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Paul McCartney

The Liverpool Sound: Sir Paul McCartney, The Kaiser Chiefs, The Zutons and David Grohl

Anfield Stadium, Liverpool
June 1st, 2008

Paul McCartney performing live in Liverpool 2008


 

As highlights of Capital of Culture years go, no other city can claim to have one former Beatle play before an adoring crowd, let alone two within the space of six months. Ringo Starr kicked off the celebrations way back in January and, here, it was the turn of the man who – culturally and physically – has probably provided more for the place of his birth than any other living artist.

The Liverpool Sound Stage in Anfield Stadium in Liverpool 2008Macca strode on to stage, having been introduced by Bolton’s own mega-star, Peter Kay, who announced he’d played with the best in the business, including “Stevie Wonder and Rupert Bear”, to rapturous applause and quite simply went from strength to strength thereafter.

Hippy, Hippy Shake set the ball rolling at break-neck speed, before following on with Eleanor Rigby, The Long And Winding Road, Blackbird – which McCartney explained came out of he and Harrison practicing J S Bach notes on the guitar – Penny Lane and Lady Madonna, to account for a wide selection of Beatles numbers early on.

The 36,000 in attendance lapped it up, as the Wings number Jet was followed with My Love, dedicated to his late wife, Linda.

Joined on stage by Foo Fighters front man, David Grohl, the mood was lifted to new heights with a stomping version of Band On The Run, quickly followed by Back In The USSR, with Grohl now on drums.

The Kaiser Cheifs live in Liverpool 2008If ever there was a gig for the karaoke kings in the audience to let their hair down, this was it and, to a man – and woman – they duly obliged, singing along with effortless ease and barely a missed lyric.

But the highlights were yet to be reached. Live And Let Die, with its spectacular pyrotechnics, and A Day In The Life, closing on Lennon’s Give Peace A Chance as Yoko Ono looked on, would have outshone all comers, were it not for the truly mesmerising version of Hey Jude that sent the crowd into delirium, belting out the closing phrase for what seemed like an eternity.

Yesterday set the tone for an emotion charged encore, with a fabulous, energetic I Saw Here Standing There closing the show proper in a hailstorm of fireworks, a little under two hours after McCartney had walked on.

The Zutons performing live in Liverpool 2008With support acts the standard of The Zutons – who played Valerie which they jokingly called “a cover of an old Amy Winehouse hit”, and their new single, Always Right Behind You – and The Kaiser Chiefs warming things up still further with I Predict A Riot, Ruby, Oh My God and Every Day I Love You Less And Less, few people could complain about the entertainment on offer, but it is Paul McCartney’s performance they will talk about for ever and a day.

Two Beatles in one year, maybe, but only one true Liverpool star.

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