Paul McCartney | Dodger Stadium

by Matt Goodwin

Courtesy of Paul McCartney

Courtesy of Paul McCartney

On Saturday evening Paul McCartney brought the curtain down on his Freshen Up tour at Dodger Stadium with a close to three hour, 38 song, set comprising of hit, after hit, after hit.

And surprises too, of which there never too many at a McCartney show, with his tried and tested methods having pleased millions of fans all over the world. 

So here, at the venue the played host to what was The Beatles penultimate show in 1966, McCartney was joined on stage by former band mate Ringo Starr who drummed through “Helter Skelter” and “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Band (Reprise).” 

Courtesy of Paul McCartney

Courtesy of Paul McCartney

There were peace signs aplenty, as one would imagine. 

Starr was the only special guest to join the stage though as Eagles’ guitarist Joe Walsh also made an appearance to duel guitars with McCartney on Abbey Road’s“The End.” McCartney admitting after the number that “We didn't have a clue what we were doing'. 

As for all that preceded this well, there was, and get ready...”Back In The USSR,” “Lady Madonna,” “Blackbird,” “Hey Jude,” and “Eleanor Rigby” from the McCartney Beatles catalogue, and “Live & Let Die,” “Maybe Im Amazed,” “Band On The Run,” “Let Me Roll It,” and “Let Em In” were the picks from Paul's time with Wings. 

Honorable mentions also include “Letting Go,” a Wings number that was brought to life by the on stage brass section and to “Dance Tonight' taken from the 2007 solo record “Memory Almost Full” for which Paul pulls out his mandolin.  

Courtesy of Paul McCartney

Courtesy of Paul McCartney

And as with all McCartney shows, the crowd are treated to a handful of tales from his past, with this audience finding his tale of Jimi Hendrix calling out for Eric Clapton (who hid) to help him tune his guitar at a packed show back during London's swinging sixties particularly amusing. How this relates to Paul is, Hendrix had just finished playing “Sgt Pepper's', which had only been released a couple of days prior, and in doing so managed to de-tune his guitar, and Paul was there to see. 

But the best thing about a McCartney show is how many generations of people leave with the broadest smile upon their face. Whether it's the first time they've seen him or the tenth, he never, ever, disappoints. Because what is better than watching a Beatle.