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Paul's hits keep coming

NY Post: Charles Wenzelberg
Paul McCartney is a winner at Yankee Stadium last night.

The 2½-hour, 35-song set featured five decades worth of hits without a dud in the batch.

Strapped into his signature Hofner bass, wearing a smartly cut baby blue jacket -- sorry, no pinstripes for Macca -- he looked as trim and intense as a rookie shortstop.

After opening with a Beatles song "Hello Goodbye" and a Wings favorite "Junior's Farm," wide-eye McCartney told the house he just wanted to "take a second and drink it all in."

A little later, he joked, "Who's this Derek Jeter? Somebody said he has more hits than me?"

McCartney was charming and funny at this high-energy affair.

The sound was astoundingly clear for a bowl show and Paul was in excellent voice, easily reaching the falsetto notes that have made girls scream since the '60s. McCartney, whose motto should be work hard, moved and sounded like he was just 17, again.

Because he controls the top and the bottom of the music when he sings and thumps his bass guitar, that combination was often the most potent in this performance. Paul-on-bass songs such as "All My Loving," "Drive My Car" and "Obla Di, Obla Da" rocked the house with that rare balance of nostalgia and relevance.

For "Blackbird," a concert highlight, Paul went solo, accompanying himself on an acoustic six-string. The melody remains one of the prettiest in pop and the lyrics -- breezy, natural and optimistic -- were made more powerful when McCartney reminded the fans how the tune was inspired by the American Civil Rights movement.

Another of those special moments at this show was when Paul remembered his late mate John Lennon in the song "If You Were Here Today." He shouted "Let's hear it for John!" and the New York crowd roared.

While Wings songs such as "Live and Let Die" (performed with a giant display of stage fireworks), "Jet," and "Band On the Run" churned the fans into a jiggle, it was the Beatles songs that oiled the crowd's dance moves.

There was a fantastic sweaty version of "Helter Skelter" that made it seem as dangerous as a date with Charlie Manson. "Lady Madonna" was bright and propulsive and "Back in the USSR" had a sexy urgency.

Paul doing classics from the Beatles songbook is as memorable as you'd expect, but getting to hear it at the Cathedral of Baseball lent the music majesty.

 

Last Updated: 07/16/11 10:26
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The 2½-hour, 35-song set featured five decades worth of hits without a dud in the batch. Strapped into his signature Hofner bass, wearing a smartly cut baby blue jacket -- sorry, no pinstripes for Macca -- he looked as trim and intense as a rookie shortstop.