Paul McCartney and his band squeezed into New York's 700-capacity Highline Ballroom last night (June 13) to celebrate the No. 3 debut of the Beatle great's new album, "Memory Almost Full." In front of
Paul McCartney and his band squeezed into New York's 700-capacity Highline Ballroom last night (June 13) to celebrate the No. 3 debut of the Beatle great's new album, "Memory Almost Full." In front of a crowd comprised of industry personnel, hardcore fans and contest winners, McCartney rattled off a 20-song set of new songs, Beatles classics and solo cuts.
The show opened with the Beatles' "Drive My Car" and quickly moved into two new tunes, the propulsive "Only Mama Know" and the mandolin-driven "Dance Tonight." "We should do this more often," McCartney told the adoring crowd before transitioning into the Beatles songs "The Long and Winding Road" and "I'll Follow the Sun."
The room went silent when McCartney rattled off solo renditions of "Blackbird" and "Hear Today," the latter dedicated to "fallen heroes" John Lennon, George Harrison and McCartney's late wife, Linda. But the energy was promptly ratcheted back up with spirited takes on "Back in the U.S.S.R.," the new "Nod Your Head" and "I've Got a Feeling," which morphed into Carl Perkins' "Matchbox."
The main set concluded with the one-two punch of "Get Back" and "Hey Jude," followed by a stupendous all-Beatles encore of "Let It Be," "Lady Madonna" and "I Saw Her Standing There."
McCartney was refreshingly off-the-cuff throughout the evening, indulging a barrage of camera phone flashes and accepting several bouquets of flowers. "We could just stand here chatting all night," he said to the audience during a particularly loud between-song moment.
The artist's show tonight followed an identical performance in London last week in support of "Memory Almost Full," which yesterday debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200. McCartney has yet to confirm whether he will embark on a full-scale tour in 2008.
Here is Paul McCartney's set list:
"Drive My Car"
"Only Mama Knows"
"The Long and Winding Road"
"I'll Follow the Sun"
"That Was Me"
"Back in the U.S.S.R."
"Nod Your Head"
"House of Wax"
"I've Got a Feeling"
"Let It Be"
"I Saw Her Standing There"