with Paul’s show for his 89th birthday, to a Michigan mother taking a 10-hour road trip with her teenage son to share their first live McCartney experience together.
And now, the fourth major concert at Lambeau Field in the 62-year history of the iconic home of the Green Bay Packers was finally upon them all: Lifelong Green Bay residents, those who’d made the trek from here, there and everywhere, those who’d seen The Beatles at the Milwaukee Arena in 1964 as teenagers, to kids of all ages seeing Paul for the first time in the flesh… It was time to Freshen Up old memories and make lifetimes’ worth or new ones as Paul took the stage.
And what new memories they were… ‘Got To Get You Into My Life’ into ‘Come On To Me,’ from ‘Dance Tonight’ into ‘Love Me Do’ to hushed reverence for ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Here Today,’ then back onto their feet for ‘Queenie Eye’ and ‘Lady Madonna’… Nearly 50,000 voices screaming their approval of every note and every syllable—not least of which when Paul caught sight of read a fan’s sign proclaiming “1 2 3 4 5 6 7 All Good Cheeseheads Go To Heaven.” “That’s true,” Paul remarked—though everyone fortunate enough to snag a ticket to Lambeau that night was already there.
Paul’s performance continued from peak to peak; ‘Band on the Run’ played 45 years to the day that it hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, ‘Fuh You’ igniting a sea of tens of thousands phone lights that illuminated the Lambeau bowl–a spectacle that repeated for ‘Let It Be,’ the penultimate ‘Live and Let Die’ augmented with a particularly torrential barrage of a stadium scale fireworks and pyro tour de force… “As good as it gets… unforgettable,” said the local media, once more getting it exactly right, this time the GREEN BAY PRESS GAZETTE: “It’s hard to imagine what more any fan could’ve asked from a night that was all about love and togetherness, a marathon of unmatched musicianship, the sweetest of nostalgia and a music history lesson come to life — except for maybe three more hours.”From Steve Martin, Paul’s US Publicist
Last updated on June 22, 2019
This was the 1st and only concert played at Lambeau Field.
Setlist for the soundcheck
Setlist for the concert