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Published: 2009/07/20

The Fireman and The Piano Man

On Friday night Paul McCartney brought his current touring group to New York City’s Citi Field. This performance took place nearly 44 years after the Beatles opened their 1965 North American tour at Citi Field’s predecessor, Shea Stadium. That facility saw its final concert event on July 18 of last year in which Billy Joel brought out McCartney for a version of ‘Let It Be.’ Sir Paul returned the favor on Friday night, as Joel joined in on piano during ‘I Saw Her Standing There,’ which closed out McCartney’s first three song encore sequence. All in all, McCartney performed upwards of 30 tunes at Citi Field, drawing on all phases of his career, but heavily weighted towards Beatles material (with a good share of Wings songs, including ‘Jet,’ ‘Band on the Run’ and ‘Live and Let Die’), opening with ‘Drive My Car’ and closing out his second encore with a move from ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)’ into ‘The End.’ During the course of the show he also delivered a tribute to the late John Lennon with A Day in the Life and Give Peace a Chance.’ In addition, McCartney also delivered up a couple songs from his last recording as The Fireman: ‘Highway’ and ‘Sing The Changes.’

McCartney will return to Citi Field for a performance on Tuesday.

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