Thursday, April 14, 2016

Paul Does "A Hard Day's Night" Live

Paul McCartney One to One tour

Everybody knows that a lot of the Beatles classics were sung lead by John Lennon, and that distinctive sound can never be reproduced completely by anyone else. "A Hard Day's Night" is one of those songs. However, Paul gives it a go here on 13 April 2016 in Fresno, California, kicking off his One on One tour.

I've listened to a lot of renditions of this song, and it's extremely "hard" to get right. Paul does an absolutely magnificent job reproducing the sound. No, it is not John, but Paul obviously has worked on this and gotten the sound down pat. Obviously, his own middle 8 bit is spot on and nobody will ever do that better than him.

His voice is in excellent shape, though if it stays that way for his entire tour remains to be seen. He has a really seasoned backup band by now, he's actually been with these fellows longer than with anyone else, and the sound is about as perfect as you ever will get. It is a tribute band at this point, perhaps, but better than any other tribute band ever will be.

The Beatles (Paul and John) supposedly came up with this song in three hours. Ringo chipped in the title and they went from there. Paul had never performed this song live solo and hadn't done it at all since San Francisco in '65. That's just amazing - the guy has not done this since 1965, and here it is 2016, over fifty years later. And he comes out and does it perfectly. How many people could ever say that about anything?

Nice job.

Paul McCartney One to One tour

Paul McCartney Set List, April 13, 2016, Fresno:
  1. “A Hard Day’s Night”
  2. “Save Us”
  3. “Can’t Buy Me Love”
  4. “Letting Go”
  5. “Temporary Secretary”
  6. “Let Me Roll It”
  7. “I’ve Got a Feeling”
  8. “My Valentine”
  9. “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five”
  10. “Here, There and Everywhere”
  11. “Maybe I’m Amazed”
  12. “We Can Work It Out”
  13. “In Spite of All the Danger”
  14. “You Won’t See Me”
  15. “Love Me Do”
  16. “And I Love Her”
  17. “Blackbird”
  18. “Here Today”
  19. “Queenie Eye”
  20. “New”
  21. “The Fool on the Hill”
  22. “Lady Madonna”
  23. “FourFiveSeconds”
  24. “Eleanor Rigby”
  25. “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!”
  26. “Something”
  27. “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”
  28. “Band on the Run”
  29. “Back in the U.S.S.R.”
  30. “Let It Be”
  31. “Live and Let Die”
  32. “Hey Jude”
  33. “Yesterday”
  34. “Hi, Hi, Hi”
  35. “Birthday”
  36. “Golden Slumbers”
  37. “Carry That Weight”
  38. “The End”
Notice there are 38 songs, and all hits. Now, who else could do that using just his own songs?


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