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Up and Coming Tour: Charlotte - 07-28-2010 :: reports/slideshow/video

Report by: Courtney Devores - charlotteobserver.com

Paul McCartney in Charlotte: 'Absolutely amazing'

Mike KovacichPaul McCartney acknowledges the cheers of the crowd at Time Warner Cable Arena as he walks onto the stage to begin his Up and Coming Tour Wednesday. Photo: JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Anticipation was high Wednesday before Paul McCartney hit a Charlotte stage for the first time in 17 years.

Backed by only a four-piece band, McCartney hit the Time Warner Cable Arena stage around 8:20 p.m. in a snazzy pinstriped jacket and his famed violin-shaped bass guitar for the opening of "Venus and Mars," which quickly segued into "Rock Show" followed by "Jet."

Wings' bluesy "Letting Go" captured the big rock 'n' roll feel of McCartney and his band, a group of seasoned players who balanced professionalism with charisma. That was particularly true of animated drummer Abe Laboriel Jr., who clanked his cowbell, sang backup and even danced during "Dance Tonight."

"You're a great crowd already," McCartney praised, only six songs into the set.

He picked up a Les Paul for "Let Me Roll It," soloing madly through a few instrumental bars of Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady" (a trick he repeated toward the end of the show during "I've Got a Feeling"). Hendrix's was the first of many tributes paid to fallen friends and loved ones, including wife Linda, for whom he played "My Love."

He played part of fellow Beatle George Harrison's "Something" (a huge crowd sing-along) on the ukulele that Harrison gave him. And he remembered John Lennon with an intimate solo acoustic rendering of "Here Today," a song McCartney wrote after Lennon's death. Later in the set, the combo of "A Day in the Life" and "Give Peace a Chance" was an even more poignant reminder of Lennon's legacy.

One fan complained of having seen him play the same songs repeatedly on this tour, but added that over 38 years and multiple shows, she's never seen him play a less than fantastic show.

For those who had never seen McCartney, or at least not since he played Raleigh in 2002, the inclusion of "Paperback Writer," the moving "Let It Be," the pyrotechnics-powered "Live and Let Die" and "Hey Jude" (played at a psychedelic piano) were essential.

At 68, McCartney proved impressive in both stamina and voice. As one police officer working the arena pointed out, he didn't rely on a bevy of backup singers.

"There are no words," said Rock Hill-based music promoter Stephanie Moore, 28, of her second McCartney show - her first was at age 11, an experience she says changed her life.

Back 17 years later and again with her parents, she beamed shortly before the show's end: "Absolutely amazing. My advice is to start saving up for next time he tours. Go see him. No matter the price."

Last Updated: 07/28/10 09:21
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by tim and belinda : birmingham us July 29, 2010 10:28 PM EDT (Guest)  click to register
we were at the charlotte show front center second row,this was my third time to see mccartney just when i say that this has to be the best concert ever attented and i have been to my share it just keeps getting better.the a/v was top notch as always but being that close with the personal interactioin with this living legend is truly a life changing experience.iwas able to take my digtital camera for the first time ever got some great shots as well as video hope to post soon.If you ever get the oportunity to experince an evening with Mccartney DO IT no matter the cost!YOU WILL FOREVER BE CHANGED.TIM WRIGHT...
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by david : wilmington nc usa July 29, 2010 2:22 PM EDT (Guest)  click to register
i was at the charlotte show. to be 68 years old paul still has it. it was the fastest 3 hour show i seen. unbelievable, stage show etc. the highlite of the show for me was live and let die and i got a feeling. let me roll it was great w/ the hendrix foxy lady on the end of the song. plus i got some amazing pics of the show! funny how a 68 year old man call`s his tour `up and coming`. i was expecting to see cialis or viagra to sponsor the show! again a great show. thanks paul
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Anticipation was high Wednesday before Paul McCartney hit a Charlotte stage for the first time in 17 years. Backed by only a four-piece band, McCartney hit the Time Warner Cable Arena stage around 8:20 p.m. in a snazzy pinstriped jacket and his famed violin-shaped bass guitar for the opening of "Venus and Mars," which quickly segued into "Rock Show" followed by "Jet."