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Up and Coming Tour: Pittsburgh Aug 18 & 19 2010 :: reports slideshows video

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Paul McCartney and his band of mates completed the Up and Coming Summer Tour with a two night stand in Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center which is the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. We have some reports from both shows including Bob Gannon's photos and reports from both shows that includes the 2nd night sound check and the latest tattoo signings.

 

 Report by Douglas McKinney:

The first show in Pittsburgh's new Consol Energy Center certainly had plenty of Energy with a capital "E." Sir Paul and his well-traveled band rocked with their usual top-notch effort, but the big news for fans was the extended wait outside the gates due to a delayed flight that, according to word of mouth, had Macca arriving 45 minutes late for sound check. As the first event in the building, there were some kinks in the gate and entry procedures, but hopefully folks attending the second show will have a better experience.

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Once the show got going at 8:23 PM, it took the mostly 30+ crowd a little while to really get into the groove. Maybe the seats were a bit too comfortable in the new arena, because few above floor-level were standing during songs. The surprise crowd-pleaser for me was "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," which was probably the most energetic sing-along aside from "Hey Jude." Even though people were staying seated through most songs, we were all in full throat applauding the many favorites on the tour's set list. Paul kept the pattern of alternating songs each night, with "Got to Get You into My Life," "I'm Looking Through You," and "Two of Us" making the list.

The sound system and sight lines were excellent, as were the video, lighting and staging Paul's veteran crew pulled off so seamlessly. In the first row of bowl seating at the middle of the arena, my wife and I were struck by the wave of heat from the flames unleashed during "Live and Let Die," but by then the show was just as hot.

For those locals who hadn't seen Paul's current band in action live, they quickly learned this group can more than hold their own with a playful, but professional air that comes from years of familiarity and a true love of the material. From Abe's geeky dance moves to Rusty and Brian's blistering solos and Wix's wide-ranging mastery of filling out the sound, this is a band that gives audiences an experience worth every penny. By "The End" nobody really wanted to leave, but now that Pittsburgh has a venue worthy of Paul's tours, hopefully the tireless Beatle won't be such a stranger around here in years to come. 


Report by Bob Gannon:

Hey gang,
 
This was one of the better soundchecks that I've attended as paul did an extended acoustic set and was in a super mood. Unlike the prior several soundchecks, this one had Paul already there and waiting for us!! He was dressed in a grey suit. Unfortunately for a lot of the attendees, they did not seem to know or recognize a lot of the songs but me and my gang had an incredible time. here's what he played.

Setlist from the 2nd Night Sound Check
 
multi coloured guitar
01. honey hush (hi ho silver)
02. honey don't
03. blue suede shoes
 
hofner bass
04. magical mystery tour
05. birthday  ( for a lady holding a sign..it's my birthday)
 
piano
06. don't let the sun catch you crying
07. c moon
08. i'm in love again
 
acoustic guitar
09. it's so easy  (squeezy)
10. calico skies
11. unknown jam
12. san francisco bay blues
13. sun is shining
14. the fool
 
mandolin
15. Patrushka  ( he called this the final chapter of Patrushka)
16. dance tonight
 
ukulele
17. leaning on a lamp post
18. singing the blues
 
acoustic guitar
19. yesterday
 
magic piano
20. you never give me your money (instrumental)
21. lady madonna

Pittsburgh 1st night photos by Bob Gannon


 

1st Night Pittsburgh Concert Report by Bob Gannon:
 
Hi Folks. Sorry so late with the reports on the two Pittsburgh shows but it's been a busy, busy week between Philly, work , Pittsburgh and back to work. So i'm going to make this rather short. The First night at the Consul Energy Center was one of the poorer shows audience wise that i've seen on the tour. A lot of people sitting although it didn't stop Paul and band from playing a scorching set. Let's start off with the arena itself, entering and leaving took longer than possible as several of the escalators were not working. This drew many complaints from fans. The arena itself is state of the art. The sound was fantastic and the sight lines were good. Unfortunately I think that a lot of the first night attendees were stuffed shirts having to do with the construction of the arena.
 
No big changes to the setlist. At the end of the show he brought up a girl in a white wings tube top with a sign me, tattoo sign just before exiting the stage for the last time. My sources are still saying six shows to come but are very closed mouth about where (but Oct/Nov was mentioned). I'm not very surprised at this as there has been no official announcement yet by Paul and they no better than to let the cat out of the bag too early.
 

