The guy is trying to move forward. Playing Beatles tunes only is almost akin to being a sad nostalgia act. I don't mind Paul playing Beatles songs if he knows in his heart that HE wants to play them and the band can really get behind them and tear them up, for the sake of good musicianship. I don't like the idea of doing it to please the crowd and become a human jukebox. The majority of the people at these forums have voiced their disappointments regarding what they would like to hear in the setlists. Why won't he play No More Lonely Nights? Why not more Wings stuff? And why not focus the show mainly on C&C? Turn it into a Pink Floyd "The Wall" kind of situation...songs like How Kind of You etc have that Pink Floyd epic quality where the guitars could chime in for ages, developing a wall of sound and ambience. The gig itself would have a totally different experience to it - rather than just a Beatle hitfest, it would be more of a sonic experience - but I think one that would be more rewarding to a concert-goer in the long run.
Just some random thoughts, I know I have a different take to those that just want to hear oldie hits. I read on here someone said regarding 'She Is So Beautiful' - "oh I can understand why it wasn't on the album" - but in a concert situation I think it would be hypnotic - same goes with Growing Up Falling Down. The Beatlemaniacs would turn their nose up at it, but I'd like to see a more 'progressive' set list where every song shows Paul taking a chance, daring the audience to open their minds and embark on an unfamiliar journey
Gforce replys: I sympathize with you but your arguments ( as well as many other set list complainers) are very old. infact they go back to the 1989/90 World tour. Do you think McCartney could have filled up outdoor stadiums without adding many Beatle tracks? I don't. How is it that playing Beatles tracks is akin to a sad nostalgia act and playing Wings is not? They are both pretty old groups at this point are they not? While I agree with you that Wings fans (myself included)get shafted with this set list ( 24 Beatles, 8 solo Macca, and only 4 Wings tracks, all of which make every tour list) you have to keep in mind why this is so. The number 1 reason is MONEY $$$$$$$$$$$. Macca loves to make it and he loves to set arena records, he has said so himself. You can't fill up 20,000 seat areans across the country in 10 minutes flat at $250 a seat without playing at least 20 Beatle tracks. It just isn't going to happen. Some of the Beatle track are "new" to him. If he did Wings and solo only he would have to play much smaller venues or charge a lot less for a ticket. The reason so many on these forums are unhappy with the set list is because most are SUPER Macca or Wings fans. You have to realize that you, me and most of the people posting here are unfortunatly in the minority. The popularity and or the nostalgia of the Beatles is a phenomina like no other, and it will always top Wings or solo Macca by a huge margin. I too wish there were more Wings and Solo tracks but I realize we SUPER fans are victims of economics. Am I happy that this guy is still playing and singing at 63, and sounding awesome? Am I also a big Beatles fan? Am I going to see him at MSG Oct 1 6th row for my 5th Macca expierence? Am I excited in a big way about this set list? The answer is a resounding YEAH BABY!!!!! I'm taking whatever Macca gives us, at any price, ( and I realize I am fortunate enough to be able to afford it, and very sympathetic towards those who can not.) because sadly he won't be able to do it some day soon. Maybe when he is 83 he will play theaters, and us Wings/solo fans will get our wish.
I looked up the breakdown from the 1989/90 tour In support of FITD
-Beatles tracks 17
-Wings tracks 3
-solo tracks 8 - including 6 from the "new" album FITD