Paul 2005 tour Auburn Hills, Mich.

(10/17/05) From Carl Savich:

Paul McCartney at the Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills, Michigan

Paul McCartney performed on Saturday, October 15, 2005, at the Palace of Auburn Hills outside of Detroit, Michigan, the second of two sold-out show.

Before the Friday show, Paul McCartney did an on-air interview with a local Detroit classic rock and roll station, WCSX while traveling to the sound check at the Palace. He talked about the Detroit Red Wings sticker on his Epiphone acoustic guitar. He said he was given the sticker by a fan at the Olympia stadium (the former home of the Detroit Red Wings) on the 1976 Wings Tour. He asked Ken Calvert if he knew what "Detroit" meant in French. Neither of them knew. At the concert, McCartney explained that it meant "the strait". He also talked about a fan who asked him if she could change the lyrics to "When I'm 64" to "When I'm 84" because she was already 64. Calvert asked him how he stayed in such excellent physical shape. McCartney replied: "Sex and drugs!" He also claimed that the Rolling Stones were copying him by touring and by playing at the Super Bowl next year.

The Saturday concert was sold-out. McCartney and the band were clealry moved by the size of the audience. They had the spotlight move to all the sections of the arena. The Palace was packed with fans. Every section was sold out and the floor was to capacity. I have never seen a densely packed audience. The concert began with remixes of McCartney recordings. McCartney paintings were flashed on the screen. A short movie was shown that began with the Luftwaffe bombing of London and continued through the Beatles period, the Wings period, and the Live 8 performance with U2. McCartney and the band took the stage at 9:00 and played for 2 and half hours straight with two encores.

The concert began with "Magical Mystery Tour" (from "Magical Mystery Tour," 1967). McCartney's voice was a little hoarse at times and he had a little trouble reaching the high notes. He received a rousing ovation from the audience. The next song performed was "Flaming Pie" (from the solo "Flaming Pie,"). They then launched into "Jet" (from "Band on the Run," 1973). They then did the B-side to the "She Loves You" single, "I'll Get You" (from "The Beatles Second Album," 1964).

McCartney introduced "Drive My Car" (from "Yesterday ... And Today," 1966) as a song that they new from the Super Nowl half-time performance. McCartney then went into "'Till There Was You" (from "Meet the Beatles," 1964), which he rarely performed in concert. This was a knock-out performance and floored everyone. You could feel the electricity in the audience as Rust played the George Harrison-John Lennon acoustic/classical guitar arrangement of that song, originally from The Music Man by Meredith Willson. The impact of this song cannot be described. The seeming simplicity and melodic beauty had a mesmerizing effect.

The next song was "Let Me Roll It" (from "Band on the Run," 1973) that featured McCartney on the Hofner bass. They then roared into "Got to Get You Into My Life" (from "Revolver," 1966), duplicating the Beatles version almost note for note. Paul then went to the piano for "Fine Line" (from "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard," 2005).

"Maybe I'm Amazed" (from "McCartney," 1970) was a highlight of the show. This is probably the greatest solo record by McCartney and he played it note for note on the piano. He had the audience singing along. He then played "The Long and Winding Road" (from "Let It Be," 1970).

The acoustic set consisted of: "In Spite of All the Danger" (a Quarrymen song from a 1958 acetate), a song he wrote with George Harrison as the B side to "That'll Be the Day". He then did "I Will" (from the "White Album,"1968) which sounded remarkable and which received a loud ovation. He described how a fan had heard his daughter perform the song in school. He p[layed the new song "Jenny Wren" (from "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard," 2005), which is similar to "Blackbird".

Paul was at the piano for: "For No One" from "Revolver"; "Fixing a Hole" from "Sgt. Pepper"; and, "English Tea" from "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard". He joked about the word "Peradventure", which was on a poster in the audience.

McCartney played acoustic guitar on "I'll Follow the Sun" (from "Beatles '65," 1965), with Rusty playing lead guitar. He then did "Follow Me" (from "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard," 2005).

Before he did "Blackbird" (from the "White Album," 1968), he explained how he and George Harrison had played a piece by J.S. Bach by ear. McCartney liked the melodic line played by the bass and used it on "Blackbird". He then did "Eleanor Rigby" (from "Revolver," 1966) with the band lending their voices. He then played "Too Many People" (from "Ram," 1971) with Rusty duplicating the electric guitar part and solo from the original release. They then went into "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" (from "Abbey Road," 1969).

Before "Good Day Sunshine" (from "Revolver," 1966), he explained how NASA had used the record to wake up the crew. The next songs played were "Band on the Run" (from "Band on the Run," 1973), "Penny Lane" (from "Magical Mystery Tour," 1967), "I've Got a Feeling" (from "Let it Be," 1970), and "Back in the USSR" (from the "White Album, "1968). Paul played a Gibson Les Paul Cherry Sunburst Standard electric guitar on these.

Paul went to the piano for "Hey Jude" (from "Hey Jude," 1970). Before playing the song, he played a little bit of "Baby Face", a song from the 1920s. He then had different parts of the audience to sing the song. This was a highlight of the concert. The song about forbearance and optimism from 1968 still resonated in 2005. "Hey Jude" was the biggest single the Beatles ever had, and it was the biggest single of 1968 and, indeed, of the 1960s. The song was not dated at all and stood up very well, which was a tribute to McCartney the songwriter.

"Live and Let Die" (released as single, 1973) featured loud explosions and flames on the stage. The sound was lound enough to puncture eardrums. It was a sonic and visual highlight of the show. For Encore 1:
McCartney did "Yesterday" (from "Yesterday ... and Today," 1966) on the Epiphone acoustic he said he played on the Ed Sullivan Show along with the Detroit Red Wings sticker added later. McCartney then got his Hofner bass to play "Get Back" (from "Let It Be," 1970). Wix played the Billy Preston keyboard solo almost note for note. They played a loud "Helter Skelter" (from the "White Album," 1968) that was on the heavy metal side.

For Encore 2:
They played "Please Please Me," (single release, 1963). McCartney then lit a candle and played a moving "Let It Be" (from "Let It Be," 1970) on piano. This got the audience to join along. The final number was the "Sgt. Pepper Reprise" (from "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," 1967) and then the closing number, "The End", from "Abbey Road". McCartney played the Les Paul and duplicated the three-way jamming that was on the original album, where he traded lead guitar solos with John Lennon and George Harrison. Abe duplicated the Ringo Starr drum solo perfectly.

This was a spectacular concert. It was more like a love-in than it was a concert. McCartney had excellent rapport with the audience. Word of mouth travels fast. McCartney concerts have recieved very positive reviews. And McCartney did not disappoint. Ticket prices were exorbitant, but you have to put it in perspective. Paul McCartney is part of the greatest musical and social phenomena of the 20th century. He is the greatest composer of the last 100 years. He spent 2 and a half hours playing his hits but only performed a small fraction of them. He is the only artist that cannot fit all his important songs into a single concert. This show is highly recommended. This is a must see concert. See this concert if you can. You cannot put a price on such an event. It is priceless.

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