Paul McCartney - The US Tour 2005
22.10.2005, Columbus, OH; "Schottenstein Center"
Ex-Beatle can´t miss with this songbook
by Curtis Schieber
Three songs into his nearly three-hour concert Saturday night in the Value City Arena, Paul McCartney looked
out into the packed hall and said, "I?m just going to take a little moment now to drink this all in."
may just have been a bit of showbiz patter, but it expressed the amazement
McCartney must share with his
show was most impressive because McCartney, the picture of health
and contentment, was able to
of the songs were recorded by the Beatles in a period of less than
10 years. Listening to them on a
pre-Beatles selection ? the Quarrymen?s first recording, In Spite
of all the Danger ? was a buoyant acoustic
were the Mount Olympuses of pop culture, tunes such as Yesterday,
which many fans may have never
those was a wealth of songs as familiar and only slightly less significant,
including Please Please Me,
reminded the audience that he has acquitted himself well since the
Beatles split, nearly three dozen
Though the Wings tune Jet sounded goofier than ever, Band on the Run was a downright romp.
a rare oversight, McCartney gave short shrift to recent material,
much of it sterling. That was clear with
pace was varied, ranging from the singer?s solo spots on acoustic
guitar and piano to full-out productions
band was key in the night?s success. Guitarists Rusty Anderson and
Brian Ray, keyboardist
avoided aping the original solos but cautiously stuck close by, a
tack that made sense in tunes
Laboriel was a groove monster, even though he had to hold back for much of the material.
unnecessary 15-minute set by a DJ preceded the concert, making the
10-minute video about McCartney?s
The beginning was quickly forgotten, though, as McCartney relied on his good intuition and marvelous songs.