Interestingly, Paul comes to Kansas Cit at 17 year intervals (76, 93, 10).
First up-- he did not, surprisingly do Kansas City. He teased the audience a bit with "everything's up to date in Kansas City" from Oklahoma... we were all sure it'd be in the encores. Also, no Got To Get You Into My Life (no loss), I'm Looking Through You or Two of Us- the last two are disappointing to miss.
What an amazing show. I saw Paul in 2002 in Dallas, and the band is so much tighter than it was then its amazing. Basically, they rock harder than they did in 2002 across the board. Second, Paul's voice was in better form than I have heard it since Glastonbury (of course, I've only seen video). Even on Letterman I felt Paul's vocie wasn't all there- but here it was impressive throughout the night- it cracked almost never, and he seemed to have some pretty impressive command that I haven't heard him have in a long time. He even hit a couple well-practiced high notes. Just impressive.
Now... song for song...
Pre-show: Had a scrolling collage on the vid monitor that looked a little amateurish. Played mix of cover versions (a jazz cover of Monkberry), Twin Freaks/Fireman/classical, etc. Immediately prior really turned it up for Goodnight Tonight and Temporary Secretary.
Venus and Mars/Rock Show (part)/
Damn this was good- you could tell from the beginning that Paul's voice was all there- I watched some V&M from '76 when I got home, and Paul's voice is equal to his voice then for this song. Wow. Rock Show was nice, Jet just blew me away. I hope they taped this for a live DVD- because this was the best Jet I'd heard in a long while.
All My Loving
This was nice. Wix plays guitar too on this one.
A highlight- absolutely rocked the house- Again, Paul's voice was spot-on, sounded like 30 years ago. The band on here really rocked. An observation about Wix- on tape and CD, his horn samples don't sound right- they are great live in the house and you don't miss the live horns.
Drive My Car
Would have preferred Two of Us/Looking Through You. Oh well. This was a nice version.
Memo to people who get up to go to the bathroom: you are missing out. This one rocked, especially at the end. I think Paul should play something really obscure (like This Loving Game) and STOP IT halfway through when everyone is in the bathroom- then play something really freakin' awesome. The end of Highway just rocked- its really a different song live (same with Sing the Changes).
Let Me Roll It/Foxy Lady
Can't miss with this one- Paul plays some great guitar- again, spot on vocals- I have never heard Paul hit so many in a row. Paul told Jimmy Hendrix playing Pepper two days after release after this.
Long and Winding Road
Nice version, I like the arrangement they're using.
This and Let 'em In are highlights of the evening. Just wow. I never thought I'd see Paul play this live- it has long topped my wishlist, and here it is. My friend, who purposely refused to read set-list reviews so he'd be surprised, was quite impressed this came up.
Let 'em In
What a great performance. Anyone notice Paul repeats "Auntie Jin" instead of saying "Uncle Inn"? during this tour?
Dedicated to Linda. Beautiful. He hit a couple tough notes on this one.
Told civil rights story - said we've come a long way after.
Dedicated to John/big hand for John.
Said we need to lighten the mood- nice version of this one tonight- the only newer song people didn't leave for-- makes me think this one is become a staple/classic of his sets.
Russian dance finish-- told how Ukrainians love this.
Nice version- again, Wix keyboards sounded OK, better than they do on CD.
Ukelele to band version. Pics of George while playing. Nice. George got what seemed like a bigger hand than John.
Sing the Changes
Weird psychadelic Obama graphic (I would only know its Obama because I had seen the picture-- here they just barely showed a light-show profile-- not sure if this is standard or if because Obama is not as popular in midwest- nobody booed.)
This is another song that has really been worked into something special as a live song.
Band on the Run
Ob La Di Ob La Da
Probably the biggest audience reaction of the night of any song played- those opening chords got people on their feet.
Back in the USSR
I've Got a Feeling
Nice extended jam at the end -- hadn't heard this before.
Paul introduces original Epiphone, funny joke about switching guitars all the time just to show off.
A Day in the Life/Give Peace a Chance
Medley with Give Peace a Chance - fun to see the 55 year old bankers singing along.
Let It Be
Nice version- Rusty really nails that solo.
Live and Let Die
Nice pyro- song ends with Pyro as well.
Asked ladies and men to sing seperately then together.
Encore: Day Tripper, Lady Madonna, Get Back
This is where we thought we'd hear Kansas City. Oh well.
Encore 2: Yesterday, Helter Skelter, Sgt Pepper (reprise), The End
Good version of Yesterday. Helter Skelter just tore the house up-- I actually think it shocked a few people who were more there to sing along to Yesterday and Drive My Car-- nice.
Overall, I am just impressed with Paul's voice- I had worried that he didn't have much in him- but it was just amazing. He actually seemed healthier/more together musically and physically than he did in 2002 (gee, wonder why).