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Paul McCartney 'Out There!' Tour 2013 - Reaction from Ottawa

Tuesday, 09 July 2013

Following Paul McCartney's performance at the Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa on Sunday we took a look at what the press had to say about his Out There performance.




Paul McCartney makes Ottawa concert debut.


Rock and roll royalty touched down in Ottawa Sunday night, with Paul McCartney playing his first ever show in the capital.


The former Beatle hit the stage at the Canadian Tire Centre more than an hour after his scheduled start time, but rewarded the faithful with a career-spanning set.


Jessica Dionne brought her grandmother and aunt to the show, along with a special tattoo she's been sporting since 2010.


"I went with a sign that said 'Paul, please sign my arm, I've already made an appointment for a tattoo,'" she said.


"He pulled me up on the stage, signed my arm with a sharpie, then I got it tattooed the next day."


Dionne and her family weren't the only generation-spanning group at the kick-off for the North American leg of McCartney's "Out There" tour.


"I really wanted my daughter to experience The Beatles, I've never experienced The Beatles myself," said Rosalie Coburn.


"All of my life I've always listened to The Beatles and loved Paul McCartney," said Cindy Adams. "Now my 13-year-old daughter is a fan."


As an added treat for local fans, McCartney's set included an appearance from the Ottawa Police Service Pipe Band for the song Mull of Kintyre.


"We were thrilled and honoured to perform with Sir Paul McCartney at his concert in Ottawa," said Pipe Major, Sgt. Jamie Ritchie in a news release.


"We are all huge fans and this was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience."


McCartney's tour also takes him to Quebec City, Winnipeg and Regina, with a set at Fenway Park in Boston scheduled for Tuesday.




Review: McCartney makes memorable Ottawa debut


Canadian Tire Centre Sunday July 7


Paul McCartney was more than an hour late in starting his concert on Sunday at the Canadian Tire Centre, but for music fans who have been waiting decades to see him perform in Ottawa, the delay only stoked our anticipation. It was the first time any of the four members of the Beatles has ever performed in the nation's capital.


No wonder the arena, packed with a sold-out crowd of more than 17,000, erupted when he finally appeared, looking exactly how one would expect a Beatle to look, with his shaggy dark hair, white shirt, black 3/4 length coat and boots. You'd never guess from seeing him on stage that the rock legend is in his 70s. The seemingly ageless musician still has a twinkle in his eye and a spring in his step.


Backed by a terrific band that added a delicious crunch to the familiar tunes, as well as some tasty harmonies, Sir Paul kicked off the historic occasion with a Beatles song, the rousing Eight Days a Week, followed by a brisk run through Junior's Farm. The psychedelic visuals included vintage Beatles footage during All My Loving.


"Hey, listen," McCartney said to the crowd after expressing his delight at being in Ottawa for the first time."This is so cool, this event. I'm going to take a moment to drink it in myself."


Fresh from a break in the Out There world tour, McCartney sounded fantastic; his voice was strong and he made it look effortless as he alternated between bass, keyboards and acoustic guitar. What's more, he was in a jovial mood, commenting on the signs in the crowd and sharing stories between songs. It was, he pointed out, Ringo's birthday, which inspired a heartfelt round of "Happy Birthday" to the Beatles' drummer. He also joked about a wardrobe change when he took his jacket off and rolled up his sleeves.


Other highlights included the irresistible melodies of Eleanor Rigby, Lovely Rita, Lady Madonna, Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!, and a nice tribute to George Harrison with a tender ukulele-led version of Something. At just the right moment, Macca and his mates broke out the rock 'n' roll with a surprisingly tough, full-band run through Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da, and then cranked it up for Band on the Run and Back in the U.S.S.R.


Soaring ballads like Let It Be and Hey Jude turned into glorious singalongs, while Live and Let Die pulled out all the stops in a barrage of lasers and pyros. Afterwards, McCartney covered his ears as if it was too loud for someone of his vintage, the only sign of his advancing years during the entire concert.