The Rock 'n' Roll Curmudgeon Rides Again!

 
  Abbey Road (Photo   courtesy of Pixabay.com)

Abbey Road (Photo courtesy of Pixabay.com)

This first set-list envisions music from seventeen albums, spanning 1970 - 2013. Even the most casual Macca-head knows at least two-thirds of these songs. And the bonus is that artist, band, and audience break out of their comfort zones to new faves and revelations, just like we did years ago with “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Yesterday,” “Here, There, And Everywhere,” “Hey Jude,” and “Let It Be.”

And this band - Rusty Anderson - guitars, bass, vocals, Paul Wickens - keyboards, percussion, vocals, Brian Ray - guitars, bass, vocals, and Art Laboriel, Jr. - drums and the sweetest falsetto to cover Mac’s slowly fading high end - can pull it off with riffs to spare. By allowing McCartney the freedom to create again, and not recreate our collective, ever present past, we as an audience would finally pay Paul McCartney back for all the hope and resourcefulness he has given us - releasing him to reach his full manifestation - while we discover our own vivid humanity as ever evolving beings, released from the rock n roll museum we too often lock ourselves numbingly into.

Want another set-list? With the possible exceptions of “Live and Let Die” and “Band On The Run” which he has performed to the point of ad nauseam over the years, I’m going to try and not repeat a single tune from set-list #1 and, I’ll double down on my bet from before, even the most casual fan will recognize two thirds of these songs.

(#12, Venus and Mars, 1975)
(Electric Arguments, 2008)
(#10, 1973)
(B-side,Venus and Mars)
(#25, London Town, 1978)
(Electric Arguments)
(#39, Venus and Mars)
(Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, 2005)

(B-side, 1973)
(All The Best!, 1987)
(#20, Kisses On the Bottom, 2012)
(Golden Globe Best Song, 2009)
(Driving Rain, 2001)
(Band On The Run, 1973)

(#3, 1974)
(#4, w/Beyonce & Kayne, 2015)
(post-punk/pre-grunge, Press To Play, 1986)

(#21, Flowers in the Dirt)

(Flowers in the Dirt)
(New, 2013)
(Band On The Run, 1973)
(Ram, 1971)
(1984)
(Flaming Pie, 1997)

(Flaming Pie)
(Flowers in the Dirt)
(Ram)
(bside, 1970)
(#1, Tug of War, 1982)
(Flaming Pie)
(Flowers in the Dirt)
(#1, Venus and Mars)
(Electric Arguments)
(#1, Ram)

1. Venus and Mars/Rock Show
2. Dance Til We're High
3. Hi Hi Hi
4. Magneto and Titanium Man
5. I've Had Enough
6. Highway
7. Letting Go
8. Riding To Vanity Fair

9. C Moon                                  (solo piano)
10. Once Upon A Long Ago               "
11. My Valentine                                 “
12. (I Want to) Come Home               "
13. Your Loving Flame                       “
14. 1985                                             "

15. Junior's Farm
17. FortyFive Seconds
18. Angry
19. Big Boys Bickering
20. That Day Is Done

21. We Got Married                   (solo acoustic)
22. On My Way to Work                      "
23. Bluebird                                         "
24. Heart Of The Country                    "
25. On the Wings of a Nightingale
26. Little Willow                                    "

27. Flaming Pie
28. This One
29. Smile Away
30. O Woman O Why
31. Ebony And Ivory
32. Souvenir
33. Figure of Eight
34. Listen To What The Man Said
35. Sun Is Shining
36. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (#1, Ram)

Spanning his entire solo career from 1970-2015, this second set-list encompasses music from fourteen different albums, b-sides, a Golden Globe winner, three #1’s and five more songs that sat in the US Top Twenty when things like that meant something. 

Has McCartney written and released his share of clunkers? You bet, and I'm willing to wager he'd be the first to admit it. But you won't find any clunkers here, no matter how badly you want to hear “I’ve Just See A Face.” You won't find some of his biggest hits either, ie: “Comin' Up,” “Another Day,” “Let 'Em In,” “Silly Love Songs,” “With A Little Luck,” “Goodnight Tonight,” “Freedom”. . . And you can make an argument for many fan faves like “Back Seat of My Car,” “Dance Tonight,” “Same Time Next Year,” “Old Siam Sir,” “Girls School,” “Mrs. Vanderbilt,” “Single Pigeon,” or “Monkberry Moon Delight.”

Paul McCartney has given and continues to give us everything he has. The time has come for us to return even the slightest fraction of what he's given us. We can give him freedom from “Back In The USSR” and “Eleanor Rigby,” and with that freedom he can set the pace as he did so long ago.