Paul McCartney - The US Tour 2005

17.09.2005, Tampa, FL; "St Pete Times Forum"




Magical Mystery Tour (back from 1993)

Too Many People (new addition!!!)
Flaming Pie
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (new addition!)
Good Day Sunshine (back from 1993)
I'll Get You (new)
Band on the Run
Drive My Car
Penny Lane
Till There Was You (new)
I've Got A Feeling
Let Me Roll It; Coda: Foxy Lady
Back in the USSR
Got to Get You In My Life
Hey Jude
Fine Line (new song)
Live and Let Die
Maybe I'm Amazed
Long and Winding Road
Encore 1:
In Spite of All The Danger
I Will (new addition)
Get Back
Jenny Wren (new song)
Helter Skelter
Encore 2:
For No One

Please Please Me (new addition)

Fixing A Hole (back from 1993)
Let it Be

English Tea (band comes back) (new song)

Sgt. Pepper´s Reprise

Yellow Submarine (short version)


I'll Follow The Sun (with reprise)


Follow Me (new song)

Bach's 'Bouree' (from the LUTE SUITE NO. 1 in E minor)
which he uses to describe the guitar chords on Blackbird....
Eleanor Rigby

Despite Stage Mishaps, McCartney Delivers
Published: Sep 17, 2005
TAMPA - Paul McCartney, 63 and impossibly chipper, took a tumble Saturday night before a sold-out crowd of 18,095 at the St. Pete Times Forum.

A section of the stage floor retracted in order for McCartney's grand piano to rise from below. McCartney stepped back a bit too soon and found himself sprawled a few feet beneath the stage. But Paul survived his fall, high spirits intact.

(If McCartney missed an opportunity all night it was here -- he could have moved up "Fixing a Hole" from its slot later in the set.)

The thing about a show this precise and so guaranteed to please is the little gaffes make it even more memorable.

Like McCartney flubbing a chord change in "I Will" -- "It's a long time since I wrote this," he protested with mock defensiveness.

Needless to say, most of the show was spot-on.

Newer tunes such as "Flaming Pie" and "Fine Line" seemed to benefit from the exalted company of such cherished gems as "Jet" and "Maybe I'm Amazed."

Perhaps the most pleasing element of the show was the less-often-heard treasures from the Beatles catalog.

Opening with "Magical Mystery Tour," McCartney dusted off such back-catalog glories as "I'll Get You," "For No One," "I'll Follow the Sun" and "I've Got a Feeling."

He even broke out "Till There Was You" (from 1963's "With the Beatles," originally from "The King and I") and "In Spite of All the Danger," his, John Lennon and George Harrison's first recording, unheard until "Anthology 1" was released in 1995.

Of course, the word "obscurity" hardly applies to anything McCartney played Saturday night, the second date of his "Us" tour.

"Let Me Roll It" may never have topped the charts, but the rocker had plenty of the crowd singing along.

McCartney's band was excellent. Keyboardist Paul "Wix" Wickens added familiar horn and string parts on synthesizer while Abe Laboriel Jr. provided thunderous drumming and stick-twirling showmanship.

Paul is live and still letting it be
McCartney embraces his classics in an intimate show that had few missteps.
Jim Abbott | Sentinel Pop Music Critic
Posted September 20, 2005
TAMPA -- Not only is Paul McCartney a Super Bowl-friendly rock icon, he also turns out to be a pretty tough guy.

The still-cute ex-Beatle took a scary tumble early in his concert Saturday at the St. Pete Times Forum, then brushed himself off, cracked a couple of Beatle-esque one-liners and played another two hours or so.

McCartney, 63, was responding to applause from a packed house after "Got to Get You Into My Life" when he stepped backward into an opening in the floor where his grand piano was rising from beneath the stage. A crew member helped him out.

"There's a big hole in the stage, and I just fell into it," explained McCartney, joking that "we've been expecting this to happen." A few minutes later, he milked it for more laughs, telling the crew: "I want a big fence around here tomorrow!"

Despite that one literal misstep, and a brief memory lapse on the lyrics to the White Album's "I Will,'' McCartney's performance was brilliant. If anything, the bumps added to the sense of intimacy the singer conveyed all night.

Compared with his mammoth stadium concerts, the arena better showcased McCartney's showmanship and musical skills, which are still solid after so many years. He moved from bass to electric and acoustic guitars to piano and covered his vast repertoire of classics in a voice invulnerable to aging.

He dipped back to an old Quarrymen song and explained how Bach influenced the guitar part on "Blackbird." He went from Beatlemania to Wings and beyond with easy charm.

With high-end ticket prices at more than $250, one would expect as much -- if not a Ringo reunion. A cynic would say that this nostalgia is overpriced, but none of them showed up.

