Last night (June 12th), Paul McCartney was the one-and-only guest on a special hour-long edition of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report. Although the tongue-in-cheek questioning amounted to little more than the same sort of softball questions he's been answering about his tenure in the Beatles and Wings for years, it was good to see that the signature "Beatle wit" was still razor sharp, alive, and well.
McCartney was promoting his new reissues of his 1976 live album Wings Over America and the concert film from the tour, Rockshow -- which is finally available on DVD and Blu-ray. "Macca" and his band performed five songs -- four of which are featured in both his current show and the 1976 reissues -- "I've Just Seen A Face," "Hi, Hi, Hi," "Listen To What The Man Said" and "Lady Madonna." The odd song out was the John Lennon Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band favorite, "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite," which McCartney premiered on his current road trek.
McCartney's guitarist Brian Ray told us that his job every night is to tread the fine line between replicating history and simply playing in the moment: "Y'know, for me, there are times that we're really tied to playing parts. We really enjoy and relish playing those parts with all of our might and with all of our love. And then there are times like on 'Hi, Hi, Hi,' there's a couple of signature licks you wanna get like the recording, but he really just wants me to wail. I was sticking with the record and he said, 'No, I just want you to really take off here' -- and then you're allowed to go free."
Paul McCartney tour dates (subject to change):
June 14 - Manchester, Tennessee - Bonnaroo Festival
June 22 - Warsaw, Poland - National Stadium
June 25 - Verona, Italy - Roman Amphitheatre
June 27 - Vienna, Austria - Happel Stadium
July 7 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
July 9 - Boston, MA - Fenway Park
July 12 - Washington, DC - Nationals Park
July 14 - Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse
July 16 - Milwaukee, WI - Miller Park
July 19 - Safeco Field - Seattle, Washington
July 23 - Quebec City, QC - Plains Of Abraham
August 9, 10, 11 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park (***Show Date TBA)
August 12 - Winnipeg, MB - Investors Group Field
August 14 - Regina, SK - Mosaic Stadium At Taylor Field
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