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This was the fifteenth and the penultimate date of the “Got Back” tour.
The Orioles announced that legendary singer-songwriter Paul McCartney will perform the second-ever major concert at Camden Yards on Sunday, June 12, as part of his 2022 GOT BACK tour. It will be McCartney’s first performance in Baltimore in nearly 60 years, as he last visited Charm City in 1964 during The Beatles’ first North American tour.
From Baltimore Sun, June 13, 2022
Nearly 60 years after the Beatles became an international phenomenon and toured North America for the first time, Paul McCartney returned to Baltimore Sunday night. At one point, he asked the crowd at Oriole Park to scream just as adoring fans had in the 1960s, and the concertgoers, of course, obliged.
“You’ve still got it,” McCartney told the audience.
The same could be said of McCartney, who turns 80 this week and performed for 2 hours and 40 minutes as part of his “Got Back” tour. Fans repeatedly wished him a happy birthday as, with his charm and a catalog of beloved songs from his days with the Beatles, Wings and as a solo artist, he wowed and entertained dozens of thousands of eager fans. An official attendance figure has not yet been provided.
“This whole thing is so cool,” McCartney told the crowd early in the set. “I’m gonna take a second to myself to drink it all in.”
McCartney last performed in Baltimore in Sept. 1964 with two shows at the Civic Center, now the Baltimore Arena, when Beatlemania — and its long-haired, endearing star — first invaded Charm City. […]
From dcmusicreview.com, June 15, 2022:
[…] Later the most emotional moment of the night took place, leaving more than a few of the gathered mass wiping tears. Paul said that Peter Jackson, who put together last fall’s three-part documentary film “Get Back,” had rung him up and told him he could isolate John’s vocals and he could sing with them if he wanted. Paul said, “Uh yes, please.” The band then went into “I’ve Got A Feeling.” At the point when John would enter with his vocals, there appeared John Lennon on the screen behind the band from the documentary film, as they were on the rooftop playing their final concert. The clarity and tone of Lennon’s voice was simply amazing as John’s voice echoed in the cavernous stadium, and for just a few minutes, John was truly alive and loud once more deep in the heart of Baltimore. During their virtual duet, Paul spent long periods of time turned to the back of the stage, watching his mate singing again, then got to turn to a mic and sang too. It was really better than I could’ve imagined it, a beautiful moment, again personal, intimate. When the song finished, Paul quietly said, “I got to sing with him again.” […]
From paulmccartney.com, June 22, 2022:
The citywide electric charge of anticipation that heralds a Paul McCartney show is virtually impossible to put into words, yet somehow instantly identifiable to any and all who have felt it.
And in cities Paul is visiting after a prolonged absence — for example, for the first time since The Beatles’ one and only Baltimore stand in 1964 — the effects are that much more intensified and visible to the naked eye, manifesting in ways ranging from the tailgating fans packing the bars along Russell Street to the massive welcome banner adorning the entrance to Oriole Park at Camden Yards to the same sold-out ballpark doing the wave in unison across all levels of seating in the early evening light. Seeing such concentrated masses of humanity unified in sheer joy is something that never gets old.
Speaking of eternal youth, Paul’s first ever Charm City solo concert — the second major concert ever to take place at the home of the Baltimore Orioles — was one for the ages, for the first-timers as well as the handful of fans who’d witnessed the ’64 Beatles Civic Center engagement quoted in the Baltimore Sun. As Paul tore into a fiery opening ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ — the one tune performed both tonight and by The Beatles’ in B’more in ’64 — the multigenerational crowd made it immediately and abundantly clear that would be just as historic an occasion, one worth every second of the wait.
While the GOT BACK tour’s state of the art sound system weathered the roars of a notably rowdy Baltimore, there were moments that put it to the test — particularly during the swells that greeted ‘I’ve Just Seen A Face’ (returning to the set after a Fenway #2 reprieve), an especially excitable fan punctuating the intro to ‘In Spite Of All The Danger’ (Paul assured the crowd that it was OK, that the banter-interrupter was a friend), and of course the patented Beatles Scream that accompanied ‘Love Me Do’.
Baltimore continued to voice its approval at ear-splitting levels — DC Music Review, for one, described the crowd’s unwavering display of affection and enthusiasm as “like a Beatles concert, screaming at an unknowable decibel” — for the duration of more than 2.5 hours of pristinely performed classics from Paul’s solo, Beatles and Wings catalogues. The one-man acoustic interlude of ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Here Today’ that saw Paul elevated stories (again, pun intended) above the vast audience, Paul at the magic piano for a back to back double shot of ‘New’ and ‘Lady Madonna’, the tour’s second propulsive airing of ‘Jet’, and innumerable Baltimore debuts of universally adored tunes ranging from ‘Band On The Run’ and ‘Let It Be’ to a ‘Hey Jude’ audience participation session that must have been audible well into the Maryland suburbs… It would be no exaggeration to say that every note was nothing short of a lifetime highlight for all in attendance.
Suffice it to say, Paul more than made up for a 58-year wait with the overflowing abundance of memories he gifted tens of thousands of Baltimoreans with this life-affirming marathon evening of rock n roll.Steve Martin – Paul McCartney’s US publicist
Last updated on June 23, 2022
This was the 1st and only concert played at Oriole Park.
Setlist for the soundcheck
Setlist for the concert