Hi to all Macca fans.
We decided to don’t go to Oviedo in the morning. If the previous day, late at night, there were about 40 people, we supposed that in the morning there will be a crowd, and probably Paul not even would go outside the hotel.
We decided to stay at Gijón and to try to get the biggest number of concert-related things.
In the most part of shops you could find small posters (30 x 42 cm.), promoting the concert. There were two kind of posters. In the first, Paul appeared with hands in pockets and with a multicolored scarf, in yellow background. In the second, Paul was playing a guitar, in an orange background.
Later, we decided to go to the Jovellanos Theater, the concert promotor, in order to ask if they have another kind of material.
In the main entrance, we found a giant poster advertising the concert and a box office with more than 40 people queueing to get the ticket.
While we were approaching, a new surprise...The ticket that they were selling was different from our ticket, adquired in Barcelona. The image of Paul was the same, but it was not horizontal but vertical, and in color, not black & white. After doubting a while, we decided to buy it, in order to have the two models of ticket.
When we buy it, the man in the box office encourage us to go to the back door to look if they still had more material. On arriving, people was very kind, and they gave us two different promotional postcards, booklets and more posters.
Later we went to the stadium, where people began to mount the merchandising stands.They sold different items: a programme (15 euros), two posters with all the tour dates (5 euros each), a photo of Paul (2 euros), a magnet (8 euros), a key-ring (5 euros) and different kinds of t-shirts (between 35 and 50 Euros).
We had to return to the hall of the hotel at 16:30. About 17:00 we went to the stadium. We were situated in a side of the stage, in the half of the field, and we sat there, below the watchful glance of security people.
At 17:45 Ray and Abe appeared in the stage, and they began to play their instruments.
Later, Wix and Rusty appeared too. The four began to play the riff of SHE´S A WOMAN and BLACKBIRD. And later, they began an unknown song for us, with Rusty singing, and after an instrumental jam..
At 18:40… SIR PAUL APPEARED ON STAGE!!!!. He wore a green polo-necked and a blue striped jacket. He greeted us and they began to play OH YEAH, MY LITTLE BABY?. The following songs were COMING UP, MATCHBOX, HONEY DON´T, C MOON, HOT AS SUN (Instrumental), SAN FRANCISCO BAY BLUES, an unknown instrumental song (acoustic) and MIDNIGHT SPECIAL.
With Paul at the piano, we could hear LADY MADONNA, with a new intro (TIME FOR MY MASSAGE).
Two of the members of our Package were a couple of newlyweds from Barcelona. They got married five days before. They had a banner with the following text: WE GOT MARRIED – THIS IS OUR HONEYMOON. Paul read it and he said: “STAND UP, CONGRATULATIONS!!!. And all people clapped.
After the soundcheck, before the opening of the doors, they allowed to us to go where we want. Obviously, all ran to the first row, in front of the stage.
The show began at 22:15. First, a DJ appeared in a cabin placed in the left of the stage. Bellow the chords of Venus & Mars, a man in stilts appeared dancing, and later a lot of flags with shields and giant balloons, and also several dancers, all below differents Paul’s chords, as Temporary Secretary, Darkroom, Oh Woman Oh Why. We liked a lot, more than the pre-show of Back in The World Tour.
At last, at 22:40, below the image of a giant Hofner, although at this time in horizontal position, Paul and the Band appeared playing JET. It was great!!!!
Later they performed GOT TO GET YOU INTO MY LIFE, and then Paul said: “HOLA GIJON, HOLA ASTURIAS, VIVA ESPAÑA!.
Later, FLAMING PIE. And then he presented ALL MY LOVING saying: “ MUCHAS GRACIAS AMIGOS Y AMIGAS (…) SE POCAS PALABRAS EN ESPAÑOL” (THANK YOU VERY MUCH FRIENDS (…) I KNOW A FEW NUMBER OF WORDS IN SPANISH).
Then they performed LET ME ROLL IT, and then he presented the next song, YOU WON’T SEE ME, saying: “ESTA ES LA PRIMERA VEZ QUE LA TOCO ESTA CANCIÓN EN ESPAÑA” (THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I PLAY THIS SONG IN SPAIN)
Then he made a little mistake, on saying with the next song that he had never played it live: ESTA ES OTRA CANCION QUE TOCO POR PRIMERA VEZ (IT IS ANOTHER SONG THAT I PLAY FOR FIRST TIME) . It was SHE´S A WOMAN. And he played it in the Barcelona secret gig, in his visit to Zeleste, in 1991.
