Get back: McCartney's five earlier Twin Cities concerts

  • Article by: JON BREAM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 31, 2014 - 1:32 PM

A look back at McCartney’s performances in the Twin Cities

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Paul McCartney and Wings performed in June 1976 at the St. Paul Civic Center Arena, with a set list that included few Beatles tunes.

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Aug. 21, 1965

Met Stadium, the Beatles • ticket prices: $3.50-$5.50

It was historical and hysterical. The Fab Four played 12 songs on a stage near second base. None of the fans got very close to the stage and the sound system was woefully inadequate, but it was still John, Paul, George and Ringo in person at the height of Beatlemania. The 28,000 fans screamed, and the Beatles made $50,000 for a 30-minute performance. Grade: C-plus but who knew better?

June 6, 1976

St. Paul Civic Center with Wings • $8.50

There were lasers, stage fog, smoke bombs, bubbles, film and, of course, Linda McCartney on keyboards and background vocals. Paul was in good spirits and voice. The performance was a generous 2¼ hours but featured only five Beatles numbers, including “Yesterday,” and an unexpected cover of Paul Simon’s “Richard Cory.” “Silly Love Songs” was Wings’ hit of the moment. Need we say more? Grade: B

May 23, 1993

Metrodome • $32.50

He was in good voice, his energy was unflagging and his personality filled the Dome. Not only were 18 of the 32 songs from the Beatles, he did an acoustic set (including “Good Rockin’ Tonight” and “We Can Work It Out”) and used artful and imaginative visuals (including photos by Henri Cartier-Bresson). Despite less than desirable acoustics, this concert was a splendid combination of emotion, texture and nostalgia. Grade: A-minus

Sept. 23, 2002

Xcel Energy Center • $55-$250

It was a love-in, with his new, younger backup band invigorating the veteran pop icon for 2½ hours. There were some special emotional moments, including “Here Today” dedicated to John Lennon and a solo ukulele version of “Something” dedicated to George Harrison, who had died 10 months earlier. There were plenty of Wings and solo tunes among the 36 songs, but it was pretty much one Beatles thrill after another for the final 90 minutes. Grade: B-plus

Oct. 26, 2005

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