The word legend is banded around too often these days but what I’m about to say is an actual fact; Paul McCartney is a legend.
I shouldn’t need to explain but I’m going to anyway, not only was he a member of one of/ if not, the biggest band the world has ever seen (and I’m not talking about 1 Direction) but he’s also written some of the greatest pop songs of all time. AND he can still perform a 3 hour set at the age of 72! Need I go on???
Macca last played in Birmingham 12 years ago and it was clear to see that he still has an army of fans across the globe. His UK shows on this ‘Out There’ tour consisted of four shows (Birmingham along with two London dates and a Liverpool show) and the audience did not disappoint. From the moment he appeared on stage the Birmingham crowd cheered and sang along. For a set list to comprise two out of the three opening songs as The Beatles songs you know you’re in for something special.
The 40 song set list comprised of The Beatles songs such as ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, ‘We Can Work It Out’ and a beautiful acoustic rendition of ‘Blackbird’ performed on a raised platform at the front of the stage, Wings hits like ‘Band On The Run’ and tracks from Paul’s latest album ‘New’ which didn’t sound out of place next to the classics.
The penultimate track of the main set was ‘Live and Let Die’ which had more fireworks and pyrotechnics than most shows have on a whole tour! This was swiftly followed by a mass singalong to ‘Hey Jude’ where the crowd became part of the band with some admirable backing vocals.
For a man of 72 he doesn’t seem that age. Macca engages with the audience, he tells stories of when he wrote the songs and brings a personal touch by telling how his grandchildren perceive their Grandad being a rock star.
The final song of the night is The Beatles’ ‘The End’ which is a rather fitting end to a night enjoyed by all in attendance.
It is unclear whether Macca will tour the UK again but one thing is for sure, this show will go down in Barclaycard Arena history as one of the great shows performed in the city centre.
Reviewed by Adam Clements