2nd Night Pittsburgh Concert Report by Bob Gannon:
Alright, this show was much better than the first one. The crowd was much more into it and once again Paul and band turned in a great performance. once again..entering and exiting the arena was difficult as some escalators were still not working and they had people walking down flights of stairwells. I guess somebody didn't pay the energy bill!! Once again, the setlist as been commonly done changed a tiny bit from the night before with the normal substitutions. Several nice story lines in this show though.
 
While Paul was playing "My Love" the big screens on the side of the stage showed a man proposing to his girlfriend and her acceptance of his proposal. So the crowd got a charge out of that. As he ended the song Paul said "I heard that you were going to do it! Did she say yes?" He also did the hand gesture making a heart and pointed to them and as he came back to the lower stage he walked right in front of them with thumbs aloft and congratulated them.
 
Paul pointed out an infant in the crowd and said if she is anything like mine, she will be asleep in a few minutes. The big screen lit up with a picture of the baby (very cute). Paul continued to marvel much later in the show as the baby was still awake!!
 
And last but not least, the final stop on the "tattoo you tour". Paul called up a girl who had a sign "I am the girl on the flaming pie....please sign my thigh!". Paul brought her up, asked her name and told her to say hello to Pittsburgh. Paul then asked her where she was from and she proudly stated "Philadelphia". She no longer got that out of her mouth than she was showered with boos from the Pittsburgh crowd. She then attempted to have Paul sign her back and Paul said "no, your sign said thigh so show us your thigh". She hiked her skirt up and sure enough, he signed her thigh.
 
Final story line is on the mystery of the six coming shows that the VIP group was told about. Although they stated put on 6 more shows, nobody is ready to say where they will be but possibly during the show, Paul may have tipped us off. He announced this show as "The last North American City on this tour". So rest of the world, hold your breath!!!

Pittsburgh 1st Night Set-List

1. Venus and Mars / Rockshow
2. Jet
3. All My Loving
4. Letting Go
5. Got To Get You Into My Life
6. Highway
7. Let Me Roll It / Foxy Lady
8. The Long And Winding Road
9. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five
10. Let ‘Em In
11. My Love
12. I'm Looking Through You
13. Two Of Us
14. Blackbird
15. Here Today
16. Dance Tonight
17. Mrs Vandebilt
18. Eleanor Rigby
19. Something
20. Sing The Changes
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 / Give Peace A Chance
27. Let It Be
28. Live And Let Die
29. Hey Jude

1st encore
30. Daytripper
31. Lady Madonna
32. Get back
 
2nd encore
33.Yesterday
34. Helter Skelter
35. Sgt Pepper/The End

Pittsburgh 2nd night Soundcheck & Concert photos by Bob Gannon





 

 

Last Updated: 08/21/10 09:57
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by Lauren W : Washington, DC August 20, 2010 8:31 AM EDT (Guest)  click to register
We were lucky enough to attend this show christening the Consol Arena, our second one during this tour (Nashville last month), and our third time seeing Sir Paul. We also attended the sound check, with approximately 50 others. It is true, according to a well placed source, that Paul`s flight was delayed, and he got police escort from the airport to the arena. Once there, he greeted the sound check group and efficiently worked through maybe 20 songs, some just bits and pieces (Yesterday). He interacted a bit with our group, but was all business! Our seats were third row, dead center, perhaps 20 feet max from his microphone. What an experience. Although the show may have lacked the overall energy of the crowd that we experienced in Nashville, being so close to him and the band made the entire experiences mesmerizing. You simply couldn`t take your eyes off him! Rumor has it he may add some winter dates, but I guess we will just have to wait and see....and wish very hard! Lauren
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Bob Gannon has submitted his photos and reports from both shows including the 2nd night sound check and the latest tattoo signings. The first show in Pittsburgh's new Consol Energy Center certainly had plenty of Energy with a capital "E." Sir Paul and his well-traveled band rocked with their usual top-notch effort, but the big news for fans was the extended wait outside the gates due to a delayed flight that, according to word of mouth, had Macca arriving 45 minutes late for sound check. As the first event in the building, there were some kinks in the gate and entry procedures, but hopefully folks attending the second show will have a better experience.