McCartney was accompanied by the four-piece band that has become a tour fixture: Keyboardist Paul "Wix" Wickens, guitarists Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, and drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. The instrumentation was lean but expanded enough to reproduce the Beatles' signature studio hits.

Wickens used his keyboards to produce the familiar strings on "Eleanor Rigby," the jazzy horns on "Good Day Sunshine" and the Baroque trumpet solo on "Penny Lane." McCartney knows enough to go heavy on the hits, offering only a relative handful of songs from his new Chaos and Creation in the Backyard.

That left plenty of time for "Drive My Car,'' "Hey Jude," "Maybe I'm Amazed," "Back in the U.S.S.R.," "The Long and Winding Road," "Please, Please Me,'' "Band on the Run" (it's hard to believe now that some people hated Wings so much) and other gems.

McCartney delivered them faithfully, sticking to the original arrangements and resisting the temptation to reinvent. A candlelit "Let It Be" in the second encore was lovely and powerful.

At the same time, he offered enough surprises to avoid becoming a human jukebox: An acoustic version of "I'll Follow the Sun" segued seamlessly into the new "Follow Me,'' showing that the guy hasn't forgotten how to write sweet ballads. It also was nice to hear him go beyond the obvious hits for "I've Got a Feeling," "For No One" and "Fixing a Hole."

The music was embellished by beautiful lighting and effects that ranged from videos and kaleidoscopic graphics on the giant screen behind the band to moving banks of spotlights that hovered above like alien spaceships. "Live and Let Die" was bolstered by pyrotechnics and indoor fireworks that exploded when the band dropped the hammer on the chorus.

And, in the end, there was McCartney singing that "the love you take is equal to the love you make.'' On Saturday, he made that equation work again.,0,5116645.story?coll=orl-caltop&track=rss

Sir Paul Takes Crowd on Wild Ride
McCartney serves up loads of old hits on a journey through his career.
By Bill Dean
Published Sunday, September 18, 2005
TAMPA -- The last time there were tickets to ride for a Paul McCartney show in Tampa, the music industry was all abuzz with the notion that it could be the last time Sir Paul drove his concert car on a major U.S. Tour.

As if to prove the naysayers wrong, McCartney started that tour with the never-performed Beatles classic "Hello Goodbye," with its pertinent line, "I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello."

For Saturday night's return ride at the sold-out St. Pete Times Forum, the former Beatle was less concerned with putting rumors to rest than in reveling in what has been one of pop music's most storied rides since the rock era dawned all those years ago.

Since 1989, McCartney's solo jaunts have always included Beatles hits, along with some key solo and Wings songs thrown in for good measure. But Saturday -- the second date of his current "Us" tour (as in "it's about all of us"), the multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter opted for a comprehensive but folksy tour of his career, which started well before The Beatles blitzed through Shea Stadium and blew away a nation on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

And he did a startling amount all by himself -- alternating between brief "mini sets" on solo acoustic guitar and solo piano. The remainder included McCartney alternating between bass and guitar with his fourpiece backing band.

After an engaging opening set that started with The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" and included "Drive My Car" and "Got To Get You Into My Life" along with Wings' "Jet" and "Let Me Roll It" among others, McCartney showed exactly what kind of a long and winding road he's navigated since the 1950s.

For openers, he rolled out a 1958 song from the pre-Beatles group he shared with John Lennon and George Harrison (The Quarrymen's "In Spite of All The Danger") and followed that with the rarely, if ever, played "I Will" from "The Beatles" (popularly called "The White Album").

That acoustic set followed all-solo piano versions of "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "Long and Winding Road" and was succeeded by another piano set that included "Fixing A Hole" (from "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band") as well as the new "English Tea."

Hearing new material from such a storied, classic artist is a little like taking your medicine before dinnertime. We all know we have to take it and digest it like good little patients. We just don't want it to take too long or somehow take away from the main course -- and dessert, especially.

But the songs from McCartney's new album, "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard," which also included the acoustic "Jenny Wren," showed he's still capable of turning out an engaging tune when he wants to.

That said, the singer and multi-instrumentalist -- who seemed almost impossibly young and chipper for a man in his 60s -- spent a good amount of time dishing up dessert, from the acoustic "Blackbird" and an expressive piano version of "Eleanor Rigby" to full-tilt rocking versions of "Back in the U.S.S.R.," "Get Back" and even "Helter Skelter," also from the so-called "White Album."

Top that with the requisite "Hey Jude," "Yesterday," and "Let It Be," and the concert-closing title track from "Sgt. Pepper's" -- capped with "The End" from "Abbey Road" -- and it's hard to imagine anyone going away unsatisfied.

The crowd of 18,095 loved it all.

And why not? Saturday night, McCartney told stories, sang tunes and rolled out the kind of songs that one hopes will prompt him never again to sing "Hello Goodbye" in the context he did in 2002.