Paul McCartney, “I Bleed Dodger Blue” (Piccadilly Circus PCCD – 205/206)
Eight Days a Week / Save Us / All My Loving / Listen to What the Man Said / Let Me Roll It – Foxy Lady / Paperback Writer / My Valentine / Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five / The Long and Winding Road / Maybe I’m Amazed / I’ve Just Seen a Face / We Can Work It Out / Another Day / And I Love Her / Blackbird / Here Today / New / Queenie Eye / Lady Madonna / All Together Now (79:44)
Lovely Rita / Everybody Out There / Eleanor Rigby / Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! / Something / Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da / Band on the Run / Back in the U.S.S.R. / Let It Be / Live and Let Die / Hey Jude /
Day Tripper / Hi, Hi, Hi / I Saw Her Standing There / Yesterday / Helter Skelter / Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End (79:44)
46 years gone, Paul McCartney finally returned to the famed Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on the 10th of August, 2014 with his merry band for another date on his headlining, exciting, reenergising “Out There” tour for his 2013, critically acclaimed “New” album. A massive return to form for his songwriting and composing skills but just another day at the office on the road for 72 year old Macca.
Paul last played this stadium with the Beatles in 1966 on the Fabs final live tour and so it’s with much hubris that Macca was calling back again,
The Piccadilly Circus have picked up where they left off last time, picking up tapes and chronicling Macca’s tours to offer the fans their choice of collecting the show that they attended or ‘fixing a hole’ in their collections.
Tonights show comes from a very good audience recording beginning just mere seconds before the opening, “Eight Days A Week”, Paul’s voice is very clear, his band, a tiny bit distant and there is a little audience noise that pushes the red when the applause gets a little too much or gets in the way of Macca’s chatter but it’s nothing that offends or casts too much shadow on the music.
As normal for this tour, there is a standard rotation of a set list, Beatles, solo and Wings songs threaded through the set, bumping against each other, although the ‘Let It Be’ track, “Get Back” wasn’t played tonight, Paul is becoming more relaxed and chatty with his shows again after the McCartney-Mills years, adding a few more stories or additions to his tales and did something that has also happened a couple of times before in the past couple of years, he signed a fans arm so that they might get his name tattooed on their arms. That this was off the back of a daughter holding up a sign imploring Macca do this for her mum must have sent him giddy.
The packing is Misterclaudel’s / Piccadilly Circus’ standard glossy covers, a brilliantly poppy design with full cover photos from the gig and venue themselves, the rear of the front insert advertising more new shows to be released, inside theres a rubber stamped warning against a particular supplier whom the label seems to have a problem with tucked inside. Don’t we just love a good fight?
The running time for each disk is a wealthy 79:44 each. Something that bemused me at first but they are different disks, Macca plays for so long nowadays, no one could claim bad value for money.
A nice set for your 2014 collection, especially if you attended but for those outside of the circle of the stadium that night, a great collectable all the same.