Review: Paul McCartney at Talking Stick Arena - Entertainer Magazine

Review: Paul McCartney at Talking Stick Arena


In concert, Sir Paul McCartney reminisces with his audience through his music. It feels familiar and comfortable, like having a sing-along with friends and family.

That’s exactly what the former Beatle did during his 38-song June 26 show at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.

Kicking off the show with “A Hard Day’s Night”—after a throbbing, neon-lit Hofner bass lit up the sides of the stage—McCartney got the multigenerational crowd on its feet.

McCartney flew through Wings and The Beatles catalog before announcing a new song, “Who Cares,” from his latest collection, “Egypt Station.” McCartney said the song is about bullying and cyber bulling and the effect they have on their victims.

He jumped back and forth between new and established tunes like “Got to Get You into My Life,” lined with brass musicians playing in a lower bowl aisle.

McCartney was chatty, sharing a story about “Come to Me,” which he debuted on “Carpool Karaoke.” He paid tribute to past friends like Jimi Hendrix via “Let Me Roll It,” which segued into “Foxy Lady.”

The video screens were apt accompaniments to McCartney’s music. During “My Valentine,” which McCartney wrote for his wife, Nancy, showed actors Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp signing the song.

The latter half of the nearly three-hour show ended with a deluge of classic Beatles cuts—“Back in the U.S.S.R.,” “Let It Be” and “Hey Jude,” which intertwined with the Wings’ hits “Band on the Run” and the bombastic “Live and Let Die.”

A more than welcome encore began with “Birthday” from “The White Album,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise),” then back in to “The White Album” track “Helter Skelter.”

The finale played out the last section of “Abbey Road,” with “Golden Slumbers,” “Carry that Weight” and “The End.” With music this fantastic, there will never be and end. It is simply immortal.



“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”



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