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Jun. 29th, 2007 @ 01:42 pm Rant #18
Paul's Set List

Well, there hasn’t been a rant in a while. Must be the summer sillies. Or are we all ranted out? Well I know I’m not.

My newest complaint is probably quite silly, but I don’t care. My rant is such:

Why does Paul feel the need to play such Beatles’ heavy sets now? WHY?

He’s got nearly 50 years of fantastic music that he’s written to draw from, so why does it seem over the last couple tours/concerts over the last few years he feels the need to perform so many Beatle songs? Don’t get me wrong, I obviously LOVE The Beatles, else I wouldn’t be here, but honestly I love Wings too, and I love Paul’s solo work, so I don’t know why he doesn’t draw more from those eras.

His secret concert in London? He played 18 songs, 11 of which were Beatle songs, and 2 Wings songs, 1 solo song, & 4 songs off his new album. It’s been the same pattern over the last few years, but growing steadily more and more Beatle heavy.

I know I shouldn’t complain. I know I should just be happy that the man is still touring and making more music. I mean, who am I to complain about what he plays? Maybe he’s just trying to relive his glory days and remember a happier time what everything that’s going on. Maybe he just really misses John.
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Date:June 29th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
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I think he's just trying to give the people what he thinks they want. And what most of them probably do want.
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Date:June 29th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
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Whoa, a voice from the silence! ;P Thanks for posting, Ranter; sorry I didn't see this sooner! :/ Anyway, let's see if anyone still checks this comm, eh? :)

My own opinion... well, I'm sure that ultimately Paul's reason is that he is most famous for his Beatles work and knows that's what most people want to hear. Sorry for plumbing the depths of the mundane for that answer, but... *shrugs*

Of course, Paul-o-Phile that I am, I wish he would draw more heavily from his solo work, too, if only to introduce people to all the fantastic songs he's written that never became singles and never got much attention...
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Date:June 29th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
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I think Paul himself has become pretty sentimental...
Date:June 29th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
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I think, as people mentioned already, he may be attempting to give "the people" what they want. I also wonder if maybe there has been something in the past few years that has made him more nostalgic for that era in his life, and I'm betting there is no better way for him to feel connected to it then playing those old songs in front of an audience.

It could also be that he's just incredibly proud of those pieces (which he obviously should be, but I'm with you that his solo work is equally worthy of being played) and wants to play them.
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Date:June 29th, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)
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Well, he created a lot of good music with the Beatles. I'm glad he still plays it, rather not want to do it anymore. If I went to see him in concert I'd probably prefer Beatles-heavy to Wings-heavy, since I'm not a big Wings fan. Plus, how often do you get to see one of the real Beatles sing Beatles songs?

I think he's also gotten nostalgic recently, and seems to enjoy revisiting that time in his life. He's kind of embraced it. Which I think is cool...
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Date:June 29th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
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Whoops -I didn't read the comments, and I see other people have already said what I did about him getting all nostalgic. So, let me expand so it seems like I have an original thought in my head! ;-)

I've really noticed it since the Anthologies. We all know that he was the only Beatle who seemed to want to keep touring and keep being a Beatle. I think he largely loved it, and I think he really enjoyed revisiting it during the Anthologies - telling the old stories and talking about his memories with Ringo and George. Flaming Pie was so referential to his Beatle days (heck, even the title!), and since then, he seems to write a lot of songs about remembering those days and remembering John and George. Even this song, he talks about his past so much, and how he can't believe that was him, and how lucky he was, etc, etc. He just seems to be thinking a lot more about it. So it would only seem natural for him to play a lot of Beatles tunes these days..
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Date:June 29th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
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I agree with what everyone said, and I think it also has to do with the fact that his post-Beatles songs weren't as popular as his Beatles songs. Although he had a few songs hit the top of the charts in Wings it's nothing compared to the amount of Beatle songs that hit the charts. So he probably wants to play what the people will know. Although I wouldn't mind a few more Wings/solo songs.
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Date:June 30th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)
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i guess you're lucky you went to the secret concert. And you saw him live, i bet there's a million people who havent had the chance to see him and really want to. To be at such an intimate gig is blessing enough I think.

Going through his divorce probably made him think about the past and what was. How happy he was. How many of his friends have passed on and he's still living.

Paul's a crowd pleaser, always has, always will be. He likes seeing the crowd react to his music, and I guess if he played some little unknown song off flowers in the dirt, then only the few "hardcore" fans there would know it, and he wouldn't see them singing along and joining in. He knows his audience and what they want to hear I guess.

At the end of the day the Beatles made Paul, just like the band made John, George and Ringo. If he wasn't a Beatle would he still have a record deal now? Why shouldn't he play the songs as they made him who he is today, and the songs he wrote back then developed him as a song writer.

Paul LOVED touring as a Beatle, I think if i remember correctly, he was the only one who didn't want to stop touring?

I guess i'm just rambling here. Everyone else has basically said what i have anyway, but there's my little piece.
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Date:July 2nd, 2007 09:18 am (UTC)
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I was incredibly fortunate to be in the audience at the London gig and I was bowled over by the fact that Paul was Beatles heavy with his set list. I believe that when most bands play concerts after releasing an album they focus on the new material yet Paul knows what his audience loves. And he gave it to us, but best of all, he appeared to be loving it as much as we were. So, I think there's a bit of both; a bit of giving his fans what they want and a bit of nostalgia for him. And why not? He's earned it:)