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Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney

 

in Concert


- RDS - Dublin


27 May 2003

 

Getting back . . . back to where they once belonged

 

 

IT may have taken Paul McCartney 40 years to 'Get Back' to Ireland, but it was well worth the wait.

 

His show in the RDS Showjumping Arena last night was his first gig here since he played with The Beatles in the Adelphi Cinema in 1963.

 

The rain tried unsuccessfully to dampen fans' spirits as McCartney opened his Back in the World Tour with 'Hello Goodbye'.

 

And after teasing the 30,000-strong crowd with a Sergeant Pepper inspired circus troupe performance, 'Jet' and 'All My Lovin' followed.

 

Wearing a red T-shirt, black jacket and his guitar thrown over his shoulder he told the crowd "we are gonna rock you tonight".

 

"It's truly great to be back in Dublin, I'll tell you," McCartney said.

 

Money may not buy you love but it was the only way you were going to get to see a Beatle play live, even if he is a 61-years-old father of four.

 

It wasn't long before McCartney launched into what a disapproving and discerning old fogey beside me described as "that Wings shite". But all was not lost.

 

The set was two-and-a-half hours long and supported by a talented band. He flicked through the Beatles back catalogue - including 22 classics.

 

And why wouldn't he, wasn't that what everyone was there to hear? Interestingly 'When I'm 64' didn't feature, but maybe that's too close to the bone.

 

However, the favourites did include 'Eleanor Rigby', 'Michelle', 'Band on the Run', 'Back in the USSR', 'Live and Let Die', 'Hey Jude', 'The Long and Winding Road', 'Lady Madonna' and 'I Saw Her Standing There'.

 

However, the most poignant moment came when he played 'Yesterday', which was written for his mother who hailed from Ireland. The night ended with 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'.

 

Listening to his catalogue of classics - although most co-written with John Lennon - its easy to see why he is hailed as one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

 

Niamh Hooper
Irish Independent ©

 

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