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Paul McCartney performs on stage at Allianz Stadium in Sydney. 27/10/23 Image: Chris Neave

GIG REVIEW: Paul McCartney’s ‘Got Back’ Tour Effortlessly Tantalizes Sydney

In another Triple M gig review, the spotlight turns to Sir Paul McCartney, the man who needs no introduction in the world of iconic music. This musical genius recently graced Sydney with performances that were nothing short of extraordinary. Whether a Beatles aficionado, a Wings enthusiast, or a general lover of legendary tunes, this was a weekend in Sydney to remember.

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Age is Just a Number for this Rock Legend

At 81, most individuals might be slowing down, but not McCartney. He defied both time and age to deliver nearly three-hour concerts on back-to-back nights. This is not just an accomplishment for an octogenarian; it’s a remarkable feat for any musician. What’s more, he bears the look of a man twenty years his junior—a testament to his undying vitality.

Kicking off the Night with Timeless Hits

To commence the concerts, McCartney chose two quintessential tracks: “Can’t Buy Me Love” for the Friday show and “A Hard Day’s Night” for Saturday. These opening numbers set the mood for an evening replete with classics from both the Beatles and Wings, as well as some new tunes from his recent albums. McCartney’s carefree attitude was summed up perfectly when he announced, “We’re playin’ them anyway because we don’t care.” A rock ‘n’ roll statement for the ages.

The Eclectic Setlist – A Journey Through Time

The setlist was a spectacular journey through time. McCartney delivered classics like “Love Me Do,” “Maybe I’m Amazed,” and “Jet,” among a whopping total of 39 tracks. Particularly notable was a captivating rendition of “Blackbird,” where the stage ascended, lifting McCartney high above the captivated crowd. With the inclusion of a pyrotechnic display during “Live & Let Die” and the timeless “Hey Jude,” the evening offered a truly eclectic musical experience.

  1. Can’t Buy Me Love
  2. Junior’s Farm
  3. Letting Go
  4. She’s a Woman
  5. Got to Get You Into My Life
  6. Come On to Me
  7. Let Me Roll It
  8. Getting Better
  9. Let ‘Em In
  10. My Valentine
  11. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
  12. Maybe I’m Amazed
  13. I’ve Just Seen a Face
  14. In Spite of All the Danger
  15. Love Me Do
  16. Dance Tonight
  17. Blackbird
  18. Here Today
  19. New
  20. Lady Madonna
  21. Fuh You
  22. You Never Give Me Your Money
  23. She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
  24. Jet
  25. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
  26. Something
  27. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  28. Band on the Run
  29. Get Back
  30. Let It Be
  31. Live and Let Die
  32. Hey Jude
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Encore:

  1. I’ve Got A Feeling
  2. Birthday
  3. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
  4. Helter Skelter
  5. Golden Slumbers
  6. Carry That Weight
  7. The End

A Visually Spectacular Experience

Beyond the auditory delight, the concert was a feast for the eyes. From lasers and lighting to a band that matched McCartney’s own level of artistry, the event was a visual spectacle. If this turns out to be the legendary musician’s final visit to Australia, he will certainly be exiting on the highest of notes.

The Encore – A Fitting Farewell

The encore was a treasure in its own right, featuring an additional seven songs, including “Birthday” and “Helter Skelter.” The performance fittingly concluded with “The End,” offering a perfect finale to an unforgettable experience.

Final Thoughts – Don’t Miss Your Chance

For those in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, the anticipation is palpable. Anyone without tickets should consider securing them promptly. This is a musical event no one will want to miss.

Paul McCartney: Got Back Australian tour artwork.

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