Paul McCartney takes to the Adelaide Entertainment Center stage for his I returned tour to the ovations of the eager audience.
Opening with Can’t Buy Me Lovewhich has a soft choir sound in its choruses, the curiosity about how much The Beatles there will be hits starting to settle. The general body language of the audience matches the levels of excitement and shows a willingness to trust what McCartney plans to offer.
Dressed in a black suit with a waistcoat, the Beatles star sported the same reliable hairstyle he’s had for the past few decades – he certainly looks younger than his 81 years.
There are three guitarists, including McCartney, and therefore the sonorous guitar presence Junior’s farm undoubtedly appeases the rock ‘n’ roll lovers in the audience. in I leave it the horn trio – trumpet, sax, trombone – pops out of the crowd, effectively illuminating the powerful fusion of guitars and horns.
George Harrison‘c something begins simply with a ukulele given to McCartney by Harrison. This part is upbeat and new, but there’s a deep sense of satisfaction when the more familiar electric guitar arrangement kicks in.
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The nostalgic vibes are amped up considerably when the band kicks off I need you in my life. Soon after, McCartney takes off his jacket, switches guitars and rolls up his sleeves for the rough Let Me Roll It. The keyboard solo adds colorful depth, making this song a setlist highlight.
There is an add-on Jimi Hendrix respect McCartney proudly shares that pepper sergeant the album was released on Friday; Hendrix then learned the title song in two days and opened his show with it on Sunday. The banter and stories cleverly round out the set list; McCartney is short, comical and candid.
Moving on to the piano, the musical pulse of Let them in echo and this is followed by my valentine which McCartney wrote for his wife Nancy.
The band visibly feeds off the energy of the audience, especially the passionate drummer who dramatically entertains with his choreography during Dance tonight.
During blackbird, silence passes over the arena. There are lots of noticeable hugs in the crowd – a bonding way to enjoy the poignancy of this song and realize the privilege of hearing it live.
McCartney is grateful and sincere when responding to one of the louder cheers from the audience. He acknowledges the hand-made signs and jokes that it’s their fault if he ever forgets the lyrics.
Vocally, McCartney is consistent, controlled and carried superbly by the band. come back let it be powered by pyrotechnics live and let die and the phenomenal Hey Jude (where the house lights come up to highlight the audience’s impressive sing-a-long efforts) lead us into the encore. We now realize that it really is Paul McCartney, in all his glory, on that stage.
When McCartney returns, the Australian flag flies on stage. Visuals from John Lennon graces the screen and its audio is inserted for I have a feeling. It’s a powerful virtual duet that powerfully helps the crowd imagine its presence.
“When we play a Beatles song, your phones light up and it’s like a galaxy of stars,” McCartney tells us, “and when we play a new song, it’s like a black hole – but we’re going to play them anyway! ” Whether the group breaks out in Ob-La-Dee or The Quarrymen‘c Despite all the danger, McCartney gives it his all and seems equally passionate about the classics and newer works.
McCartney exceeded expectations in his more than two-hour concert featuring 39 songs. The set list is diverse, with different musical tastes and downright meaningful. The Skelter Heroes and Golden nap leading up to the finale where the lightning strikes in full force and the lyrics “You’re gonna carry that weight a long time” transport the crowd happily into the Adelaide evening air.