Last Night: Paul McCartney at Pepsi Center
Thursday, July 15, 2010 | Pepsi Center
After kick-starting a set with a couple of Wings songs and the Beatles' hit "All My Loving," Paul McCartney stood at the middle of the stage and said, "Let me just take a moment to take it all in" just before one of the many times the audience erupted with applause. (Fellow Beatle Ringo Starr was in South Florida last night, see photos at our sister website, the Broward Palm Beach New Times: Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band at Hard Rock Live -ed.)
A relentless pop showman, the 68-year-old McCartney and his band delivered close to a three-hour set that spanned five decades of material, from early Beatles and '70s Wings songs to more recent material from McCartney's alter-ego The Fireman.
McCartney switched out his Hofner bass for a painted Gibson Les Paul for the slow rocker "Let Me Roll It," McCartney and company did a short instrumental take on Jimi Hendrixi's "Foxy Lady." While sitting at the piano, McCartney told a story about how Hendrix bought Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club on a Friday and opened a show the following Sunday with title track.
McCartney stayed at the piano for a stirring rendition of "The Long and Winding Road," the Wings' "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five" and "Let 'Em In," and dedicated "My Love," a song he said he wrote for his late wife Linda McCartney, to all the lovers in the crowd.