Paul McCartney | One on One Tour

      Sir Paul McCartney continued his summer trek on the ‘One on One Tour’ this past week as he came to Hershey, Pennsylvania for the very first time in his long, historic career. At 74 years of age McCartney has certainly played his fair share of shows but this one can labeled as a bit more unique than some of the other stops on this tour. As mentioned it was his first appearance in the area which created a buzz of excitement around the Park and Stadium that day. A huge Hollywood style sign that read “PAUL” had been set up on the hill and the venue was flanked with large flags with tour artwork on them. Very few artists can sell out stadiums that seat 30,000 plus and even few can do that on a Tuesday night in the middle of July, but Paul McCartney is exception as his reputation alone is enough to sell out most venues.

      We all know McCartney as The Beatle, the founder of Wings, but his solo career has been just as successful of a venture in the past years as well with his collaboration with Kayne West and Rihanna charting just last year. With over 700 million albums sold worldwide and 22 number one albums across 60 years the question arises what is there to say about Paul McCartney that hasn’t already been said? There is no question that he is the most successful musician of my lifetime and even the most successful of the generation before me. The appeal of McCartney is what makes him such a strong, iconic musician. His music, in all creative ventures, is relevant to this day and has reconnected with a younger generation of listeners just as it did when it was released so many years ago. McCartney’s first number 1 single came with The Beatles in 1963 with “Please Please Me,” a song that stills gets radio air time to this day.

Photo by Matt Christine

Photo by Matt Christine

      The show was exactly what it needed to be, there was no opener, there was no support; the night was about Sir Paul McCartney and the legacy he holds as a musicians. More than 30,000 people sat, stood, and danced to the pre-show music as the sun began to set as they waited for McCartney to take the stage. Around 8:00PM stage lights started to turn on which set the crowd into a fury of excitement, McCartney walked out on stage amongst his band members with nothing more than a smile and a wave to the crowd. The standing room section was full of hand made signs that were hoisted into the air as McCartney walked to the center of the stage where his microphone awaited him. He hoisted bass to the side of his and with a smile and a shout he counted down the band as they dove into The Beatle’s classic “A Hard Day’s Night” and the crowd began what would be a multiple hour sing-a-long with the world’s most iconic and well known musicians.

Photo by Matt Christine

Photo by Matt Christine

      From there Paul McCartney took the packed stadium crowd across a set that spanned much of his 6 decades as a musicians and while it focused heavily on his time with The Beatles there were plenty of inclusions from some of McCartney’s other ventures as well. Without question moments such as the crowd sing-a-long during “Hey Jude” and “Let it Be” were some of the most incredible things you could ever see at a concert; those moments shine the brightest during the show but the inclusion of Wings material shown just as bright and even McCartney’s solo song got the crowd dancing on their seats from the earliest moments of the show. With the amount of material McCartney has to work with crafting a setlist has to be a careful calculated item but he appeased everyone in Hershey making sure to change the pace as he went and delivering a packed tail end of the setlist from of songs from The Beatles era that set the crowd into a frenzy.

Paul McCartney – Hershey, PA Setlist
A Hard Day’s Night
Save Us
Can’t Buy Me Love
Letting Go
Temporary Secretary
Let Me Roll It
I’ve Got a Feeling
My Valentine
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
Here, There and Everywhere
Maybe I’m Amazed
We Can Work It Out
In Spite of All the Danger
You Won’t See Me
Love Me Do
And I Love Her
Here Today
Queenie Eye
The Fool on the Hill
Lady Madonna
Eleanor Rigby
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Band on the Run
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Let It Be
Live and Let Die
Hey Jude

Hi, Hi, Hi
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
The End

       I said it before and I will say again, there isn’t much I can say about Paul McCartney that hasn’t already been said. At 74 years old he put on a better show than many musicians in their prime could ever dream of accomplishing. His vocals shined through out the night and he was in great spirits from start to finish. There is a chance that Hershey, Pennsylvania will never get another chance to witness this icon perform on stage and if that is the case we should be grateful for the amazing show we just had. At nearly 3 hours long the show will go down as one of the most incredible things we have ever seen on a stage and the crowd would surely agree with that statement. There is only one Paul McCartney and there will never be anyone who comes close to being like him, this show was truly once in a lifetime. One on One, something that we and everyone in attendance will never forget.

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