From Sir, with love: 5 McCartney moments, including his tribute to Prince


Sir Paul McCartney is back in Minnesota. The former Beatle brought his One on One tour to Minneapolis' Target Center Wednesday, with another show scheduled for Thursday.

If you missed the show but want co-workers around the water cooler to think you were there, here are some highlights you can mention, courtesy of BringMeTheNews:

1) Prince shout out(s)

How could he not?

Early in the show McCartney said: "Tonight is dedicated to the late, great Prince." He paused with his fist raised and his eyes closed as the crowd cheered. "Prince-Minneapolis ... Minneapolis-Prince ... they go together," he said.

McCartney then reminisced about seeing Prince in a small club this past New Year's Eve and ringing in the year with him, adding "God bless you, Prince."

Not known for changing his set list, McCartney then moved into his next tune.

But lo and behold, when Sir Paul came out for an encore there was also an encore tribute to Prince, this time a musical one. Coming out of the Wings tune "Hi Hi Hi," the band segued into "Let's Go Crazy." And the crowd did, as the symbol identified with Prince was projected in purple behind McCartney.


2) Family friendly

When the star of the show is pushing 74 ... and his legendary status is also appreciated by young people, it becomes not just an all ages show but an all generations show.

Some Paul McCartney fans need help getting to their seats. Others may be at their first rock concert.

During the wait for the show to begin, several family portraits were snapped on the main floor. And crowd shots featured on the video board during "Hey Jude" showed parents and children swaying together.

3) History lessons

In addition to songs dedicated to John Lennon and George Harrison, there were also a couple tunes that came with stories about the early days in Liverpool.

McCartney's band performed a song ("In Spite of All the Danger") that was recorded by the Quarrymen, a forerunner of the Beatles. He remembered there was a five-pound fee for use of the recording studio. That worked out to a pound per person because there were five Quarrymen – Colin and Duff in addition to Paul, John, and George.

McCartney dedicated "Love Me Do" to Sir George Martin, who signed the Beatles to their first record contract and produced their early albums.

"Love Me Do" was the first song they recorded and Sir Paul acknowledged he was one nervous kid. A last minute change by Martin had Paul, rather than John, sing the song's title phrase. McCartney says listening to the record he can still hear his voice shaking with nerves.

4) 'FourFiveSeconds'

The stories from bygone decades might make McCartney come across as a museum piece – a touring relic from the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.

But then he can remind you that his hit songs extend into the current decade by performing "FourFiveSeconds." The 2015 song may be most identified with Rihanna for singing it, but it was co-written and produced by McCartney and Kanye West.

This time it was the younger generation who knew the lyrics while their parents mumbled along.

5) Pyro Paul

We'd been warned by friends who've seen the tour that pyrotechnics are included in "Live and Let Die." But even if you know it's coming, you're not prepared for the explosion of sound and fire.

After the initial blast, flames continue to dance and burst at the front and back of the stage, the heat rolls over the crowd, multi-colored laser beams pierce the smoke, and the sound on this tune is turned up to 11 which makes the rumbling in your chest another special effect.

The totality of all creates an impression that won't die soon.

In the end, the show ended with "The End," in which McCartney croons that the love you take is equal to the love you make.

And in Minneapolis Wednesday there was much love from and for Sir Paul.

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