FLASHBACK! Paul McCartney’s Bonnaroo 2013 Set

Flashback to June 14th, 2013, Manchester, TN. It was Friday, the first night of the 2013 Bonnaroo weekend. This was my first full festival experience. At this point I had already seen Killer Mike, Grizzly Bear and Wu-Tang Clan so needless to say I’m soaking everything in quite nicely. But little could have prepared me for what was in store Friday night. Paul McCartney was by far the largest persona I’d ever seen live (and still is to this day.)

I remember rushing over from the Which Stage after Wu-Tang Clan, having just found our friend in the endless crowds. We made it surprisingly close to the stage for getting there only thirty or so minutes early. Not to say we were right in Macca’s face, but there was no need for watching monitors to enjoy the show.

From the very beginning, the weight of the moment really took over. You could feel the anticipation in the gigantic, diverse crowd. It felt like something special was happening because you create this huge expectation of a legend like McCartney. I had never been in a crowd where the anxiety of waiting was this palpable. Then the lights went out. And the screaming erupted. And there he came. And like it was perfectly written, he catapults into ‘Eight Days a Week’, my favorite of the early sing-a-long era Beatles songs. The crowd was ecstatic throughout, and I was in awe. I truly was stunned at what was happening. It was how I pictured Beatle-mania, although I can still only imagine that pandemonium. The combination of everyone’s excitement with the opening song choice honestly made my eyes water a little; it seemed so special.

The show went on to be one of the most legendary sets I’ve seen to this day. It spanned any Beatles classic you could hope to hear, along with songs that had never been played live before that tour such as “Lovely Rita” and “For The Benefit of Mr. Kite”, neither of which unfortunately is included in the video. That’s only because the show was so massively long. With multiple encores, the full show spanned over two and a half hours. Below, the Bonnaroo stream is included with the first full hour of the show, but I had to include video of the epic highlights “Helter Skelter” (from about our vantage point), and “Live and Let Die.” Enjoy.

Setlist

    1. Eight Days a Week
      (The Beatles song)
    2. Junior’s Farm
      (Wings song)
    3. All My Loving
      (The Beatles song)
    4. Listen to What the Man Said
      (Wings song)
    5. Let Me Roll It
      (Wings song) (“Foxy Lady” snippet)
    6. Paperback Writer
      (The Beatles song)
    7. My Valentine
    8. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
      (Wings song)
    9. The Long and Winding Road
      (The Beatles song)
    10. Maybe I’m Amazed
    11. Midnight Special
      (Lead Belly cover) (first since 10 May 2003)
    12. We Can Work It Out
      (The Beatles song)
    13. Another Day
    14. And I Love Her
      (The Beatles song)
    15. Blackbird
      (The Beatles song)
    16. Here Today
    17. Your Mother Should Know
      (The Beatles song)
    18. Lady Madonna
      (The Beatles song)
    19. All Together Now
      (The Beatles song)
    20. Lovely Rita
      (The Beatles song)
    21. Mrs. Vandebilt
      (Wings song)
    22. Eleanor Rigby
      (The Beatles song)
    23. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
      (The Beatles song)
    24. Something
      (The Beatles song)
    25. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
      (The Beatles song)
    26. Band on the Run
      (Wings song)
    27. Back in the U.S.S.R.
      (The Beatles song)
    28. Let It Be
      (The Beatles song)
    29. Live and Let Die
      (Wings song)
    30. Hey Jude
      (The Beatles song)
    31. Encore:
    32. Day Tripper
      (The Beatles song)
    33. Hi, Hi, Hi
      (Wings song)
    34. Get Back
      (The Beatles song)
    35. Encore 2:
    36. Yesterday
      (The Beatles song)
    37. Helter Skelter
      (The Beatles song)
    38. Golden Slumbers
      (The Beatles song)
    39. Carry That Weight
      (The Beatles song)
    40. The End
      (The Beatles song)
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