Former Beatles bandmate, Ringo Starr, joined him onstage for a few songs near the end of his concert – held just six days after Starr’s 79th birthday.
Playing a selection of your catalogue while a montage of classic photos scrolls by works as well as any opening act, and the crowd won’t care if they hear any of these songs twice anyway. Such is the man’s musical legacy.
Starr played drums on two Beatles tunes – “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “Helter Skelter” – according to Variety. He later tossed his drumsticks into the crowd and jokingly acted as if he planned to throw McCartney’s bass guitar into the crowd too,
Ringo Starr walked out on stage and I absolutely lost my mind pic.twitter.com/nP4Qq0WkRu
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Yup. So this happened. Sir Paul and Ringo. Dodger stadium magic. pic.twitter.com/xtahBjdxv0
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Later, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh – who happens to be Starr’s brother-in-law – also took the stage, with the trio playing Beatles songs “The End,” part of the “Abbey Road” medley. (Starr is married to actress and model Barbara Bach, while Walsh is married to Bach’s sister, Marjorie Bach.)
He has also done some really great rearrangements of tunes such as the Wings hit Letting Go, the first time it would benefit from a brass section trio of trumpets, sax and trombone. When the horns players appeared off stage at the entrance to aisle 214, it was the one bit of arena show in what was otherwise a straight ahead band-on-the-clock performance.
He wore an understated blue jacket that he nonchalantly peeled off after a few songs, eliciting shouts of appreciation from those in the crowd who remember him as the most cuddly of the Fab Four. McCartney is the rare septuagenarian musical genius who can still wear pink button-down shirts and black jeans well.
On his feet were a type of ankle-cut, moderately high-heeled footwear similar to a style that was once internationally known as, well, Beatle boots.
The Rupp crowd took Sir Paul’s bait and illuminated the tune after the rock icon’s none-too-subtle hint.
The moment was one of many highlights in an evening that was, from beginning to end, a marvel. But it proved especially insightful in explaining what made the performance so special.
It underscored how the concert, for all its unavoidably nostalgic lure, didn’t stay buried in the past. Oh sure, the better part of the program – a stunning setlist of 37 songs delivered in a 2 ¾ hour performance with no intermission – went heavy on Beatles favorites as well as popular relics from McCartney’s ’70s albums with Wings. But there were also surprises. Lots of them.(kentuky.com)
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr live from Dodger Stadium! pic.twitter.com/Wji2Zrk4Ku
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As for McCartney directly, he remains something of a wonder onstage. Two weeks shy of his 77th birthday, he looked fit, sang with surprisingly unblemished gusto (yes, a few cracks of age appeared, but nothing more than what most rock singers half his age reveal in performance) and flowed with the program’s length and drive as it were a casual stroll. A testament to his stamina was the encore segment, which had him ripping through a reserved but still immediate version of “Helter Skelter,” one of the Beatles’ most savagely electric works, after navigating a full 2 ½ hour set. McCartney didn’t look even remotely winded afterward either.
The new Freshen Up tour launched in September in Canada winning incredible reviews. In October the tour headed to the US for Paul’s headline performance at the 17th annual ‘Austin City Limits’ festival. Earlier this month Paul completed the Japanese leg of the tour.