December 22, 2007

“…that lick embedded in our DNA starts to come out of the speakers” :: McCartney rocks Amoeba

In late June I received a cryptic email message from my friend Tony, who knew I was heading out to California at some point in the heat of the summer, but said he was “going to LA for a once in a lifetime event,” thought he might have an extra pass, and wanted to make sure I was going to be 1500 miles away and not 5. Intriguing.

The plane ticket I was holding was indeed for the end of July, not June, and on barely four days notice I couldn’t find a way to get out to the California coast that didn’t involve knocking over a liquor store. If I had, this is what I could lived through, and this is what I could have heard:

Drive My Car
Only Mama Knows
Dance Tonight
C Moon
That Was Me
Here Today
Back In The USSR
Nod Your Head
House of Wax
Get Back
Hey Jude
Lady Madonna
I Saw Her Standing There


During the event on a Wednesday evening, Tony texted me with something that read like “so ringo starr is standing right next to me. this is insane.” Even that tenuous connection with the proceedings three states away made me feel happy and I couldn’t wait for the boot to eventually surface. Also definitely read this piece to feel the excitement, an evening “too good to be true.”

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    LOS ANGELES, JUNE 27, 2007
    1 Drive My Car
    2 Only Mama Knows
    3 Dance Tonight
    4 C Moon
    5 That Was Me
    6 Blackbird
    7 Here Today
    8 Back In The USSR
    9 Nod Your Head
    10 House of Wax
    11 Get Back
    12 Hey Jude
    13 Lady Madonna
    14 I Saw Her Standing There

    What a great set list


    Anonymous — December 23, 2007 @ 5:54 am

  • wow, Heather! Awesome post. Paul sounds fan-friggin’-tastic!

    aikin — December 23, 2007 @ 3:43 pm

  • Back in July I read Tony’s post and got chills. Hearing the soundtrack while re-reading was even goose-pimplier! A true classic. It’s as close to being in Paul’s living room as I’ll ever get. Thanks so much!

    Ruralgurl — December 23, 2007 @ 5:10 pm

  • thankyouthankyouthankyou! what an awesome musical genius, great sound, great batch of songs and incredible band at the top of their form! merry christmas heather!

    johnbuck100 — December 24, 2007 @ 7:59 am

  • Sir Paul has released this on vinyl as well. I got it at Twist and Shout the other day! Fabulous!

    charles — December 24, 2007 @ 12:40 pm

  • Heather,

    Thanks for putting out a wonderful collection. I agree with ruralgurl — this is as close to being in his living room as we’ll probably ever get.

    I did have one question. During “Here Today”, it sounds like he’s getting choked up. I know it’s a powerful song because of who and why it was written, and some of his prior performances of it are so emotional you could swear John’s ghost was in the room. But I’m curious if he was actually cyring during this particular performance. It sure sounds like it.

    Anyone have similar thoughts?


    Michael E. Rubin — December 26, 2007 @ 4:59 pm

  • Great stuff. But is the full set floating around anywhere? I’d rather hear those omitted songs than the stuff from the new album.

    FrankieLee — December 26, 2007 @ 7:45 pm

  • Thank you for this! I just watched the recording of his show from the Olympia on Christmas Eve on A&E. I think it re-airs on Saturday.

    V — December 27, 2007 @ 2:30 am

  • thanks for this!!! a great intimate little show. i listened with the family while i painted a wall this week.

    JETHRO — January 2, 2008 @ 7:44 am

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

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