Sir Paul McCartney‘s world tour kicked off in Fresno on Wednesday (April 13), with the setlist including “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Love Me Do” for the first time since 1965.
The title track of The Beatles‘ third album was last performed in concert at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California on August 31, 1965, while Sir Paul last played “Love Me Do,” their first ever single, at the Playhouse Theater in London on October 16, 1963, though Ringo Starr has performed it since with the All Starr Band.
Macca had promised surprises with this new tour, and he certainly delivered, opening the first show with that famous opening chord.
Watch this clip and tell us the sound of it doesn’t make your spine shiver:
And if you were wondering what the whole thing looked like from a very excitable and unsteady bird’s eye view, then there’s YouTube user SSTLSD’s version:
Rolling Stone magazine reported the 38-song marathon concert also featured “In Spite of All the Danger” (unplayed since 2005), a pre-Beatles song by Paul and John Lennon‘s schoolboy band The Quarrymen, “The Fool on the Hill” (unplayed since 2003), “You Won’t See Me” (unplayed since 2004) and “FourFiveSeconds,” his 2015 collaboration with Kanye West and Rihanna.
And then there were the classics: The Beatles‘ “Eleanor Rigby,” “Here, There and Everywhere” and “Hey Jude”; Wings‘ “Band on the Run” and “Live and Let Die,” before Macca returned to the stage for an encore that began with “Yesterday” and ended on Abbey Road‘s “The End.”
There’s still time to catch the real thing in concert. The One on One tour plays arenas and stadiums across the U.S. this summer, continuing on April 15 in Portland, Oregon and running through August 13 in St. Louis, though new dates continue to be added.
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