Paul McCartney put on an epic show at Metlife Stadium on Thursday, June 16, just two days before his 80th birthday. The Beatles legend was joined by two New Jersey legends to help celebrate. First Bruce Springsteen joined Paul to sing his hit “Glory Days” as well as “I Wanna Be Your Man.” He also came out during the encore to trade guitar solos with Paul’s longtime touring guitar players Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray on “The End.” Jon Bon Jovi also made an appearance to wish Paul a happy 80th and lead the crowd in “Happy Birthday to You.”
Another highlight, besides Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi unexpectedly showing up, was when Paul McCartney played a duet of “I’ve Got A Feeling” with footage of John Lennon isolated from the recent Get Back documentary. This show was the last stop on his Got Back Tour and it was a marathon. Paul played for 3 hours without leaving the stage and performed 40 songs. Other songs on the setlist included more Beatles hits like “Getting Better” and “Love Me Do” as well as “Blackbird” and “Get Back.”
Paul sounded great and seemed to sound even better as the night went on. When asked on PaulMcCartney.com if he enjoyed being back out on the road after such a long break because of the pandemic, he said Yes! It’s always a bit of hard work trying to get back up to speed again, but the audiences make it so enjoyable that it doesn’t feel like work. So yeah, we’re all having a good time.
Before the show, some lucky fans got a glimpse of Paul as he arrived via police escort into Metlife Stadium. He passed by slowly with the window down waving to his fans, some waiting for hours just to see him for a few seconds, but it was totally worth it! It was amazing to see people of all ages, including kids from this generation, holding up signs to greet him and even getting emotional after he passed. V.I.P. ticket holders also got to attend a 13 song sound check that included many songs not on the actual setlist.
V.I.P. Soundcheck Setlist: Instrumental Jam, Matchbox, Honey Hush, Coming Up, I Wanna Be Your Man, Women and Wives, Let Em In, Every Night, Mrs. Vanderbilt, Ram On, Midnight Special, New, Lady Madonna
Setlist: Can’t Buy Me Love, Junior’s Farm, Letting Go, Got To Get You Into My Life, Come On to Me, Let Me Roll It, Getting Better, Let Em In, My Valentine, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five, Maybe I’m Amazed, I’ve Just Seen a Face, In Spite of All the Danger, Love Me Do, Dance Tonight, Blackbird, Here Today, New, Lady Madonna, Fuh You, Jet, Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite!, Something, Ob-La-Di,Ob-La-Da, You Never Give Me Your Money, She Came in Through the Bathroom Window, Get Back, Band on the Run, Glory Days (With Bruce), I Wanna Be Your Man (With Bruce), Let It Be, Live and Let Die, Hey Jude,
Encore: I’ve Got A Feeling, Happy Birthday to You With Bon Jovi), Birthday, Helter Skelter, Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight, The End