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From Fort Worth Star Telegram, June 15, 2019:
Sir Paul McCartney gave Arlington’s Globe Life Park a rock and roll royal christening Friday night, playing 37 songs over nearly three hours in the first event of its kind at the Texas Rangers baseball club’s yard. […]
From foul pole to foul pole, fans swayed and held up their mobile phone flashlights to create a musical spectacle of the ballpark, which is being re-purposed as the Rangers prepare to move to the new Globe Life Field across the street next season. […]
The precise attendance wasn’t available. The ballpark normally has a capacity of 49,115, although because of the stage positioning no outfield seats between the foul poles were sold. However, the venue featured a packed floor of several thousand seats. [….]
From Paul McCartney.com, June 21, 2019:
Texas! Lubbock! Buddy Holly!”
With that shout-out, Paul dedicated a soundcheck salute to the Lone Star legend: a rendition of Buddy Holly’s ‘It’s So Easy’ that, like most everything else played at soundcheck, made it apparent we were in for a scorcher—literally and figuratively.
By the time the sun had begun to sink low enough to offer the slightest reprieve from the sweltering heat, it was official: Every single show on this first U.S. run of Freshen Up 2019 had shattered box office records. In the case of Arlington Globe Life Park, however, Paul’s show set the record: It would be the first ever major concert event at the home of the Texas Rangers.
As the DALLAS MORNING NEWS noted, the timing of Paul’s first steps onto the Globe Life Park Stage “created powerful memories in Arlington concert on a week when rock music needed them”: Two days earlier a New York Times expose’ revealed the extent of the loss of classic master recordings in 2008’s first at Universal Studios’ storage facility in Los Angeles. With so much musical history having gone up in smoke, a performance like Paul’s at Globe Life Park seemed all the more precious, and perhaps offered some solace to those in attendance mourning the destruction of those vaults’ worth of master tapes.
Paul’s Arlington debut however was a celebration of the memories being created in the here and now. ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ ‘Can’t Buy Me Love,’
‘Let Me Roll It,’ ‘Maybe I’m Amazed,’ the Quarrymen proto-Beatle classic ‘In Spite Of All The Danger,’ ‘Love Me Do,’ ‘Blackbird,’ ‘Eleanor Rigby’… every note a reminder of how integral and essential these songs are to our every memory—from the kids and grandkids being brought along to their first concert to young lovers to one-time Beatles and Wings concertgoers reunited with Paul for a night.
Even when Paul wasn’t saying it outright, as in the intro to ‘Here Today,’ for nearly three hours he reminded us repeatedly that music and love are gifts to be treasured and shared.
And with that… what more is there to say about Freshen Up’s abundance of memories, but stay tuned for more when we pick it back up with Paul’s return to Petco Park, San Diego!From Steve Martin, Paul’s US Publicist
Last updated on June 22, 2019
Globe Life Park
This was the 1st and only concert played at Globe Life Park.
Setlist for the concert