Paul Mccartney Wrigley Field: McCartney Rocks

Published: August 1, 2011

Paul Mccartney Wrigley Field: McCartney Rocks, Paul McCartney went to play music on a baseball field in Chicago. The White Sox tried desperately to stay in contention in the American League, while the Cubs have to play on the string in another losing season miserable.

Sunday night at Wrigley Field? No, that describes the situation perfectly, August 20, 1965, when Paul and the Beatles played their only baseball Chicago Stadium concert date at the old Comiskey Park on the South Side of Chicago. In fact, they played two shows today at 3:30 ET for 20 hours; here are some excerpts from the new rare black and white from this day.

Sunday night at Wrigley Field, the crowd was a little older, grayer and paunchier (this writer included) when the lights went up on stage that had the massive bulk of the field center and smashed the dashboard to reveal McCartney 69 years and a band that has supported for tours in recent years. The group, which includes Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards, guitar, percussion, harmonica, vocals), Rusty Anderson (guitar, vocals), Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums, vocals) and Brian Ray (guitar, bass, backing vocals) is not the Beatles … but during the Beatles’ tunes, close your eyes for a moment and you can almost feel transported to the Beatles concert in 1965 (minus the screams, of course).

McCartney, you can tell from the moment he begins his set, just loves playing music and engage with people who love music. It can be almost 70, but a reflection of youth has captivated teens screaming in the 1960s is still in his eyes and he can still hit the high notes in songs like “Maybe I’m amazed” and “Let It Be”. The best word to describe a performance by Paul is “fun.” He enjoys every moment, and makes the experience unforgettable. It was perhaps the best concerts Wrigley more recent years, featuring shows by the police and the Dave Matthews Band. Wrigley to host the start of many non-baseball events including the 2009 NHL Winter Classic and a college football game between Northwestern and Illinois last fall.

Paul “On The Run” tour is, at least so far, quite unique, playing only four baseball stadiums in the United States, none of which he had never played before: the new Yankee Stadium (where he joked, “Who is this guy Derek Jeter? I heard he has more hits than me.”), Comerica Park in Detroit, two performances at Wrigley Field (where it seems they were willing to play for many years), and Cincinnati Great American Ball Park, home of the Reds. He can not have that many years left turn, but it leaves Wrigley Sunday night, saying, “We’ll see you next time!” So if you have a chance to see this living legend live, please no. The show is high energy and rock for nearly three hours.

Set list:

Hello, Goodbye

Junior Farm

All My Loving

Jet

Drive My Car

Sing Changes

The Night Before

Let Me Roll It

Paperback Writer

The long and winding road

Ten-nine hundred eighty-five

Let ‘Em In

Maybe I’m amazed

I’ve just seen a face

I Will

Blackbird

Here Today

Dance Tonight

Mrs. Vanderbilt

Eleanor Rigby

Something

Band on the Run

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Back in the USSR

I Got A Feeling

A Day In The Life / Give Peace a Chance

Let It Be

Live and Let Die

Hey Jude

Still # 1

Lady Madonna

Day Tripper

Get Back

Still # 2

Yesterday

Helter Skelter

Golden Slumbers

Carry that weight

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