Then Paul introduced Rusty, saying: “VIVA SPORTING. ME GUSTARIA PRESENTAROS A NUESTRO FANTÁSTICO GUITARRISTA RUSTY ANDERSON” (VIVA SPORTING (a football team from Gijón). I’D LIKE TO PRESENT TO OUR FANTASTIC GUITARIST, RUSTY ANDERSON).
Rusty introduced the next song, while Paul went towards the piano. It was MAYBE I´M AMAZED, and after it, he took off the jacket. Still at piano, he performed THE LONG & WINDING ROAD.
Then the band left the stage and Paul remained alone with us: AHORA ESTOY SOLO CON VOSOTROS (NOW I AM ALONE WITH YOU). And then he introduced a song that he recorded in Liverpool, in Kensington. It was IN SPITE OF ALL THE DANGER, the only song composed by McCartney-Harrison. He said: “ESTA CANCION FUE NUESTRO PRIMER DISCO” (THIS SONG WAS OUR FIRST RECORD”). It was one of the surprises of the night!! All the crowd joined with the chorus.
The following songs were BLACKBIRD, WE CAN WORK IT OUT and HERE TODAY. In the last verse of this last song, dedicated to his friend John, his voiced fell It was the only failure of all the show. Paul is human too!!
The next song was dedicated to “MI AMIGO GEORGE”: ALL THINGS MUST PASS. Superb!!!
And after it, the crowd shouted:”Ringo, Ringo”. Paul smiled and he began to play YELLOW SUBMARINE.
Then another of the surprises: I´LL FOLLOW THE SUN, with 2 little reprises at the end. Later, he presented the next song as a new song never played in a tour: It was FOR NO ONE. He finished it with a new reprise of I´ll follow the sun.
Then he said in Spanish: YO ESTUDIE ESPAÑOL EN LA ESCUELA, CUANDO TENIA 11 AÑOS. NIÑO PEQUEÑO, and he began to reciter the “famous” poem TRES CONEJOS EN UN ARBOL TOCANDO EL TAMBOR, QUE SI QUE NO, QUE SI LO HE VISTO YO.
CALICO SKIES, I´VE JUST SEEN A FACE and ELEANOR RIGBY. And later, another little marvels: DRIVE MY CAR and PENNY LANE.
After this, Paul took out his more rocker side with: GET BACK, BAND ON THE RUN, BACK IN THE USSR and LIVE AND LET DIE. Abe Laboriel Jr presented this song saying: ¿ESTAN LISTOS PARA EL FUEGO? (ARE YOUR READY FOR FIRE?).
With the crowd totally surrended to the charm of Paul, another of the novelties:I ´VE GOT A FEELING, with Rusty as second voice.
Later, Paul sat at piano again, and he began LADY MADONNA, after the “Time for a massage” introduction. And finally, HEY JUDE. All the public shaked with it, as always. And with this song the show finished.
Paul returned only with his guitar, and he performed YESTERDAY.
Heather appeared then in front of us. She sat and signed 2 autographs and she picked a couple of presents, in spite of all the security measurements.
The band appeared again with Paul and they performed LET IT BE and I SAW HER STANDING THERE. Then they left the stage again, but.... THE BEST IT WAS NOT HAPPEN STILL!!!
Again in the stage, they performed a magic song. A lot of people thought that maybe he was not able to performed live. But Paul, as always, did not deceive us. He performed HELTER SKELTER with the same power than he did 36 years ago. Only for listening this song, it was worthwhile to go to the concert!!!! DEVASTATING!!!
The reprises of the show finished with Sgt. Pepper´s / The End. Another little treasure!!
In spite of his age, each concert, each tour is better than previous.
All the people that went to the Back in the World Tour, and thought he sounded more rocker than in the 89-90 and 93 tours, will be surprised with this tour, because Paul sounds still better.
Only one thing to say: THANKS PAUL, SEE YOU ON SUNDAY IN MADRID!!!
JORDI AND AMPARO
THANKS TO JUAN AGÜERAS,
PRESIDENT OF THE SGT. BEATLES FAN CLUB, FOR HIS GREAT PHOTOS.
THANKS TO ELENA PEREZ FOR HER PHOTOS.
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