Paul McCartney brought his One on One tour to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday night (Aug. 7). The 74-year-old delighted the packed stadium with hits old and new as he rocked and rolled his way through more than two and a half hours of The Beatles, Wings and solo tunes.
McCartney weaved back and forth deftly through his catalog, his voice sounding youthful and energetic. For fans of Sir Paul, the entire concert was a bright spot (literally, too; impressive pyrotechnics and fireworks light up the night during “Live and Let Die”). But here are the 7 moments that stood out the most.
1. His Instrumental Prowess
During the set, McCartney showed off his electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano and ukulele skills.
2. The Tributes
Paul played a tiny bit of “Foxy Lady” in honor of Jimi Hendrix, “My Valentine” for his wife Nancy Shevell, “Maybe I’m Amazed” for his late wife Linda McCartney, “Here Today” for John Lennon, and “Something” for George Harrison.
3. His Stories
Watching Hendrix one night, McCartney recalled the late legend’s guitar went out of tune. Hendrix then called out to Eric in the audience to come on stage and fix his guitar. Eric Clapton, of course, declined — per Sir Paul.
4. His Russian Accent
After playing “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” McCartney recalled the time when the Beatles held a concert in Red Square. Backstage, the Fab Four met many Russian government officials, who told the Beatles they used their records to learn English. While telling the story, McCartney did a great impression of a Ruski.
5. A Wardrobe Change
The August heat had everyone sweating. And after “Temporary Secretary,” McCartney took off his blue jacket, rolled up his sleeves and said, “That’s the one and only wardrobe change for the evening.”
6. Old and New Songs
McCartney’s set spanned generations. “We played you our oldest song,” he said, referencing the pre-Beatles tune from The Quarrymen “In Spite of All the Danger.” “Now we’re going to play our newest,” he continued, before jumping into Kanye West‘s “FourFiveSeconds.” Earlier, though, he admitted he knows what the fans want. “We can tell which songs you really like. When you play an old Beatles song, your phones all light up like the galaxy. When we play a new song, it’s like a black hole.” But that didn’t stop him from playing his newer tunes. “Here’s another black hole,” he added before playing the title track from his 2013 album New.
7. Playfulness With Fans
He read signs, pretended to jump out into the crowd, joked about signing someone’s butt, and even shook his own during “And I Love Her.” He’s still making girls scream, after all these years.