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Fan Report from Yankee Stadium 1st night - Sound Check, Show & SlideShows

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  • By: Mike Kovacich
  • Thanks to Bob Gannon
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Mike Kovacich

Friend and Macca fan, Bob Gannon is again reporting for us and here is his first report from the sound check of the 1st night at Yankee Stadium. More to come. . .


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courtesy of Bob Gannon
Photos from the sound check @ Yankee Stadium 1st night

Sound Check report by Bob Gannon:

Hi Gang,
This was one of the larger sound checks that I have been to. Probably in the area of 150 people. The sound check started 25 minutes late as Paul was stuck in traffic. During the sound check, the heat was blistering, luckily by show time, the temperature had gone down to a manageable 80 degrees or so. Paul mentioned how great it was to be playing Yankee Stadium. There was very little interaction as it seemed that they were trying to make up for the lost time. I saw somebody had reported that Get Back was played....not true nor was I saw her standing there. Don't know where that one came from. Here's the set list:
01. Matchbox
02. Honey Don't
03. Blue Suede Shoes
04. C Moon
05. Don't Let the Sun Catch you Crying
06. Celebration
07. Coming Up
08. Ebony and Ivory
09. All my loving
10. Only mama knows
11. Magical Mystery Tour
12. Midnight Special
13. Sun is Shining
14. Patrushka
15. Dance Tonight
16. Leaning on a Lamp Post
17. Yesterday
18. Lady Madonna
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courtesy of Bob Gannon
Photos from the concert @ Yankee Stadium 1st night

The Concert report by Bob Gannon:

Well, this was a strange one. Paul and band turned in a fine performance but the audience and security left all scratching their heads. After a scorching sound check left most exhausted, the temperature cooled down prior to the start of the show creating the perfect conditions for the show. Prior to Paul coming on stage, the security on the floor began to order people not only to get to their seat but sit down in it as well. Now I know that part of this was to clear the aisle as people started to clog up the aisles celebrity watching. Just to my right was Chevy Chase, Alex Baldwin, Nancy Shevall and James McCartney as well as Mayor Bloomberg. But they went well beyond that actively telling people at their seats to sit down. Both sides were told the same thing causing a great deal of confusion amongst the audience whether to stand or sit. Paul came out in a light blue jacket, black pants and beatle boots. I would say that at least half the audience remained seated for the duration of the show. I think between the earlier heat and the reaction from the crowd may also have confused Paul as well.
Although Paul's voice was great for the show, he made numerous subtle lyric mistakes. I think that the heat of sound check and everybody sitting may have confused him as well. Paul talked about how great it was playing Yankee Stadium. At one point he asked the crowd "Who is this Derek Jeter guy? I've heard he has more hits than me!!!! It should be interesting to see how tonight pans out with security. Of course for those who haven't heard, Junior's Farm still in the show and he broke out The Night Before which sounded awesome. A little of juggling of the setlist and it will be interesting to see what is taken out and what is put back in for the back to back shows. It should give a pre-shadow of the Montreal and Chicago shows. Paul was very interactive with the crowd despite the weirdness of it all. I don't think I can ever remember sitting on the floor and looking to my left and to my right and seeing so many people sitting down. That in it's self kind of was a downer for me but I can wait for to come soon to the news sites!

Concert Setlist:

  1. Hello, Goodbye
  2. Junior's Farm
  3. All My Loving
  4. Jet
  5. Drive My Car
  6. Sing the Changes
  7. The Night Before
  8. Let Me Roll It
  9. Paperback Writer
  10. The Long and Winding Road
  11. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
  12. Let 'Em In
  13. Maybe I'm Amazed
  14. I've Just Seen a Face
  15. I Will
  16. Blackbird
  17. Here Today
  18. Dance Tonight
  19. Mrs Vandebilt
  20. Eleanor Rigby
  21. Something
  22. Band on the Run
  23. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  24. Back in the U.S.S.R.
  25. I've Got a Feeling
  26. A Day in the Life / Give Peace A Chance
  27. Let It Be
  28. Live and Let Die
  29. Hey Jude

  30. Encore:
  31. Lady Madonna
  32. Day Tripper
  33. Get Back

  34. Encore 2:
  35. Yesterday
  36. Helter Skelter
  37. Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End


Last Updated: 07/19/11 12:20

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by Sandy Hetherington : July 16, 2011 1:11 PM EDT (Guest)  click to register
My take on the concert was totally the opposite. This was my sixth McCartney show and I thought it rocked. I don`t know where you were sitting, but I can tell you I was on the floor and everyone around me was standing and having a great time!!!Write a comment. . . .
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by Mike : Ontario, Canada July 16, 2011 12:02 PM EDT (FUNsite member)
Nice sound check report & photos Bob
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Friend and Macca fan, Bob Gannon is again report for us and here is his first report from the sound check of the 1st night at Yankee Stadium.