REVIEW: Paul McCartney @ Echo Arena 20/12/11

Liverpool welcomed back its most famous son last night as Sir Paul McCartney closed out his World tour with a sell out performance at the Echo Arena. There was fire, snow, pyrotechnics, a youth choir, a full scottish pipe band oh… and the small matter of three hours worth of some of the best pop music ever written. Rich Denton joined those lucky enough to get a ticket for the show of the year.

Macca rolled back the years with a three hour set of musical wonderment, jam packed with songs from across his vast repertoire. Opening the final show of the 19 date World tour with ‘Hello Goodbye’ and ‘Junior’s Farm’, Sir Paul got the party started and brought the crowd to their feet straight from the off.

Switching between piano and a multitude of guitars Paul and his band played over thirty classic Beatles and Wings songs along with some of McCartney’s more recent solo work. In between, Paul took time to reminisce of his days growing up in Speke, his friendship with George and his love of the city.’Penny Lane’ was added into the set especially for the night’s performance.

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The party atmosphere was enhanced by the many fans who had made a special pilgrimage from across the globe to see the legend perform in his hometown. There were cheers for John and George and panto style boos for the Royal Family and Cilla Black, thank goodness he never mentioned Ringo.

The highlights were too plentiful to mention. There was of course the fireworks and flame accompaniment to the Bond theme ‘Live and Let Die’ that never fails to impress. The haunting ‘Eleanor Rigby’ and the simplicity of ‘Dance Tonight’ getting every foot stomping in the arena. Festive cheer came in the way of ‘Wonderful Christmastime’ with falling snow, backed with LIPA’s 4-19 choir and a rendition of Wings’ Christmas number one ‘Mull of Kintyre’ complete with Scottish pipe band.

After three hours and two encores it was time to go home. If the crowd had their way we would have been dancing ’till dawn.

Set List
Hello, Goodbye
Junior’s Farm
All My Loving
Jet
Drive My Car
Sing the Changes
The Night Before
Let Me Roll It
Foxy Lady
Paperback Writer
The Long and Winding Road
Come and Get It
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
Maybe I’m Amazed
I’ve Just Seen a Face
I Will
Blackbird
Here Today
Dance Tonight
Mrs. Vandebilt
Eleanor Rigby
Ram On
Something
Penny Lane
Band on the Run
Ob La Di Ob La Da
Back In The USSR
I’ve Got A Feeling
A Day in the Life
Give Peace a Chance
Let It Be
Live and Let Die
Hey Jude

Encore:
The Word/All You Need Is Love
Wonderful Christmastime
Day Tripper
Get Back

Encore 2:
Yesterday
Mull of Kintyre
Helter Skelter
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
The End

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