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Got Back

Got Back is a concert tour by English musician Paul McCartney, that started on 28 April 2022 and is set to end on 16 December 2023. The tour is McCartney's first following the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in the cancellation of a planned European leg of his Freshen Up tour in 2020, which included a planned performance at Glastonbury Festival. McCartney performed at Glastonbury on 25 June 2022, as a conclusion to the first leg of the Got Back tour.

The setlist for Got Back, as with McCartney's other concert tours as a solo artist, includes songs by his former bands the Beatles and Wings, as well as songs from his solo career. In addition to McCartney, the tour band includes Rusty Anderson on guitar, Brian Ray on guitar and bass, Paul "Wix" Wickens on keyboards, and Abe Laboriel Jr. on drums, along with the brass trio Hot City Horns. Originally planned for fourteen stops on the tour, a second date in both Oakland, California, and Boston were later added, for a total of sixteen concerts across the United States. On July 31 2023, McCartney announced he would resume the Got Back tour, beginning with seven shows in Australia, followed by a Latin American leg.

Background[]

The Got Back tour is McCartney's first series of live shows since 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the cancellation of the final European leg of his previous tour in 2020, which included a planned performance at Glastonbury Festival as the final show. During the pandemic in 2020, McCartney recorded and released his 18th solo album, McCartney III. In 2021, the three-part documentary series The Beatles: Get Back, directed and produced by Peter Jackson, was released on Disney+. The series covers the making of the album Let It Be by McCartney's former band the Beatles, utilizing footage and audio captured for a 1970 documentary film of the same name.

The dates for the Got Back tour were announced on 18 February 2022. The tour was originally planned to have fourteen stops. On 25 February 2022, it was announced that a second concert would be held at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, on 8 June, in addition to the already-announced concert on 7 June. On 11 March, it was then announced that the concert planned for 6 May at Oakland Arena in Oakland, California, would be followed by a second concert in the same venue on 8 May (Mother's Day), bringing the total number of planned stops on the tour to sixteen.

Following the conclusion of the North American leg of the tour, McCartney headlined at the Glastonbury Festival on 25 June, in a 160-minute set, with special guests Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen.

Overview[]

The setlist for the Got Back tour consists of over 30 songs, including songs by the Beatles and Wings, as well as songs from McCartney's solo career. Each concert runs for around 2 hours and 40 minutes. The pre-show featured a scrolling video slide show of images of McCartney and the Beatles, culminating in an animated image of McCartney's Höfner bass.

The sixth song on the setlist is Wings' "Let Me Roll It", which segues into a snippet of "Foxy Lady" as a tribute to Jimi Hendrix. The ninth song on the setlist is "My Valentine", a song from McCartney's solo career, accompanied by a video of Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp gesturing in sign language. The 16th song on the setlist, the Beatles' "Blackbird", features McCartney singing while playing acoustic guitar, elevated about six metres (20 feet) in the air, in front of a large LED display. "Blackbird" is followed by another acoustic performance, "Here Today", a song which McCartney wrote about his former Beatles bandmate John Lennon after Lennon's murder in 1980. The 22nd song on the setlist, the George Harrison-penned "Something", begins with McCartney playing a ukulele which Harrison gave to him. The 28th song on the setlist, Wings' "Live and Let Die", involves the use of pyrotechnics, including flames and fireworks.

The Spokesman-Review and The Dallas Morning News noted the absence of the Beatles song "Back in the U.S.S.R.", a usual staple of McCartney's live concerts, from the setlist, in light of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. Immediately preceding the encore at each stop on the tour, McCartney and his fellow band members left the stage and each returned with a flag: the flag of the United Kingdom, the flag of the country they were performing in, an LGBT pride flag, and, in 2022, the flag of Ukraine, as well as the state flag of whichever US state the concert took place in (for example, the flag of Texas at the show in Fort Worth, Texas, and the flag of Florida at the show in Hollywood, Florida).

