Kaiser Chiefs and Zutons also help celebrate Capital Of Culture
Sir Paul McCartney played a homecoming show at Liverpool‘s Anfield stadium in front of 36,000 fans last night (June 1).
The former Beatle headlined the event, which also saw performances from Kaiser Chiefs, The Zutons and a guest spot from Foo Fighters‘ Dave Grohl, as part of the city’s celebrations at being the European Capital Of Culture during 2008.
Playing a set that mixed songs from The Beatles, Wings and his solo work, McCartney was watched by John Lennon‘s widow Yoko Ono from the crowd as he also included her late husband’s ‘Give Peace A Chance’ in the show.
Introduced onstage by comedian Peter Kay as “a local lad who’s done very well for himself in the music game”, McCartney‘s set included the likes ‘Drive My Car’, ‘Blackbird’, ‘Eleanor Rigby’ and ‘Yesterday’, along with Wings songs ‘Live And Let Die’ and ‘Jet’, plus solo tracks including ‘Flaming Pie’.
“Thank you for coming here in the City Of Culture, at the centre of the universe,” McCartney told the crowd to loud cheers, adding, “I was born just down the road and I lived not far from here. Every time I come back to Liverpool all the memories come flooding back.”
Later former Nirvana drummer Grohl – who often covers ‘Band On The Run’ in Foo Fighters – got to live out a school boy fantasy, joining McCartney on guitar for the Wings‘ track, before switching to drums for ‘Back In The USSR’ and show closer ‘I Saw Her Standing There’.
However the highlight of the evening proved to be the loud crowd singalongs to ‘Let It Be’ and ‘Hey Jude’.
“You’ve been brilliant tonight,” McCartney told the crowd. “I knew you would be.”
Paul McCartney played:
‘Hippy, Hippy Shake’
‘Drive My Car’
‘Got To Get You Into My Life’
‘Let Me Roll It’
‘The Long And Winding Road’
‘I’ll Follow The Sun’
‘Band On The Run’
‘Back In The USSR’
‘Live And Let Die
‘Let It Be
‘A Day In The Life’/’Give Peace A Chance’
‘I Saw Her Standing There’
Earlier the show, which was watched by footballers Wayne Rooney, Jamie Carragher and Liverpool FC manager Rafael Benitez, was opened by fellow Scousers The Zutons, before Leeds‘ Kaiser Chiefs got the crowd going ahead of McCartney‘s performance.