“Dear Prince,” is how Paul McCartney said he began his fan letter to Prince. “I think you’re great.”
So Macca said Thursday night at Target Center as he closed his soldout two-night stand in Minneapolis.
The set list was exactly the same as the night before – all 40 songs. Most of the jokes and the patter were the same. Even McCartney’s outfit was the same, though he wore a different shirt. (All white, in case you’re wondering.)
Moreover, his shout-out to Prince was pretty much the same: “Minneapolis, Prince. Prince, Minneapolis. Yeah. He’s your man.” However, he wasn’t quite as loquacious and emotional about Prince on Thursday during the encore when the Beatle grafted about 75 seconds of Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" on to the end of Wings' "Hi Hi Hi.".
But Sir Paul did fess up about that fan letter to the Purple One. Wonder if it’s sitting in Prince’s vault?
McCartney was in better voice Thursday, though he sounded a little rough on his high notes. When he spoke, he didn’t sound like he was stuffed up, as had been the case on Wednesday.
Of course, he cracked wise when he read signs that fans in the crowd were holding. " 'Sign my butt,'” Macca read. “Well, let's have a look at it."
Actually, later in the 2 ¾-hour concert, the Beatle invited a sign holder onstage, which he didn’t do on Wednesday. It was Stella, 8, whose sign requested that McCartney sign her mother for Mother’s Day.
Stella’s mom admitted that it was her idea, not her daughter’s. But Sir Paul obliged by putting his signature on the Mom's arm. (see below).
Here is the set list delivered by McCartney and his four excellent musicians. By the by, about one-third of the list is different from what Macca played at Target Field in 2014, though the giant video screens and visuals were similar then and now.
A Hard Day’s Night/ Save Us/ Can’t Buy Me Love/ Letting Go/ Temporary Secretary/ Let Me Roll It/ Foxy Lady (Jimi Hendrix)/ I’ve Got a Feeling/ My Valentine/ Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five/ Here, There and Everywhere/ Maybe I’m Amazed/ We Can Work It Out/ In Spite of All the Danger (Quarrymen)/ You Won’t See Me/ Love Me Do/ And I Love Her/ Blackbird/ Here Today/ Queenie Eye/ New/ The Fool on the Hill/ Lady Madonna/ FourFiveSeconds (Rihanna/Kanye West/McCartney)/ Eleanor Rigby/ Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite/ Something/ Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da/ Band on the Run/ Back in the USSR/ Let It Be/ Live and Let Die/ Hey Jude ENCORE Yesterday/ Hi Hi Hi/ Let’s Go Crazy (Prince)/ Birthday/ Golden Slumbers/ Carry That Weight/ The End