Friday, January 30, 2015

Paul Returns to Japan in 2015

Paul McCartney Wings
Our favorite itinerant former Beatle performs at a concert in Atlanta in October 2014. 

Paul McCartney returned to Japan.

One is tempted to put after that, 'for more punishment,' but I will be kind.

Paul has had more personal issues with his (scheduled) Japanese tours than anywhere else on earth (and he plays a lot of places. Playing in Red Square in Moscow is nothing next to being on the stage in Tokyo.

Twice previously, Paul went to the trouble of jetting to Japan - basically just a comfortable overnight flight for a man with his resources - only to wind up not playing a single note. Yes, he did manage to pull it off somehow in the early '90s, but that was the exception that proves the rule.

We all wished Paul good luck and Godspeed. And that he wouldn't fly there on Malaysian Airlines, the airline of the disappearing planes.

Paul sounded good, though he did sound kind of squeaky in that video above. Fortunately, he did not come down with something ... again.

He announced that he would be performing in Japan in April to make up for canceling the previous 2014 tour in the country. Now 72, Paul arrived in Japan in May 2014 for shows in Tokyo and Osaka. However, he called off all of his performances after coming down with a virus. At least that was a better reason than 1980 when he couldn't perform because he was in jail.

Paul McCartney Wings
The abortive 1980 Wings tour left a mark.

Paul had a (surprisingly light) schedule in Japan of only four dates - which, all things considered, and with no intended slight on our Japanese friends, is probably wise. One wonders at the economics of hauling all his stuff and people over there for such a limited schedule, but, hey, he's the billionaire, not me.

We’re coming back, and we are going to rock, we’re going to roll, we’re going to do it together. Let’s have some fun,” Paul promises in his video message above, made available January 29, 2015.

According to Kyodo Tokyo Inc., which organized the tour, Mr. McCartney performed on April 21 in Osaka and on April 23, 25 and 27 at Tokyo Dome. Tickets were available for reservation starting at ¥14,000 ($118).

The betting was that, if demand was there, Paul would add some dates. That's the way Paul rolls, he likes to satisfy the fans when he can. Once he's on the ground and happy, he would probably be willing to spend all spring there if the fans were into it. Japan also happens to be the second largest record outlet in the world after the U.S., so it's good promotion as well. Paul did return - in 2017.

The setlist for 28 April 2015 at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan:
  • Can't Buy Me Love (The Beatles song)
  • Save Us
  • All My Loving (The Beatles song)
  • One After 909 (The Beatles song)
  • Let Me Roll It (Wings song) (with Jimi Hendrix "Foxy Lady" snippet)
  • Paperback Writer (The Beatles song)
  • My Valentine
  • Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five (Wings song)
  • Maybe I'm Amazed
  • I've Just Seen a Face (The Beatles song)
  • Another Day
  • Dance Tonight
  • We Can Work It Out (The Beatles song)
  • And I Love Her (The Beatles song)
  • Blackbird (The Beatles song) 
  • New
  • Lady Madonna (The Beatles song)
  • Another Girl (The Beatles song) (live debut)
  • Got to Get You Into My Life (The Beatles song)
  • Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (The Beatles song)
  • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (The Beatles song)
  • Back in the U.S.S.R. (The Beatles song)
  • Let It Be (The Beatles song)
  • Live and Let Die (Wings song)
  • Hey Jude (The Beatles song)
  • Yesterday (The Beatles song)
  • Birthday (The Beatles song)
  • Golden Slumbers (The Beatles song)
  • Carry That Weight (The Beatles song)
  • The End (The Beatles song)
As always, Paul gave fans their money's worth with a full setlist and even a live debut of "Another Girl."


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Beatles Puppets!

Beatles Puppets

Beatles puppets!

Beatles Puppets

This is too cute to ignore.

Beatles Puppets

Credit where credit is due, this is a great homage to Paul and the boys!

Beatles Puppets

Let's hear it for the boys!

Beatles Puppets