Sir Paul McCartney dropped by Minneapolis on Saturday for a stop on his Out There tour, and everyone within Target Field that night witnessed what could be considered a concert that may very well have been pulled straight from a fan's wildest dream. The weather was perfect, free of humidity or rain, and the ever-present Minneapolis skyline provided a serene backdrop for the legendary performance taking place.
The Liverpudlian performed a monster three-hour set, which included two encores, as energetically as ever, hopping between his signature bass guitar, a piano, acoustic and electric guitars, and a ukulele. The setlist contained a multitude of Beatles classics, including Paperback Writer, We Can Work It Out, Lady Madonna, Blackbird, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, and Let It Be, as well as several numbers from Wings and McCartney's solo career, such as Listen To What The Man Said, Band On The Run, Maybe I'm Amazed, and Live and Let Die. Sir Paul even played a few songs off of his most recent release, New, including Save Us, New, and Queenie Eye.
McCartney ended his first set with an epic performance of Hey Jude, extending the famous ending and inviting the audience to sing along as thousands of lighters and cell phones waved through the stadium air. After coming out for two more encores, which included Get Back, Helter Skelter, and Yesterday, McCartney ended the show with the climactic Abbey Road Medley, complete with the signature drum solo and guitar solo trade-offs during The End. McCartney even told a few stories, recalling memories he had with John Lennon, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton.
The performance was a clear indication, to say the very least, that even at 72, Sir Paul McCartney is still rocking just as hard as ever, and is far from finished when it comes to making music for his ever-growing fan base.
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