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On the scene with Paul McCartney at the Hard Rock in Vegas
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Sunday, 04/19/09 11:41 pm] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Paul started late, at 8:37pm, opening with the Beatles song, "Drive My Car," to a soldout crowd of 4,000 standing fans at the Hard Rock Hotel's The Joint. Fans came from all over, including Canada and Mexico to hear Paul play, many of them for the first time.

He played a high voltage performance non-stop for another two hours, twenty-five minutes, including two encores, in which he rocked the house with oldies but Beatles goodies such as "Get Back", "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Helter Skelter" from the White Album. The volume was turned up to fully rock the audience, especially on "Helter Skelter," and seemed louder than at his other past concerts.

Paul played a mix of new and old solo songs in the first half, including "Highway" from his Fireman album, and then played more oldies in the second hour.

He played "A Day in the Life," which morphed into "Give Peace a Chance." He talked to the audience about how his song "Blackbird" touched upon the strife in sixties with the civil rights struggle and then mentioned how things have changed so much that President Obama has been elected.

Macca brought the house down with an incredible fireworks display exploding in rhythm with "Live and Let Die".

He ended with a reprise from Sgt Peppers Heartclub Band, "It was 20 years ago today," and finally a bit from the Abbey Road album, a sort of jam version "Love you, love you," then building up to "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."

As Paul left the stage, thousands of pieces of red white and blue confetti rained down on the audience standing on the floor.

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