May 23, 2019: Paul McCartney Opens ‘Freshen Up’ U.S. Tour

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Paul McCartney on stage in New Orleans, May 23, 2019

Paul McCartney resumed his “Freshen Up” tour with his first U.S. date of 2019, when he performed in New Orleans on May 23 with a 38-song career-spanning set. The concert at Smoothie King Center included Beatles, Wings, and solo hits as well as several songs from his most recent studio album, Egypt Station.

Sir Paul had performed 18 dates on the tour in 2018, which started Sept. 17 in Canada. Since then, he’s been to Japan, Europe, the U.K. and, in 2019, South America.

McCartney opened the performance, as he has now for several years, with “A Hard Day’s Night”

The first dates of the “Freshen Up” tour were announced on July 3, 2018. The tour followed his “One on One” tour that spanned 2016-2017.

Watch him sing “Blackbird” solo. (Please excuse the colorful language in the clip)

Watch “Band on the Run,” towards the end of the main set

Pyrotechnics accompanied “Live and Let Die”

McCartney was born on June 18, 1942. When he tours again, tickets will be available here and here.

“There comes a time when we’ve gotta go,” said McCartney, as he led the band into the evening’s finale, the closing numbers from Abbey Road.

Paul McCartney, Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, La., May 23, 2019 Setlist

A Hard Day’s Night
Junior’s Farm
Can’t Buy Me Love
Letting Go
Who Cares
Got to Get You Into My Life
Come On to Me
Let Me Roll It
I’ve Got a Feeling
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
From Me to You
Dance Tonight
Love Me Do
Here Today
Queenie Eye
Lady Madonna
Eleanor Rigby
Fuh You
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Band on the Run
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Let it Be
Live and Let Die
Hey Jude

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
Helter Skelter
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
The End

Thanks to 1974kizz for the clips.

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  1. JCB
    #1 JCB 24 May, 2021, 09:20

    Wow! What a set list. Seen Paul twice, he does deliver.

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