MACCA’S BACK —Paul McCartney began the latest leg of his One on One tour with a lengthy show at the American Airlines Arena in Miami Friday night (July 7). The set list, which can be viewed below, contained his earliest recorded song and some of his most recent ones.
One-third of the way through the evening, he broke into “In Spite of All the Danger,” which he and George Harrison wrote in 1958 when they were in the Quarrymen. The recording was released in 1995 on the first disc of the Anthology trilogy. But he also didn’t ignore his 21st century output, playing “My Valentine,” three songs from New — “Save Us,” “Queenie Eye” and “New” — and “FourFiveSeconds,” his hit 2015 collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West.
In addition to Harrison, who was honored with “Something,” he also paid tribute to the other two Beatles. He sang his song about John Lennon. “Here Today” — as well as the Lennon-penned “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” — and he dedicated “Birthday” to both Ringo Starr, who turned 77 Friday, and his father, Jim, who was born on July 7, 1902.
While many of the chestnuts expected from a McCartney concert — “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Let It Be,” “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Live and Let Die,” “Band on the Run,” “Yesterday,” “Hey Jude” — were played, he did an admirable job of rotating songs from his vast catalog. On this night, and on recent legs of the One on One tour, he’s brought out “You Won’t See Me,” “Love Me Do,” “Temporary Secretary” and Wings‘ “Letting Go.” Not bad for a 75-year old!
The concert was supposed to take place two days earlier but, according to SouthFlorida.com, it was pushed back two days to a desire to make “production enhancements.” McCartney’s tour continues on Monday in Tampa and will run through July 25 in Tinley Park, Ill. He’ll also play a handful of dates in the Northeast and Detroit between Sept. 11 and Oct. 1. You can see the complete calendar here.
Paul McCartney, American Airlines Arena, July 7, 2017 Set List
1. “A Hard Day’s Night”
2. “Save Us”
3. “Can’t Buy Me Love”
4. “Letting Go”
5. “Temporary Secretary”
6. “Let Me Roll It”
7. “I’ve Got a Feeling”
8. “My Valentine”
9. “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five”
10. “Maybe I’m Amazed”
11. “We Can Work It Out”
12. “In Spite of All the Danger”
13. “You Won’t See Me”
14. “Love Me Do”
15. “And I Love Her”
17. “Here Today”
18. “Queenie Eye”
20. “The Fool on the Hill”
21. “Lady Madonna”
23. “Eleanor Rigby”
24. “I Wanna Be Your Man”
25. “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!”
27. “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”
28. “Band on the Run”
29. “Back in the U.S.S.R.”
30. “Let It Be”
31. “Live and Let Die”
32. “Hey Jude”
34. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)”
35. “Hi, Hi, Hi”
37. “Golden Slumbers” / “Carry That Weight” / “The End”
“Can’t Buy Me Love”
RINGO’s LOVE — Ringo Starr announced on his 77th birthday (July 7) that his next album, Give More Love, will be released by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) on CD and digital formats on Sept. 15. The title track is available now to those who pre-order the album. The album which was recorded at his home studio, will also be released on vinyl Sept. 22. The album includes help from many of his friends, among them: Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Peter Frampton, Benmont Tench, Nathan East, Dave Stewart, Don Was, Gary Nicholson and Timothy B. Schmit and current Ringo All-Starr Steve Lukather.
“In many ways, you have to get lucky,” the former Beatles drummer told writer David Wild in discussing the new album. “But in a lot of ways, I’ve been playing a long time, I know some really great players, and that really helps. And I do have more energy than I had 25 years ago anyway. Now I make my albums at home. We do it in the guesthouse. I don’t know exactly what I’m going to get each time, but this one seemed to have its own great energy from the start.”
That energy includes from his fellow Beatle Paul McCartney, who, along with Walsh, Winter and Lukather, is heard on “We’re On the Road Again.”
“I go in that room there — a bedroom with two drum kits — and I just play what I think is right,” Starr told Wild. “Usually there’s not more than two takes for me. That’s when it’s emotionally more powerful than when I learn it properly. The point is that I’m still learning, still playing and still loving it. That’s what keeps me making new music here and now, and that’s what keeps me ‘On the Road Again,’ to quote the song that gets the album going. I’m happy to say that like the song says, I still have ‘a lot going on and a lot to do.’ And I’m still ‘counting the hours ’til we get to play for you.’”
Ringo says he’s found a recording process that works for him. “We go a lot with what happens in the room and in the moment. I’m not going to tell Steve Lukather what to play on guitar or Paul McCartney on bass. I remember I once asked Benmont Tench, ‘How do you play exactly what I want you to play?’ And Benmont said, ‘I just watch you dance.’ And it’s true – I dance and cheer them on because I love what they do. We have a rapport with all the players and none of us have attitude, and none of us are afraid to just rock.”
Starr says Give More Love was originally planned as a country album. “Dave Stewart and I were going to go down to Nashville and do a country album there. So we thought we should write a few country songs for when we get there. The first one we wrote here in the house was called ‘So Wrong for So Long.’ Then I got offered another tour with the All-Starr Band, and it was an offer I couldn’t resist. That’s how I ended up making another album at home and writing all kinds of songs with all kinds of friends – everybody giving more love, and just letting the music flow.”
Besides the 10 tracks, the album includes four bonus tracks — “Back Off Boogaloo,” “You Can’t Fight Lightning,” “Photograph” and “Don’t Pass Me By” – that are new versions of old Starr-classics. His new take on “Back Off Booglaloo” is based on the original recording Starr made, which he discovered during a recent move. The other three are newly recorded collaborations based on performances from Starr’s 2016 Peace & Love birthday event. Alberta Cross and Starr perform “You Can’t Fight Lightning” while Vandaveer does “Photograph” and “Don’t Pass Me By.”
In what’s become an annual tradition, Starr publicly celebrated his birthday at the Capitol Records tower in Los Angeles with friends including brother-in-law Joe Walsh, filmmaker David Lynch, singer Jenny Lewis, Ringo All-Starr band drummer Gregg Bissonette and former Ringo All-Starr Band member Edgar Winter. Starr thanked the crowd for coming and repeated his “peace and love” mantra over several times. Other celebrations were held around the world.
SHORT TAKES — Tonight at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC, Robert Miller’s Project Grand Slam will celebrate the release last week of their new (5th) album, The PGS Experience, which features their single “Fishin’” with jazz-darling Mindy Abair. We’ll have details Wednesday … PS: Miller’s Project Grand Slam opens for Blues Traveler July 15 in New Jersey … Micky Dolenz’s music director and Guitarist Wayne Avers hasreleased a new CD called The Wayne Avers Group; with Dolenz-band member bassist John Billings along for the ride. We loved the album, especially Avers’ take on The Beatles’ “Come Together” and Clapton’s “Layla.” We also loved “Apache” and The Monkees’ “For Pete’s Sake.” Just excellent work. For purchases, contact Jodi Ritzen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Excellent work! …Don’t forget Gooch & The Motion at B. B. King’s Wednesday, July 12 opening for Walter Trout … Porter Block at The Space in Westbury on July 22 and Rockwood Music Hall on July 24 … And, lastly, Dolenz and Mark Lindsay kick off their 50 Summers Of Love tour this Friday in San Diego. They’ll be here on the East Coast at the end of the month: Thursday, July 27 in New Jersey and Friday, July 28 at Westbury.