The encore of the show is composed of the Beatles songs "I've Got a Feeling", "Birthday", "Helter Skelter", and "Golden Slumbers" / "Carry That Weight" / "The End". "I've Got a Feeling" was originally written and sung by McCartney and John Lennon and included on the Let It Be album. The performances of this song during the tour included a "video duet" between McCartney and Lennon, using footage restored for the Get Back documentary of Lennon performing the song with the Beatles during their 1969 rooftop concert. Jackson had isolated the vocals of Lennon after conceiving the idea of having Lennon "sing" along with McCartney and his live band; he told McCartney, "We can extract John's voice, and he can sing with you," to which McCartney replied, "Oh, yeah!"

On the final stop of the North American leg of the tour, on 16 June at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, McCartney was joined on stage during the concert by New Jersey-born musicians Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi. Springsteen, with McCartney and McCartney's band, performed the Springsteen song "Glory Days", as well as the Beatles' "I Wanna Be Your Man". During the show's encore, Bon Jovi appeared on stage with balloons and sang "Happy Birthday" to McCartney, who turned 80 years old on 18 June. Springsteen returned during the final song, "The End", playing guitar.

Standard setlist[]

Standard 2022 setlist[]

  1. "Can't Buy Me Love"
  2. "Junior's Farm"
  3. "Letting Go"
  4. "Got to Get You into My Life"
  5. "Come On to Me"
  6. "Let Me Roll It" (with "Foxy Lady" coda)
  7. "Getting Better"
  8. "Let 'Em In" or "Women and Wives"
  9. "My Valentine"
  10. "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five"
  11. "Maybe I'm Amazed"
  12. "I've Just Seen a Face" or "We Can Work It Out"
  13. "In Spite of All the Danger"
  14. "Love Me Do"
  15. "Dance Tonight"
  16. "Blackbird"
  17. "Here Today"
  18. "New" or "Queenie Eye"
  19. "Lady Madonna"
  20. "Fuh You"
  21. "Jet" (added from 8 June 2022)
  22. "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"
  23. "Something"
  24. "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
  25. "You Never Give Me Your Money"
  26. "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window"
  27. "Get Back"
  28. "Band on the Run"
  29. "Let It Be"
  30. "Live and Let Die"
  31. "Hey Jude"

Encore[]

  1. "I've Got a Feeling" (virtual duet with John Lennon)
  2. "Birthday"
  3. "Helter Skelter"
  4. "Golden Slumbers"
  5. "Carry That Weight"
  6. "The End"

Standard 2023 setlist[]

  1. "Can't Buy Me Love" or "A Hard Day's Night"
  2. "Junior's Farm"
  3. "Letting Go"
  4. "She's A Woman"
  5. "Got to Get You into My Life"
  6. "Come On to Me" or "Coming Up"
  7. "Let Me Roll It" (with "Foxy Lady" coda)
  8. "Getting Better"
  9. "Let 'Em In"
  10. "My Valentine"
  11. "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five"
  12. "Maybe I'm Amazed"
  13. "I've Just Seen a Face"
  14. "In Spite of All the Danger"
  15. "Love Me Do"
  16. "Dance Tonight"
  17. "Blackbird"
  18. "Here Today"
  19. "New" or "Queenie Eye"
  20. "Lady Madonna"
  21. "Fuh You"
  22. "You Never Give Me Your Money"
  23. "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window"
  24. "Jet"
  25. "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"
  26. "Something"
  27. "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
  28. "Band on the Run"
  29. "Get Back"
  30. "Let It Be"
  31. "Live and Let Die"
  32. "Hey Jude"

Encore[]

  1. "I've Got a Feeling" (virtual duet with John Lennon)
  2. "Birthday" or "I Saw Her Standing There"
  3. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)"
  4. "Helter Skelter"
  5. "Golden Slumbers"
  6. "Carry That Weight"
  7. "The End"
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