Paul McCartney, “Out There Tokyo” (No label DVD)
Disk one; Pre-Show / Opening / Eight Days A Week / Save Us / All My Loving / Listen To What The Man Said / Let Me Roll It / 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 / Lovely Rita / Everybody Out There / Eleanor Rigby / Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
Disk two; 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 / Get Back / Yesterday / Helter Skelter / Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End – Live At Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan November 21st 2013
Birthday / Get Back / I Saw Her Standing There / Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band / With A Little Help From my Friends (With Ringo Starr) / Hey Jude (With Ringo Starr) (Live at the Los Angeles Convention centre, Los Angeles, CA. 27th January 2014
Queenie Eye (With Ringo Starr) (Live at Staples centre, Los Angeles, CA. 26th January, 2014)
Paul McCartney’s show at the Tokyo Dome on the 21st of November, 2013 Is documented with a splendid proshot – presumably broadcast on Japanese TV in full as there is a small smudge in the top right hand corner of the screen obscuring the broadcasters logo – DVD, documenting just one of the shows from Macca’s “Out There Tour” – the shows don’t change much as we know but then, that means we’re not missing much!
The DVD starts with a short, backstage, acoustic rendition followed by a long, insufferably so, version of an unknown song (presumptive title, “Wooly Out There”) to which even Macca tires after a while. There’s then a short skit on how Paul jokes how he’s going to make a dash out of the stadium after the first song has been played – Knowing how well his trip to japan in 2014 went, it might not have been a bad idea!)
We’ve heard the full show on the Broad disk release, “Red Light Entertainment – Japan Tour 2013” Having been recorded in high definition, the sound from the DVD is no different (Dolby 2.0 stereo with the extras in 5.1 surround) – even on a standard TV set up like mine it sounds brilliant, it looks just as good too – it’s not laboured and cut about to show McCartney as prominently as on an official release but gives equal time to his band and the understandably over excited crowd too. The broadcaster has it so correct in fact that even when the titles for the songs appear in the bottom right hand corder, they’re discreet enough to be almost invisible and you could very easily ignore the fact that they’re actually there. Handy Japanese translation is provided for Paul’s English if you’re a native Japanese speaker (And he does make it seem very easy!) but the language lessons go hand in hand it would seem. The only down side to all the is the minute breaks between tracks for the adverts – It happen’s very rarely though and as sharply as a fugo knife so it doesn’t spoil the flow of the concert. You will notice it happen but the visuals more than make up for the brief clips to the show. It shines a little more light on the rather muted applause at the end of the show.
Extras on the DVD include Paul’s appearance at the show, “The Night That Changed America; A Grammy Salute To The Beatles”, a multi singer occasion where the fabs contemporaries such as Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Dave Grohl, Jeff Lynne, Dhani Harrison, Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry to name but a few. The occasion, to mark the first appearance of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan’s show on U.S. TV.
It is just Paul’s appearance on the show though, again taken from a HD broadcast on Japanese TV, bawling through a handful of Beatles tracks only one of which had been written before the Beatles had hit America that first time and was consequently performed at that first appearance. Unfortunately, the studio seems to drag mecca’s voice down tonight and under such conditions, he sounds a little fragile. It’s not so much as a problem as long as he’s playing with his band generally but the wear on his vocals tonight is a little more evident.
Nevertheless it’s a gamely performance, the fact that Ringo is stood towards the front of the crowd with his wife should suggest that he would make an appearance at some point which he does for “With A Little Help From My Friends”, a little older than Macca, Ringo’s virtues as a vocalist have never been his strongest point (Neither has his drumming some might suggest) but tonight his voice befalls the same fate as Macca’s and during his rendition, he is a little croaky.
The show ends with the timely rendition of “Hey Jude”, the Twotles turn Allman Brothers when Ringo joins Ade on a secondary pair of drums, the mood from the crowd is mixed, one lady had either been standing too long or was given a spare ticket thus shows her approval by folding her arms, Yoko gamely bops around at the front of stage while Sean breaks ranks and photographs the scene on his phones camera. One thing I had noticed before was the eReader attached the the side of Macca’s psychedelic piano – I assume this is for his lyrics but a game of Angry Birds in the wings might not but out of the question either.
As the song progresses members of Cirque De Soleil join on the outer reaches of the split stage, confetti falls and tonight’s attendees all begin to crowd back on to the stage for the relentless coda before – presumably down to time constraints – the credits start to roll over the top of the performance, cutting in to the final few moments and applause.
Finally, one last bonus track and one from the day before the Beatles presentation, a performance of “Queenie Eye” from the 56th Grammy Awards show, same band set up but again joined by Ringo on drums adding an ever so slightly different dimension to the track.
I’d suggest that this is a better souvenir of Macca’s shows in 2013 / 2014 than he could propose himself – Not too messy, still respectfully edited and shot and with a magnificent sound. A definite keeper for your McCartney tour collection