Paul McCartney blew more than a few fans' minds on Saturday night (May 4th) during the opening night show in Belo Horizonte, Brazil when he performed the live premieres of no less than five Beatles classics. McCartney opened the show with the band's 1964 chart-topper "Eight Days A Week," and continued to wow the crowd with premieres of the Magical Mystery Tour finale, "Your Mother Should Know," the Yellow Submarine sing-along "All Together Now," and performances of John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band standout, "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!" and his own "Lovely Rita."
In addition to the "Fab Four" favorites, he brought back some solo gems -- including his first solo single, 1971's "Another Day," which hasn't been performed live in 20 years; and the Wings hits "Listen To What The Man Said" -- which last got a live workout during a promotional TV spot in 1988; and "Hi, Hi, Hi" -- which was last performed on October 21st, 1976 during the final show of McCartney's blockbuster Wings Over The World tour at London's Wembley Arena.
Paul McCartney says that tackling Beatles songs in concert today is eons away from how he felt about performing the group's material upon first hitting the road as a solo act back in 1972: "When the Beatles broke up it was a very tough time for all of us, 'cause, y'know, it wasn't just our job gone, it was this relationship. This tight relationship. It was a bit like a divorce. So, none of us really wanted to do any of the songs that we were famous for in the Beatles. We wanted to strike out into new pastures and do new stuff. And we avoided all the Beatle stuff and when I toured with Wings, we did a couple -- but very subtly. It was mainly new stuff. There's so much time gone by that I now look at the songs and I don't think, 'Oh, y'know, those painful memories,' I think, 'Oh, those are nice songs we did.'"
Paul McCartney performs tonight (May 6th) in Goiania, Brazil.
He'll kick off his North American dates on May 18th and 19th at Orlando, Florida's Amway Center.
Paul McCartney's opening night setlist on May 4th, 2013 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil:
"Eight Days A Week" (live debut)
"All My Loving"
"Listen To What The Man Said" (first live performance since February 28th, 1988)
"Let Me Roll It"
"Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five"
"The Long And Winding Road"
"Maybe I'm Amazed"
"Hope Of Deliverance"
"We Can Work It Out"
"Another Day" (first live performance since June 15th, 1993)
"And I Love Her"
"Your Mother Should Know" (live debut)
"All Together Now" (live debut)
"Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!" (live debut)
"Band On The Run"
"Hi, Hi, Hi" (first live performance since October 21st, 1976)
"Back In The U.S.S.R."
"Let It Be"
"Live And Let Die"
"Lovely Rita" (live debut)
"Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End"