Paul McCartney kicked off his 2019 “Freshen Up” tour dates last night (March 20) in Santiago, Chile. Despite the name of the tour, barring a few exceptions, McCartney's show is relatively unchanged from his 2018 gigs. The most notable additions was the world premiere of the recent Egypt Station track “Back To Brazil” and the return of the 2007 Memory Almost Full crowd favorite, “Dance Tonight.”
Fans of the new album were excited by Tuesday's soundcheck, which featured three additional Egypt Station tracks — “I Don't Know,” “Happy With You” and “Confidante,” along with McCartney's early-solo classic “Every Night” — none of which made it to the proper show.
Despite being a seasoned live performer for over 60 years — Paul McCartney spoke about how his nerves manifest themselves these days: “It's normally the first thing in the morning when you wake up. You think, 'What is it today? What — ah, it's a show. It's a big show tonight' And really that's the time that I get a little bit nervous. I maybe wake up a little earlier than I would've. 'Cause with the Beatles I used to get quite nervous, especially if they were big shows.”
18 years after his initial sessions with Paul McCartney, lead guitarist Rusty Anderson says he's still pinching himself over his outstanding luck at landing such a coveted gig: “Everything's just evolved a lot over the last, I don't know, how long have I been playing with Paul? It's certainly a huge part of my life and playing these gigantic concerts and everything is a big perspective. Just, I really enjoy making music and I feel very blessed being able to do it with great people like Paul.”
The setlist to last night's McCartney show in Santiago, Chile – via Setlist.FM:
“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” “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” “Blackbird” “Here Today” “Queenie Eye” “Lady Madonna” “Eleanor Rigby” “Back In Brazil” “Fuh You” “Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!” “Something” “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”
Encores: “Birthday” “Get Back” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)” “Helter Skelter” “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End”