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McCartney Night 2: He details fan letter to Prince, autographs a mom's arm

 

 

“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 

 

 

'Dear White People,' shot in Minnesota, to become Netflix series

"Dear White People," the critically acclaimed indie shot entirely on the University of Minnesota campus, is being made into a TV series.

Netflix announced Thursday that has signed off on a 10-episode series that will go into production later this year with a premiere date in 2017.

Lucinda Winter, executive director for the Minnesota Film and TV Board, said it;s too early to say whether the streaming service and its production partner Lionsgate will shoot the comedy in the Twin Cities, but she was quick to reach out Thursday morning to creator Justin Simien, who will also write the series and direct the first episode.

"I just congratulated him by e-mail," Winter said. "It wasn't the right time to say, 'I hope you'll be shooting here.'"

The ultimate decision on where to film the show will be up to Netflix and its production partner, Lionsgate, but Winter said she's got strong cheerleaders in Simien and original film producer Effie Brown, who has since gone on to work for the company run by "Empire" creator Lee Daniels.

"They ran around Los Angeles saying how great their experience was shooting in Minneapolis and that really matters out there," she said.

The University of Minnesota was always an odd shooting location for "White People," which told the tale of four minority students adapting to life at an Ivy League college. But Simien was atttracted to the state  -- and not only for the Snowbate financial incentives, which reimburses some production expenses.

"The campus was perfect, with all the things we were looking for," Simien told the Star Tribune in 2014. "I had a lot of buddies with connections to the Guthrie and the Children's Theatre Company who had recommendations for local talent I was casting. So many people walked into the room were spot-on perfect."

Several cast members had Minnesota connections, including male lead Brandon P. Bell, who got his start at the Penumbra Theatre and attended three different Minneapolis high schools.

It was unclear whether Bell and other actors from the film would appear in the TV show.

Only a handful of series have ever shot in the Twin Cities,but the newish rebate service -- and growing respect for local talent both in front of and behind the camera - may start to change that.

Netflix's "Lady Dynamite," starring Duluth native Maria Bamford, spent more than a week shooting in Woodbury, which doubles as the comic's hometown. That autobiographical sitcom drops later this month. Winter is also hopeful that Kathryn Bigelow's series, "Recruiters," which is set in the Twin Cities, will actually shoot here. HBO hasn't officially given the series the green light, but a pilot is expected to be shot later this year. Winter said the shooting location is between Toronto and Minneapolis.

"That would be a game changer," she said.