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From paulmccartney.com, December 11, 2018:
In the wake of the triumphant headline stand at the Austin City Limits festival that the Austin American Statesman called “A Marathon to Remember Forever,” Paul McCartney has added yet another show to the upcoming U.S. leg of his new Freshen Up tour. The newly confirmed July 10, 2019 show at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA is the newest addition to Paul’s first extended Stateside run since the One On One Tour that played to some two million fans around the world during 2016 and 2017.
From CBS SF BayArea, July 11, 2019:
[…] Throughout the career-spanning, 3-hour set, Paul stopped to acknowledge some signs among the crowd including one girl near the front dressed in a walrus costume whose sign read “I sold my Mini Cooper for this ticket.” Much to her amazement, Paul brought her and her friend onstage to give him a hug after they finished “Birthday” to begin the encore.
Paul chatted with them for a moment and the girl dressed in the walrus costume asked him to sign her foot which she explained was going to have made into a tattoo. Paul obliged with a smile and granted their request to dance onstage next to him for the next two numbers, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and a fierce version of “Helter Skelter.”
The band concluded with the fitting trio of melding songs, “Golden Slumbers,”“Carry That Weight,” and “The End” with Paul on piano as they waved and walked off the stage for a final time. Classic rock is entering the final gasps of its victory lap and we are so fortunate that Sir Paul is still around to show us to the finish line.
From paulmccartney.com, August 9, 2019:
Our day at San Jose’s SAP Center began with the surprising sighting of a face familiar to touring and local crew members alike. NBC Today Show host Al Roker had rolled into the venue early, with a crew in tow, who would later build a makeshift interview set onstage to film a chat about Paul’s upcoming children’s book Hey Grandude!. Members of our own crew were suitably impressed with the speed and efficiency with which the Today Show folks operated, literally building their set, filming the interview and striking the set all in the tight interval between the end of soundcheck and the opening of the venue’s doors.
With that bit of business–pleasant though it was—out of the way, it was once again showtime. To the surprise of no one and the delight of all, Paul “barreled through decades of hits from every phase of his career” (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE) on this, his first San Jose appearance since his two-nighter at the HP Pavilion on The US Tour in 2005.
The Bay Area holds a special place in Paul’s performing history. Aside from the glaringly obvious—the bookends of The Beatles final show at Candlestick Park in 1966 and Paul playing the last ever show at the now-decommissioned Candlestick in 2014—Paul’s more recent landmark gigs in the region include 2010 at AT&T Park and his 2013 first ever headline at the Outside Lands Festival in Golden Gate Park (both featuring Paul’s rarely played (other than at soundcheck) cover of Jesse Fuller’s ‘San Francisco Bay Blues’ dedicated as ever to our dear departed MFTQ Shelley Lazar).
What distinguished this night in the South Bay from those previous unforgettable near-three-hour experiences was another unexpected appearance, this one from someone decidedly less famous than Al Rocker—but not for long.
As Paul was skimming through San Jose’s assortment of fan signs, one in particular caught his eye: “I am the walrus who sold my Mini Cooper to see you.” The sign’s creator was indeed dressed in a full-body walrus costume, later identified as Emily Morenz from Orange County, but henceforth to be known as Walrus Girl.
That car paid for itself and then some, as Walrus Girl and her sidekick (sorry when you’re the pal of the Walrus Girl who sold her car for tickets, you’re kinda’ stuck with “and friend” at best) were invited onstage just after ‘Birthday’ opened the encore. Fueled by equal parts adrenaline and disbelief, the two danced with Paul throughout the entirety of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)’ and ‘Helter Skelter’—in fact, the only time their feet seemed to stop moving was when Paul signed one of Walrus Girl’s, to later become a tattoo—here’s hoping all that dancing didn’t sweat it off!
“As the walrus-costumed fan and her friend danced along with inspired abandon to ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and ‘Helter Skelter,’ it was obvious that after all this time, it still meant something to McCartney to see fans truly enjoy his music,” witnessed the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE. “In a sense, Wednesday’s experience was as much about who was in the crowd as who was on stage.”
And with that, let the record show that I made it this far without a ‘Do You Know The Way To San Jose’ crack, only to have the Hot City Horns beat me to it, playing Paul onto the bus with their version of the Dionne Warwick classic, after which Freshen Up was Los Angeles-bound.By Paul’s publicist, Steve Martin
Last updated on August 14, 2019
This was the 1st and only concert played at SAP Centre.
Setlist for the soundcheck
Setlist for the concert