He won't go that far, but he will go the distance. Other stops on Macca's current Out There! Tour have neared the three-hour, 40-song mark. That includes the handful of gigs the 72-year-old icon has played since postponing Asian concerts in May on doctors' orders due to a virus.
After studying his recent set lists, we picked out some of the most-played tunes to spotlight in detail, leaving out the most oft-told back stories (i.e., "Hey Jude" was written for
"Yesterday" (1965): Based on a melody that allegedly came to him in a dream, this tender favorite kicked around for months with the joking title "Scrambled Eggs." (Opening line: "Scrambled eggs / Oh my baby how I love your legs." ) It's the most-covered song in recording history, with more than 2,200 remakes. Album: "Help!"
"Eleanor Rigby" (1966): Near the end of writing one of the Beatles' most groundbreaking tracks, Paul inserted the name of its lonely subject, thinking he made it up. However, an
"All Together Now" (1967): Performed live for the first time on the Out There! Tour, he wrote it for the international TV special "Our World" but the Beatles ended up performing Lennon's "All You Need Is Love" instead. Album: "Yellow Submarine"
"Being for the Benefit of
"Back in the U.S.S.R." (1968): This rowdy, wry spinoff of a Beach Boys song was written decades before Paul ever actually made it to
"Blackbird" (1968): This beloved acoustic ballad was inspired by the then-raging civil rights movement, which McCartney imagined from the perspective of a young black girl. "It's so great so many civil rights issues have been overcome," he said in 2009 before playing at the Coachella festival. Album: "The Beatles"
"Maybe I'm Amazed" (1970): Written as a tribute to his new wife Linda for helping him weather the breakup of the Beatles, it appeared on his first solo LP but was never released as a single until 1976's live double-LP "Wings Over America." Second wife
"Live and Let Die" (1973): The theme song from the James Bond movie of the same name was ousted by
"Here Today" (1982): Written in the aftermath of Lennon's murder, it's based on an imaginary conversation with his former bandmate. "A conversation we never had," Paul said before playing it on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" last year at Fallon's request. "I always tell people: If you want to say to someone you love them, tell them now." Album: "Tug of War"
"New" (2013): Much like the songs he wrote early in his marriage to Linda, the title track of his latest album is rather obviously about his new wife,
Other songs Sir Paul has played most often on the Out There Tour:
1964: "And I Love Her," "Eight Days a Week"
1965: "Day Tripper," "I've
1966: "Paperback Writer"
1967: "Lovely Rita"
1968: "Helter Skelter," "Hey Jude," "
1969: "Something" (by
1970: "Let It Be," "The Long and
1971: "Another Day"
1975: "Listen to What the Man Said"
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