Paul McCartney Rocks Out At Wrigley Field

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.

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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.

In addition to the Wrigley Field shows, McCartney played at Comerica Park in Detroit on July 24, and will appear at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Thursday.

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.

  • Centurion

    MCCARTNEY BORED THE LIVING SQUAT OUT OF PEOPLE! He played the same tired, boring songs that the radio shoves down your throat day after day. BACK IN THE USSR? PLease, go back…don’t ever get on stage in Chicago again.

    • dd

      You are crazy!!! I don’t know what concert you were at but from what I saw no one was bored and no one left! I think it’s you that’s boring!!!

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  • Centurion's Best Friend

    Centurion, how right you are! When we attended those Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber shows the music was so much better! Twenty years from now McCartney will be long forgotten and we’ll still be drinking wine sprtizers and feeding each other chocolate covered strawberries while listening to Party in the USA!

  • Vicky

    “Paul McCartney? What does he know about rock ‘n’ roll?” – my ex (guess his nationality)

  • Bob Mackenzie

    Vicky, sounds like he might be Canadian. After all, they have given the world rock ‘n’ roll heavyweights such as Gordon Lightfoot, Shania Twain, Gino Vanelli, Anne Murray, Justin Bieber, Percy Faith, Rush, Celine Dion and Bryan Adams. All the good ones (Neil Young, The Band) moved to the U.S.

  • Nick

    Centurion, write us back when you hit your 15th birthday.

  • Centurion


  • chrisfarleylives

    Centurion – your mother called, she wants her imac back
    The Beatles and Paul are timeless

  • Percy Thrillington

    Centurion, it’s 7pm – time for bed. You have a big day of trunacy and petty theft ahead of you!

  • Baron Von Rashky

    This limey sob should stay were he belongs,hes the a–hole who said that he was greater than GOD,typical.,time to call Orkin,

  • Dirk McQuickly

    Baron, actually he said they were bigger than Rod….Rod Stewart would not be big for another eight years.

  • Chicago Bob

    It was Lennon who said that they were “More popular than Jesus Christ.” Tasteless but correct at the time.

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