Deconstructing Paul

The last and most intriguing of the tour's "new" songs is a psychedelic Lennon "Sgt. Pepper" contribution complete with swirling circus-music samples and McCartney singing about "10 somersets he'll undertake." All five live Beatle-song debuts fall into the "fun" category, as opposed to the "showstopper" category.

24. "Something"

25. "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"

26. "Band on the Run"

27. "Back in the U.S.S.R."

"FREE PUSSY RIOT" appears in big block letters on the video screen in support of the feminist punk rockers imprisoned in Russia for denigrating President Vladimir Putin. Also, we're almost two hours in, and I have yet to see the sticky-shirted McCartney take a sip of water.

28. "Let It Be"

The website Setlist.fm has this as the song McCartney has performed most: 473 times so far. In second place is the song after next.

29. "Live and Let Die"

30. "Hey Jude"

You've heard and sung along to it a zillion times, but as perhaps the greatest single of the rock 'n' roll era, it remains potent the zillion-and-oneth time.

First encore

31. "Day Tripper"

32. "Hi, Hi, Hi"

"You wanna get high on life?" McCartney asks in introducing this Wings rocker, which he's playing live for the first time since 1976. OK, Paul, but when this single was released in 1972, no one thought getting high on life was what you had in mind.

33. "Get Back"

They're slamming this one. How is McCartney's voice holding up so well?

Second encore

34. "Yesterday"

35. "Helter Skelter"

36. "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End"

He's trading searing solos with fellow guitarists Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, and then he's singing, "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make," and it hits you hard: That guy … that guy right there … wrote these songs and is still performing them with such joy and energy at age 71, and, geez, that "love you take" line sure is profound, and, whoa, what's that lump in my throat? I'd love to hear him take more chances on less universally known songs, but he's one of the wonders of the world at this point. Appreciate the greats while they're here today, and maybe you'll be amazed.

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