Sunday, November 17, 2013

Paul in Japan 2013

Paul McCartney Finally Has a Good Tour in Japan

Paul McCartney Osaka Japan
Paul makes his grand arrival at the airport.

Paul McCartney arrives in Osaka, Japan in November 2013 on his "Out There" tour. Besides Osaka, he also was scheduled to perform in Tokyo for three shows.

The crowd was very excited to see Paul.

Paul McCartney Osaka Japan
Paul's Japanese admirers.

They were also very excited on a previous occasion. Sometimes, though, the show does not go on, as in the situation below. And, it did not go on as planned in 2013, either, as Paul came down with a cold and had to cancel a bunch of shows elsewhere in Asia (he made them up in 2015). But the show did go on in Japan, at least.

Paul McCartney Tokyo Japan 1980
Paul McCartney after being released from jail in Tokyo in 1980.

Paul's abortive Asian appearances paid dividends in Japan, at least. Paul's single "New" from the album of the same name climbed the Japanese charts to No. 4, becoming his first top-ten single in any major market since 2001 (in Canada, his "From a Love to a Friend hit No. 6). Setting aside charity performances, that's Paul's highest singles ranking on a major singles chart in, well, quite a long time ("Hope of Deliverance" made it to no. 3 in Germany in 1993, and "My Brave Face" reached No. 4 on the US AC chart in 1989). The Japanese musical market is said to be the second largest in the world, after the United States.

Paul McCartney Tokyo Japan 1980

McCartney's band in Japan:

  • Paul 'Wix' Wickens (vocals, keyboards, guitar, percussion, harmonica)
  • Brian Ray (vocals, guitar, bass)
  • Rusty Anderson (vocals, guitar)
  • Abe Laboriel Jr (vocals, drums).
Paul's setlist in Tokyo Dome:
  • Eight Days A Week
  • Save Us
  • All My Loving
  • Listen To What The Man Said
  • Let Me Roll It
  • Paperback Writer
  • My Valentine
  • Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five
  • The Long And Winding Road
  • Maybe I'm Amazed
  • I've Just Seen A Face
  • We Can Work It Out
  • Another Day
  • And I Love Her
  • Blackbird
  • Here Today
  • New
  • Queenie Eye
  • Lady Madonna
  • All Together Now
  • Lovely Rita
  • Everybody Out There
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!
  • Something
  • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  • Band On The Run
  • Back In The USSR
  • Let It Be
  • Live And Let Die
  • Hey Jude
  • Day Tripper
  • Hi, Hi, Hi
  • Get Back
  • Yesterday
  • Helter Skelter
  • Golden Slumbers
  • Carry That Weight
  • The End

The "Out There" tour is famous among Beatles fans for, among other things, being the first time that Paul played "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite" in public. He told Rolling Stone:
Mr Kite! is such a crazy, oddball song that I thought it would freshen up the set. Plus the fact that I'd never done it. None of us in the Beatles ever did that song [in concert]. And I have great memories of writing it with John. I read, occasionally, people say, 'Oh, John wrote that one.' I say, 'Wait a minute, what was that afternoon I spent with him, then, looking at this poster?' He happened to have a poster in his living room at home. I was out at his house, and we just got this idea, because the poster said 'Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite' – and then we put in, you know, 'there will be a show tonight,' and then it was like, 'of course,' then it had 'Henry the Horse dances the waltz.' You know, whatever. 'The Hendersons, Pablo Fanques, somersets...' We said, 'What was 'somersets'? It must have been an old-fashioned way of saying somersaults.' The song just wrote itself. So, yeah, I was happy to kind of reclaim it as partially mine.
Paul McCartney Tokyo Japan 1980


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