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McCartney at the Electric Proms 2007
Paul McCartney is a great advert for the vegetarian lifestyle, as he performed a set of Beatles, Wings, and solo material with a zest and enthusiasm that made you think his birth certificate was a poor forgery.
Beatles songs flowed at this Roundhouse, Electric Proms gig, broadcast on BBC2 - 'Magical Mystery Tour', 'Eleanor Rigby (admittedly in a lower key - one concession to age)', 'Blackbird', 'Back In The U.S.S.R.', 'Lady Madonna', 'Hey Jude', 'Let It Be'. But, being on the Beeb, numbers like 'Get Back' were omitted - unless you had access to the red button on a digital TV, and could see the whole concert. If you saw it all you could appreciate how good Paul McCartney's band were, and see the emotional tribute to John Lennon - 'Here Today'.
Macca was exchanging banter with the audience all through the gig, as he displayed his musical skills on bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, and then played the mandolin on 'Dance Tonight' - his recent single. Rip-roaring versions of 'Band On The Run' and 'Live And Let Die' were reminders McCartney has produced good songs throughout his career, and not just with The Beatles. Macca closed the show with the early Beatles classic 'I Saw Her Standing There', and the aforesaid 'Get Back'. Can anyone top him as the greatest living pop and rock icon in the world?
- Paul Rance/booksmusicfilmstv.com.
Set ListMagical Mystery Tour - Flaming Pie - Got To Get You Into My Life - Dance Tonight - Only Mama Knows - C Moon - The Long And Winding Road - I'll Follow The Sun - That Was Me - Here Today - Blackbird - Calico Skies - Eleanor Rigby - Band On The Run - Back In The U.S.S.R. - House Of Wax - I've Got A Feeling - Live And Let Die - Baby Face - Hey Jude - Let It Be - Lady Madonna - I Saw Her Standing There - Get Back
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