Paul McCartney Mixes Beatles and Wings At Tour Kick Off

(Radio.com) The Beatles and Wings receive equal attention in Paul McCartney's Out There Tour, which triumphantly launched its U.S. leg at Orlando's Amway Center on Saturday night (May 18).

Playing and singing non-stop for almost three hours would put almost any solo performer to the test, but the 71-year-old McCartney made it look easy as he pulled the biggest hits from both of his former bands, as well as his own solo repertoire.

After opening with The Beatles' "Eight Days A Week" (performed live for the first time on the Out There Tour), McCartney told the audience, "I'm getting that old feeling like we're gonna have a good party here tonight!" And he was right. The sold-out crowd was there to party, sing along and be taken on a magical musical tour of the past 50 years.

McCartney's seemingly simple stage set up evolved into a masterful display of video screens, specialty lighting, and during a bravura performance of "Live and Let Die" toward the end of the evening, arena-warming pyrotechnics.

The present and past were both given equal attention by McCartney. In a set which found Paul putting down the guitar in favor of the piano, he performed both "My Valentine," released last year and written for current wife Nancy, along with "Maybe I'm Amazed," which was written for his deceased wife Linda after helping him get through The Beatles' breakup. more.

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