New York City was host to a well kept secret that just about every hardcore fan knew about in advance, including the media. Paul McCartney appeared live with his energetic young band in an intimate setting at the Highline Ballroom on Wednesday, June 13, 2007. So much for keeping things secret.

     Possibly the first of its kind on U.S. soil, Sir Paul recently played a previous small club date in London last week and has plans to perform once more for Los Angeles residents. These three theater performances are all part of a limited promotional campaign in conjunction with the release of Memory Almost Full, McCartney's new studio album.

     Curiously, Macca did not perform "When I'm Sixty-four" live, the perfect song to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Literally under a week from his next birthday, surely Paul could have dusted off this during his last remaining days at 64.

     McCartney ventured back to appear on stage at Liverpool's world famous Cavern Club on December 14, 1999, as a major promotional appearance for Run Devil Run. This momentous performance was eventually released on DVD. Maybe Paul has plans for another close quarters DVD in the near future.

NYC setlist: Drive My Car * Only Mama Knows * Dance Tonight * C Moon * The Long And Winding Road * I'll Follow the Sun * Calico Skies * That Was Me * Blackbird * Here Today * Back In The USSR * Nod Your Head * House of Wax * I've Got A Feeling * Matchbox * Get Back * Baby Face > Hey Jude * Encore: Let It Be * Lady Madonna * I Saw Her Standing There

RockonTour   Issue #69
Concert Fan - the Single Source for the Concertphile © 2007 RoT
                  the Single Source for the Concertphile

Getting closer to please his loyal fans
Paul McCartney welcomes fans to an intimate club gig in the Big Apple

by Timothy Tilghman