Paul McCartney Knebworth 1990

Paul McCartney Knebworth 1990
genesisknebwoeth1990 The next time I saw Paul McCartney was in 1985, at Live Aid in Wembley Stadium. On that occasion he sang “Let It Be”. There was no sound for the first verse of the song, and the crowd started booing. Paul must have wondered what was happening. I next saw McCartney as part of a multi-act bill at a massive show at Knebworth in 1990. This was the Silver Clef Award Winners Concert and had an amazing line-up including Pink Floyd, Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Tears for Fears, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Elton John, Genesis, Ray Cooper, Robert Plant (with guest Jimmy Page), and Status Quo. Pretty strong bill! I won a pair of free tickets in a competition; I think is was with KitKat, and Marie and I went down for the weekend. This was a great concert, which deserves a blog post of its own. I’ll save that for another day, and limit my reflections today to McCartney’s part of the day. Paul McCartney World Tour set out on a worldwide concert tour during 1989 and 1990, and the Knebworth show came towards the end of the tour. It was McCartney’s first major tour outing in ten years, and his first tour under his own name (rather than Wings). During this tour Paul finally embraced his Beatles legacy and for the first time, he played a substantial number of Beatles songs, including some written by John Lennon, as a tribute to his friend. paulprog1990 The band featured Paul and Linda McCartney, Hamish Stuart from the Average White band (backing vocals, guitars), Robbie McIntosh (guitar), Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), and Chris Whitten (drums). The set at Knebworth was a shortened version to that featured on the rest of the tour, but still featured some great Beatles songs. Marie and I were towards the back of the field; I remember looking across the crowd as everyone sung along to Hey Jude and Strawberry Fields. A great moment, which was then followed by a set from Pink Floyd who closed the show. The programme for the tour is a lavish booklet, which was given out free of charge at the concerts. I didn’t see any at Knebworth, but managed to pick up a copy at a car boot sale a few years ago. It contains the tour itinerary, lengthy profiles of each band member, descriptions of the stage and logistics, and many pages of McCartney’s reflections upon his life and career, illustrated with many photographs. Setlist at the Knebworth concert: Coming Up; Back in the U.S.S.R.; I Saw Her Standing There; We Got Married;Birthday; Let It Be; Live and Let Die; If I Were Not Upon the Stage; Hey Jude; John Lennon Tribute Medley: Strawberry Fields Forever; Help!; Give Peace a Chance; Yesterday; Can’t Buy Me Love.

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by dawn on December 6, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    What a fab day that was knebworth from first band tears for fears to last pink floyd. ; Was one of thousands singing along to beatles songs 😉


  2. Saw Macca at Wembley Arena on this tour and he was absolutely awesome, as you say it was hugely anticipated as he’d not toured in years and had avoided playing the big Beatles numbers back with Wings. To hear him doing Pepper, the Abbey Road medley, Hey Jude, Can’t buy Me Love, Things we Said today etc, was such a rush, the big Hey Jude singalong was very moving, and we were bowled over by how great his voice was. Amazing to think we went thinking we’d better see him because he may never tour again – 30 years later he’s still touring!


    • Posted by vintagerock on July 15, 2020 at 12:03 pm

      Hi Craig

      Yes Paul McCartney has been absolutely excellent every time I have seen him. The back catalogue of songs is amazing, of course. Happy days Peter


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