Paul McCartney brought his Out There! Tour back to North America with his first ever show in Ottawa, Canada at Scotiabank Park July 7 and the internet was full of raves.
“What a knight!” read the headline on the Ottawa Sun.
Susan Ratisher Ryan wrote on Facebook, “Okay…just got in from the Paul McCartney concert at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa! WHAT A SHOW!!!!!! Had a fabulous time — even better than the show in Brooklyn! Paul was in fantastic voice, the band was tight,” she wrote. “AND…..he did ‘Michelle’ AND ‘Mull of Kintyre,’ so I did get to cross one thing off my bucket list!!”
Keyboardist Paul “Wix” Wickens tweeted after the show, “Fun night in Ottawa. Got the accordion out a bit more. Just the 38 songs (39 if you include ‘Happy Birthday’ for Ringo) Tired now zzzzzzz.”
The setlist included “Mull of Kintyre,” performed with the Ottawa Police Service Pipe Band, which McCartney usually performs in England and Canada, and “Michelle,” a likely nod to the French Canadians. Keyboardist Paul “Wix” Wickens had given a hint that “Mull of Kintyre” might be in the setlist, tweeting before the show, “I’m in touch with my Scottish side now….”
The show also included “I’ve Just Seen a Face” and “Get Back” subbing for “Things We Said Today” and “I Saw Her Standing There” in the set’s usual rotating song spots and a birthday greeting to Ringo Starr, who turned 73 on Sunday.
The Ottawa Citizen reported Sunday that the show began an hour late.” Among those looking forward to the concert was Yvan Tessier of Ottawa, who according to CTV, has a huge collection of Beatles albums, and had front row seats for the show. McCartney was his favorite Beatle, he told CTV.
“Hey Ontario! You ready to rock?,” drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. tweeted the day before the concert.
The tour moves on to shows at two baseball parks first on July 9 in Boston at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, then July 12 at Nationals Stadium, home of the Washington Nationals.
On Friday, McCartney’s website published exclusive shots from the June 25th concert in Verona.
Here’s Sunday’s official set list from Ottawa as received from McCartney’s press office (changes in bold):
- “Eight Days a Week”
- “Junior’s Farm”
- “All My Loving”
- “Listen to What the Man Said”
- “Let Me Roll It”
- “Paperback Writer
- “My Valentine”
- “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five” (back in)
- “The Long and Winding Road”
- “Maybe I’m Amazed”
- “I’ve Just Seen a Face” (Was “Things We Said Today”)
- “We Can Work It Out”
- “Another Day”
- “And I Love Her”
- “Here Today”
- “Your Mother Should Know”
- “Lady Madonna”
- “All Together Now”
- “Michelle” (new)
- “Lovely Rita”
- “Mrs. Vandebilt”
- “Eleanor Rigby”
- “Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite” (“Ram On” out)
- “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”
- Encore: “Day Tripper”
- “Hi Hi Hi”
- “Get Back” (Was “I Saw Her Standing There”)
- Encore 2: “Yesterday”
- “Mull of Kintyre” with Ottawa Police Service Pipe Band (new)
- “Helter Skelter”
- “Golden Slumbers”/“Carry That Weight”/“The End”
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