Clips & Pix: Paul McCartney/A Day in the Life/Give Peace a Chance and Let It Be

I literally just came across this beautiful clip and simply couldn’t resist posting it. Apparently, this footage was captured at Paul McCartney’s inaugural concerts at New York’s Citi Field, where he played three dates – July 17, 18 and 21 – during his summer 2009 tour. These gigs also resulted in the live album Good Evening New York City, which appeared in November of the same the year.

Yes, Sir Paul plays Let It Be during all his solo shows, but it remains a timeless classic. Plus, I don’t think the same can be said about A Day in the Life. And how about that snippet from Give Peace a Chance? This almost looks like he was doing a memorial medley, for John Lennon, who mostly wrote A Day in the Life and of course also penned Give Peace a Chance.

To me, Macca is the born live artist. It’s remarkable how after all these decades he still seems to get so much joy from performing. I just love it! Yes, nowadays, his voice is showing some signs of wear. But let’s not forget the man is 78 years old. And, honestly, I feel his enthusiasm makes up for it! I’ve seen him twice and hope I can see him again at least one more time!

Sources: Wikipedia; Setlist.fm; YouTube

13 thoughts on “Clips & Pix: Paul McCartney/A Day in the Life/Give Peace a Chance and Let It Be”

  1. Recently I’ve noticed his voice slipping a little.

    I saw him in 2010 for the first time and Christian…his voice was spot on BUT…in 2013 when I saw him I started to notice a little wear but compared to his peers…his voice has held up great. I remember he did “My Love” and he had trouble with it.

    You are right…he was born to play live. Who would have thought in 1970 that 50 years later he would still be releasing songs and touring! At his age it’s amazing at what he does.

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    1. When I saw Paul last in 2016, he did an intense rendition of “Helter Skelter.” While it was truly killer, I kept thinking, ‘man, take it easy, you’re gonna rip your voice chords!” Afterwards, he did struggle during some other songs.

      You can also clearly notice it during more recent YouTube live clips. And you can hear it on his last album “Egypt Station”, although there not only does it not bother me, I actually find it adds a certain charm to the songs.

      Perhaps the toughest ones are certain Beatles tunes like “Hey Jude” and “Let It Be”, where you just love the originals so much. But as I said before, this wouldn’t deter me at all from seeing him again!

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      1. I have read where he would not lower the keys to the songs…maybe he should on a few so he could hit those notes…but yea…hey it’s Paul…he sounds a hell of a lot better than many other people…I’ll go anytime to see him.

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      2. While on some level I get it, lowering the keys at least for certain songs sounds like something Paul should consider. I guess I should send him an email! 🙂 One a more serious note, I can’t imagine his fans would mind.

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      3. I don’t think 95 percent of them would know he did it. If it was just one key lower…it’s hard to tell…just on the hard ones.

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      1. Yep, he even brought a lawsuit. It has to be particularly frustating when a politican you dislike is using your music!

        Regardless whether it’s a “friend” or a “foe”, they should at least have the courtesy to ask for permission.

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      2. I read his biography (Shakey) and it basically said he’s very impulsive. Just jumps on bandwagons. He’s clearly leaned left in the 21st century, with records like Living With War and The Monsanto Years.

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