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Review: Paul McCartney, 02 Dublin


Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney

HAMBUG, Berlin, Arnhem, Paris, Cologne, London, Dublin. Thank God we got a look in on this short 'Good Evening Europe' tour as this was more than a little bit special.

Shortly after eight, Sir Paul McCartney, pictured left, and his band take to the stage with the magical words, "Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour." Three hours of a magical musical mystery tour follows that includes some of the greatest songs ever written.

It's hard to comprehend the fact that McCartney is 67, still possessing a boyish Peter Pan streak and boasting an impressive Beatles mop top after all these years.

The most successful musician and composer in popular musical history delivers a set of back to back Beatles classics. The only bone of contention after the show is whether this was better than the RDS in 2003 or not. I'd plump for tonight without hesitation.

Some of my favourite Beatles songs that didn't get aired back then are pure gold tonight. 'I've Got a Feeling', 'Back in the USSR', 'A Day in the Life', 'Paperback Writer', 'Helter Skelter', 'Let it Be', 'Drive My Car', 'Day Tripper' 'Can't Buy Me Love' and many, many more make this one of the finest live performances of recent memory. 'Hey Jude' is one of the most euphoric, uplifting and thrilling experiences ever.

Macca is as ever the consummate entertainer, showing off a very respectable grasp of Irish with his cúpla focal and charming stage manner. Former Wings member Henry McCulloch gets a shout out from the stage -- incidentally, the only Irishman to play Woodstock.

McCartney looks like he's having the time of his life and the audience are certainly high on emotion. After a bumper set of encores and nearly 40 songs, McCartney sadly has to go. It really doesn't get any better than this.

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