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Good Evening Europe: Dublin :: Dec 20 2009 - Report with slideshow

Mike KovacichMike Kovacich

Bob Gannon reports from Dublin and says this gig was perhaps the best of all 2009 and he's been a lots of MACCA gigs this year. His report includes the sound check and lots of photos, nearly 70. Also he has heard rumors of a South American leg of the tour in February.

Hey gang,

Just got back from the show and a after party with friends. As far as energy/crowd and Paul's showmanship, this may have been the best show of the year. If not the best than really, really close. This show was high octane from sound check to concert. Let's start with the sound check.
Sound Check Set
01. Honey Hush
02. Honey Don't
03. Coming Up
04. Birthday
05. All My Loving
06. C Moon
07. Whole Lotta Shaking Going On
08. Celebration
09. San Francisco Bay Blues
10. I've Just Seen A Face
11. Midnight Special
12. Mull of Kintyre
13. Dance Tonight
14. Something
15. Mother Nature's Son
16. Yesterday
The VIP packages were handled superbly. The sound check people were given a choice of a seat in the 2nd tier or a GA spot which they were would be allowed first. Then the Hot Sound packages were let in behind them and between the two groups pretty much took up the front railing. The rest of the GA was then allowed entry behind us. The crowd was very well behaved with little to no pushing or shoving that I could see. A couple of people passed out from drink during the show and had to be carried out by security. They let us in around 6:20 pm and the show started close to 6:25 pm. Paul in the black suit with white shirt, black suspenders and beatle boots.
The band was tight, Paul's voice was in fantastic form and he was animated beyond belief as he continually hammed it up for the cameras for people taking photos. Not only that, The Irish audience was simply fantastic singing along and having a party. I haven't taken a good look at the prior European set lists but I think he may have changed the order of some songs tonight.
When talking about "My Love" he said the original lead guitarist was Henry McCullough and then said that he was here tonight. Paul pointed into the balcony and a house spot lit up Henry McCullough who took a bow.
More big set news was the inclusion of "Wonderful Christmastime" it sounded absolutely glorious as Paul, band and crowd had an absolutely amazing time singing the song. again it shows that some little known songs from the old catalog will always go over great! After "Hey Jude" the band left the stage and the Dublin crowd began to get louder and louder trying to get Macca to come out for an encore. They then broke out into spontaneous song and continued singing "Hey Jude" by themselves. After a few minutes, Paul and band took back the stage and left the place unhinged. The venue was a little smaller than i thought it would be but it was nice. Well, I'm beat and it's time for bed. This show had it all and the last one looks to be very special. We are expecting "Mull of Kintye" with the Scottish bagpipe band and all of Paul's family is said to be coming.
There was some talk that South America may be in February. Not only that but the VIP packages have a special night with a pre-soundcheck dinner, soundcheck, a post soundcheck cocktail party, the concert and then an after concert cocktail party. More news to come from London!!!!! By the way...concert setlist was. Also while telling the George ukelele story, he began to play "Leaning on a Lampost" which the Dublin audience joined in nicely until Paul cut it short and went into "Something".
Dublin Set List
01. Magical Mystery Tour
02. Drive My Car
03. Jet
04. Only Mama Knows
05. Flaming Pie
06. Got to get you into my life
07. Let Me Roll It/ Foxy Lady
08. Highway
09. Long and Winding Road
10. I want to come home
11. My Love   (with shoutout to Henry McCullough)
12. Blackbird
13. Here Today
14. Dance Tonight
15. And I Love Her
16. Eleanor Rigby
17. false start of Leaning on a Lampost and then Something
18. Mrs Vanderbilt  (with a slower intro)
19. Sing the Changes
20. Wonderful Christmas Time
21. Band on the Run
22. Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
23. Back in the USSR
24. I've Got a Feeling
25. Paperback Writer
26. A Day in the Life into Give Peace a Chance
27. Let it Be
28. Live and Let Die
29. Hey Jude
Encore #1
30. Daytripper
31. Lady Madonna
32. Get Back
Encore #2
33. Yesterday
34. Helter Skelter
35. Sgt pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise)/ The End


Last Updated: 12/21/09 15:37

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by person : Durham December 22, 2009 3:07 PM EST (Guest)  click to register
I`d like to see more solo songs in the set list. Most of the obscure songs seem to show up in the sound check. I wish he`d put "C Moon" and "Coming Up" in the set list, along with "Let `Em In," "Fine Line," "Too Many People/She Came in Through the Bathroom Window"...the list goes on and on!
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by Nowhere Fan : Norwegian Wood December 21, 2009 1:46 PM EST (Guest)  click to register
Ay, ay, ay. It`s cool to see he played "Wonderful Christmastime" live. Let`s hope for a record release of this version in the near future. If this one sounded glorious with a full band live, then the whole of "McCartney II" probably would too. More obscure songs in the set list please. Songs like "Dance Tonight", "Sing The Changes" and "Highway" on "Good Evening New York City", proves that many studio-songs takes on a different life and flavour being played live. : )
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Bob Gannon reports from Dublin and says this gig was perhaps the best of all 2009 and he's been a lots of MACCA gigs this year. His report includes the sound check and lots of photos.