Paul McCartney brought his One on One tour to a sold out crowd at Washington DC’s Verizon Center on August 10th for the first of a two night stand. The current tour is in support of his most recent album “New.” McCartney making his first DC appearance since 2013, was dressed in a blue jacket and white shirt with jeans talked of his love of the Washington DC area.
With only a few artists still touring that have been celebrated over multiple generations, this concert welcomes an audience appreciative of the musical history presented. McCartney’s almost three hour set went into his entire career covering every aspect from the Quarrymen, The Beatles, Wings, and his solo career. The recognition of what his audience expects as well noted by the thirty eight song set.
…A remarkable trip down memory lane presented by a legend like Paul McCartney…
McCartney’s touring band comprises of keyboardist Paul “Wix” Wickens, bassist and guitarist Brian Ray, guitarist Rusty Anderson, and drummer Abe Laboriel Jr.
Throughout the night he recognized his past with dedications to George Martin (“Love Me Do”) who produced much of the Beatles catalog. Paul went into the nervousness of the early recording the Beatles had made with Martin. For the George Harrison song “Something,” he played a ukulele that Harrison had given him. Paul’s dedication to John Lennon with the song “Here Today” provided one of the more emotional points of the show. His voice seemed to break as he went further into this song about a conversation he wished he had with his departed band mate. Remaining current by playing “Four Five Seconds,” his collaboration with Rhianna and Kanye West was provided a warm reaction by the audience, many who may not be familiar with this part of McCartney’s catalog.
The evening included a seven song acoustic set including we can “Work it Out” and “Blackbird.” The McCartney catalog depth enables him to change his set list every tour. This tour, “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Fool on the Hill” were reintroduced to the receptive audience which were not on recent treks.
The story for Back in the USSR explaining how the Russian Defense Minister told Paul his first record was “Love Me Do” and one of his assistants saying “Hello Goodbye” helped him learn English. Talking about how Jimi Hendrix learned “Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” for a performance only two days after the song had actually been released helped accentuate the Foxy Lady outro to “Let me Roll It.”
A couple fans had their evening’s made by being brought up on stage to show off their signs and receive an autograph on their body.
The breathtaking visuals for “Live and Let Die” included a video back drop showing fireworks. “Hey Jude” and “Let It Be” provided the audience the opportunity for the audience the chance to sing along with the legendary former Beatle without any encouragement. McCartney’s voice while deeper was still easy to listen.
There are very few musicians that can leave an audience wanting more even after such a complete retrospective as presented at the Verizon Center. This rock and roll Hall of Famer put together an evening that sets the bar for those who use him as a musical guide. A remarkable trip down memory lane presented by a legend like Paul McCartney has me paraphrasing the Beatles when my troubles were so far away, I believe in yesterday, even for a single wonderful evening. McCartney’s music is a treasure for any fan of music from the past fifty plus years. A single night for him to share his master works does not seem enough.
Paul McCartney’s One On One Tour at Verizon Center was a two night event. For more information about future tour dates, visit online.