McCartney Opens 2022 ‘Got Back’ Tour With Lennon ‘Duet’

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Paul McCartney (with John Lennon) performing “I’ve Got a Feeling,” Spokane Arena, April 28, 2022

Paul McCartney began his long-awaited return to the concert stage on Thursday (April 28, 2022) in Spokane, Wash., with the first performance of his “Got Back” tour. The 36-song set featured Beatles, Wings and solo hits. (See the setlist and watch many of the performances below.) The legend will turn 80 on June 18.

The show was McCartney’s first concert in nearly three years, when he completed the final date of his “Freshen Up” tour on a memorable evening on July 13, 2019, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

The set at Spokane Arena on opening night mirrored the one used during his last tour, “Freshen Up,” with some notable substitutions.

Opening night began with an early Beatles favorite.

Noticeably missing was the opening number, The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night,” which McCartney had refreshingly added to the setlist some years ago. Added were such favorites as “Getting Better,” and two songs from Abbey Road‘s side two: “You Never Give Me Your Money” and “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window.” (“Eleanor Rigby” was also dropped from the list.)

Watch McCartney perform “Getting Better”

Watch a pair of Abbey Road favorites

Naturally, “Get Back” was re-added. For this tour, McCartney is showing footage from the acclaimed 2021 Peter Jackson docu-series of the same name. On “Get Back,” McCartney showed his Beatles bandmates performing the song on the large screen behind the stage, as he sang along with John Lennon from the film.

When he made the tour announcement, McCartney wrote, “I said at the end of the last tour that I’d see you next time. I said I was going to get back to you. Well, I got back!”

The U.S. itinerary, announced on Feb. 18 begins in the west and ends in the east, a little over a week before the Glastonbury Festival. He had previously played the festival in 2004.

Watch him perform “Band on the Run” on opening night

He’s kept active during the Covid-19 pandemic with a best-selling book, The Lyrics, as well as another children’s book. He also released a new solo album, McCartney III, in December 2020. His 1969 self has been highly visible with the Nov. 2021 release of The Beatles: Get Back, Peter Jackson’s docu-series of the filming of the band’s recording sessions and legendary performance on the rooftop of their Apple Corps Ltd. building in London.

McCartney’s longtime touring band features guitarist Rusty Anderson, drummer Abe Laboriel Jr, keyboardist Paul “Wix” Wickens and guitarist Brian Ray.

When McCartney returned to the stage following a short break after the main set, he did so waving a Ukrainian flag, as the crowd roared. “You want some more?” he asked rhetorically.

He kicked off the encores with “I’ve Got a Feeling,” with a special duet with Lennon.

Watch a portion of the opening night encore, “I’ve Got a Feeling”

Here’s the complete clip of the “I’ve Got a Feeling” performance. The footage with Lennon from the Get Back docu-series begins at around the 3:48 mark.

Paul McCartney, Spokane Arena, Spokane, Wash., April 28, 2022 Setlist

Can’t Buy Me Love
Junior’s Farm
Letting Go
Got to Get You Into My Life
Come On to Me
Let Me Roll It
Getting Better
Women and Wives
My Valentine
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
Maybe I’m Amazed
I’ve Just Seen a Face
In Spite of All the Danger
Love Me Do
Dance Tonight
Here Today
Queenie Eye
Lady Madonna
Fuh You
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
You Never Give Me Your Money
She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
Get Back
Band on the Run
Let it Be
Live and Let Die
Hey Jude

I’ve Got a Feeling
Helter Skelter
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
The End

Watch the closing numbers

We’ll continue to update the story with more performance clips.

Paul McCartney 2022 Tour (Tickets are available here and here)

© MPL Communications Ltd/ Photographer: MJ Kim

May 02 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
May 03 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
May 06 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
May 08 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
May 13 – Los Angeles, CA – SoFi Stadium
May 17 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
May 21 – Winston-Salem, NC – Truist Field
May 25 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
May 28 – Orlando, FL – Camping World Stadium
May 31 – Knoxville, TN – Thompson-Boling Arena
Jun 04 – Syracuse, NY – Carrier Dome
Jun 07 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
Jun 08 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
Jun 12 – Baltimore, MD – Camden Yards
Jun 16 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium

Jun 25 – Somerset, UK – Glastonbury Festival

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Watch McCartney perform at the 2004 Glastonbury Festival

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