Monday, August 17, 2009

Concert Review: McCartney "Gives Peace a Chance"

The Green Concert will go down in Atlanta's history as a concert to be remembered. At sixty something, Paul McCartney still has it and the show is big. The stage is big and the crowd was big. I don't know the official attendance for Piedmont park but I have to estimate close to 50,000 fans. The scene was incredible. McCartney insisted "It's my show so I can do what I want!" He took in the scene of the crowd and appeared truly amazed at the size of the crowd and the age of the audience from young to old.

The music is still as good as ever from the new classics "Highway" and "Dance Tonight" to the older Wings tunes and Beatles songs of the sixties, the sound crisp, clear and rockin good. The band members behind McCartney are truly master musicians and should get more credit and opportunity in the act. He paid tribute to both John Lennon and George Harrison during the event. The date marked the 40th anniversary of Woodstock and the 44th anniversary of the Beatles appearance at Shea. Other than a few reflections on the era, there were no political commentaries, protests or statements that might have been there in the 60s.

The concert climaxed with Fireworks during "Live and Let Die". Three favorites for me were "Day Tripper", "Paperback Writer" and "Helter Skelter" all three hits that framed the Beatles for me in the 60's.

The only negative for the night was the rain. A 20 minute shower reminded us of the hazards of outdoor open event concerts. Here is the rest of the set list.

Paul McCartney Set List , Piedmont Park, August 15th , Atlanta

1. Drive My Car
2. Jet
3. Only Mama Knows
4. Flaming Pie
5. Got To Get You Into My Life
6. Let Me Roll It / Foxy Lady
7. Highway
8. The Long and Winding Road
9. My Love
10. Blackbird
11. Here Today
12. Dance Tonight
13. Calico Skies
14. Mrs Vanderbilt
15. Eleanor Rigby
16. Sing the Changes
17. Band on the Run
18. Back in the U.S.S.R.
19. I'm Down
20. Something
21. I've Got a Feeling
22. Paperback Writer
23. A Day in the Life / Give Peace A Chance
24. Let It Be
25. Live and Let Die
26. Hey Jude

Encore:

27. Day Tripper
28. Lady Madonna
29. I Saw Her Standing There

Second Encore:

30. Yesterday
31. Helter Skelter
32. Get Back
33. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
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