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McCartney is Red Hot in Manchester: Fan Report, photos

  • Source: macca-central.com
  • By: Bob Gannon

Bob Gannon reports from Manchester from MACCA's On The Run tour

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Hi Gang,
 
Got home late last night and actually getting ready to move to Liverpool for the next show. Will try to send pictures to the news sites as soon as possible. First of all, Paul's voice was in superb form last night from soundcheck right until the last lyric sung! Extremely interactive and energetic. First with soundcheck
 
Setlist:
01. matchbox
02. honey don't
03. jam
04. flaming pie
05. penny lane
06. birthday
07. cmoon
08. don't let the sun catch you crying
09. whole lotta shaking
10. it's so easy
11. every night
12. petrushka
13. something
14. bluebird
15. yesterday
16. lady madonna
 
He really ripped through Don't let the sun and Whole Lotta Shaking and the best versions of those songs I've heard him do. Cameras again were a problem with Event Travel so little to no soundcheck photos or at least good ones. Beatrice came out with security and sat by the soundcheck group while she listened to three songs.
 
The regular show was as hot as I've seen with an extended setlist adding "Ram On" and a children's choir to sing "Wonderful Christmastime". This show definitely ranks among the best i've seen in terms of Paul's performance. Even though my front row package put me all the way to the side where I was over looking the backstage area, it was still a great show to hear but no so great to watch. We actually complained to event travel that we did not consider this a premium seat. So #99 was not as great personally for me. We'll see if they do anything for us in Liverpool. During the first encore, Paul brought some people on stage. Two girls from Argentina had a huge banner and they were called on stage with the banner, hugs and then Paul signed their t-shirts. Another girl from Korea was called up and she gave Paul a hug and then handed him a small present. And then they saved the best for last...Phil from Manchester who was wearing a hat which had a lit up Christmas Tree on top. Phil, I think from Manchester but he gets around to the shows, had a nice banter going with Paul and eventually got a tatoo of Paul's face signed by Paul. Here's the setlist::
 
     Magical Mystery Tour
    Junior's Farm
    All My Loving
    Jet
    Got to Get You into My Life
    Sing the Changes
    The Night Before
    Let Me Roll It/foxy lady
    Paperback Writer
    The Long and Winding Road
    Come and Get It
    Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
    Maybe I'm Amazed
    I'm Looking Through You
    And I Love Her
    Blackbird
    Here Today
    Dance Tonight
    Mrs. Vandebilt
    Eleanor Rigby
    Ram On
    Something
    Band on the Run
    Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
    Back in the U.S.S.R.
    I've Got A Feeling
    A Day in the Life
    Let It Be
    Live and Let Die
    Hey Jude

Encore: 1

    The Word
    Wonderful Christmastime
    Day Tripper
    Get Back

Encore 2:

    Yesterday
    Helter Skelter
    Golden Slumbers/Carry that weight/The End
Last Updated: 12/21/11 11:05
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Hello!! Me and my sister are the Argentinians girls that were on stage with Paul at Manchester. Would you be so kind to send me the pictures?? We couldn`t get any! My email is merbloch@hotmail.com. Thanks and Merry Christmas!
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by Terry Gundill : Pontefract, United Kingdom December 20, 2011 6:34 PM EST (Guest)  click to register
Maybe not been to 99 shows but not missed a UK tour since 1972. I would agree that Macca was in fine form and this rates as one of the best. Particularly enjoyed Ram On, Come and Get It and The Word. Abe needs a mention for his choreography in Dance Tonight. Live and Let Die had an extra edge for some reason. Always love I`ve Got a Feeling - extra raucous but Get Back remains the favourite. Better than the O2 in 2009. Everybody has their favourite band/musician but there are few if any that can put a show on of that calibre. Three hours of pure magic. I salute the man.
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reply by jim : Aberdeen December 31, 2011 7:30 AM EST
Agree with Terry`s comments. One of the best shows i have seen and was better than )" concert in 2009 which is saying something. For me he seemed much more relaxed than usual nfor some reason- a night to remember!
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Bob Gannon reports from Manchester from MACCA's On The Run tour.