Paul hits it “Out (of) There”
Sir Paul McCartney played Target Field Saturday and left the fans signing “Hey Jude” in the concourse, after reluctantly leaving their seats following a stellar three hour performance.
Paul McCartney brought his “OUT THERE” tour to the twin cities and ‘hit for the cycle’ with a solid mix of The Beatles, Wings, some new stuff plus fun banter with the crowd. He shared the story of Jimi Hendrix playing a cover of The Beatles “Sargent Pepper” three days after the album was released. McCartney also had an amusing story of ‘hob-knobbing’ with members of the Russian government, who claimed they learned the English language by listening to Beatles records (“Hello Goodbye“)
The concert opened with “Eight Days a Week” and flowed through music from the Fab Four and Wings with some new songs dropped in. The main set ended with an EXPLOSIVE version of “Live and Let Die” that segued to “Hey Jude.” His two encores included the likes of “Yesterday” and “Get Back.” (Brad Fischer was really looking forward to that one!) At 72 years old, McCartney was energetic throughout but claimed toward the end that he needed to leave and we needed to go home sometime.
The list of songs played was enormous and included “Back in the USSR,”(My brother’s favorite) “Listen to What the Man Said,” “And I Love Her,” “Lovely Rita,” “Band on the Run,” “Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da” ……. The list of songs that didn’t get played was also enormous. “Hard Days Night,” “Jet,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Help,” “Magical Mystery Tour” and on and on and on. “He could have played until dawn,” said one fan who also raved about the show. (see his FULL list of songs)
The fans sang along with nearly every word of all The Beatles numbers, in addition to belting out “Hey Jude” as we inched our way to the exits after the concert. The new songs he spotlighted from his latest CD (New) were catchy and enjoyable. The make-up of the crowd was mainly of the age that would have listened to The Beatles as kids, or been their parents. But all ages attended, including elementary to a college kid I know that is a bigger McCartney fan than his dad, who was also there.
40 songs over three hours on a beautiful night at a great stadium was a fabulous way to spend a Saturday night. THANKS to Rich Will, Townsquare Media sales guru and Twins fan, for the lead on tickets to McCartney!