CHICAGO (CBS) — Sir Paul McCartney enjoyed the embrace of the Friendly Confines Sunday night, and he’ll be back again Monday evening.
At his Sunday night engagement, McCartney said he wants to become part of the storied history of Wrigley Field, which will turn 100 years old in 2014.
Thousands of people enjoyed McCartney’s first concert ever inside Wrigley Field. Huge crowds also huddled around the stadium outside.
Chicago Tribune rock critic Greg Kot noted the 69-year-old McCartney’s energy during the show. He said the onetime Beatle was “wringing new rivers of passion from songs he’s played hundreds of times.”
McCartney opened with the 1967 Beatles classic “Hello Goodbye,” and went through an assortment of numbers both from his days with the Beatles and as a solo artist.
The oldest song on the set list was “All My Loving,” which dates from the early days of the Beatles in 1963. More recent solo numbers such as “Dance Tonight” from the 2007 album “Memory Almost Full” were also on the set list.
And not all of the Beatles numbers McCartney played were his own. Cover versions of the George Harrison-penned Beatles classic “Something” and the John Lennon solo number “Give Peace a Chance” also made the set list.
A Jimi Hendrix tribute also made the list, in the form of an instrumental version of “Foxy Lady.”
Perennials such as “Let It Be,” “Hey Jude,” “Live and Let Die” and “Band on the Run,” of course, were on the list. And in the second of two encores, McCartney followed “Yesterday” with his proto-metal White Album classic “Helter Skelter,” and the conclusion of the “Abbey Road” Side 2 medley – “Golden Slumbers,” “Carry That Weight,” and “The End.”
Kot says McCartney alternated between his Hofner electric bass, acoustic and electric guitars, and the piano.
Tickets are still available for McCartney’s second concert, which starts at 8 p.m. Monday ngiht.
McCartney last played Chicago in 2005.
Wrigley Field has hosted concerts for four of the last six years. The first were by Jimmy Buffett, who played a pair of Labor Day concerts in 2005.
The Police played at the ballpark in 2007, and Elton John and Billy Joel, as well as Rascal Flatts played in 2009. The Dave Matthews Band played the ballpark last year.
The Cubs agreed to take a year off from concerts in 2006 to ease the strain of the concerts on neighborhood residents. There also were no concerts at the ballpark in 2008.
Attendance for Cubs games has lagged this season, as the team has struggled.