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Paul McCartney's concert at United Center in Chicago July 9 had an interesting local twist during his usual reading of signs written by the fans, according to Kit O'Toole, who attended the show. "He read a few signs, including a very Chicago one, 'Welcome, Sir Paul, to the home of the Blackhawks.' That obviously got a big reaction from the audience."

The setlist was veritably unchanged from the last concert in Pittsburgh. The snippet of "Yellow Submarine" used to pay tribute to Ringo's birthday was left out, but otherwise the song list was the same

She said McCartney's voice sounded great. "Paul was in good voice, particularly as the night wore on, which seems typical for him," she said. "The staging was more elaborate than when I last saw him in Milwaukee last year; the video effects were particularly impressive. When he sang 'Here Today,' he stood on a platform with images of waterfalls streaming down. It made for an even more emotional moment."

She said the Beatles material was, not surprisingly, the crowd's favorite. " As usual, the sold-out crowd reacted most at the Beatles material, with Wings a very close second. He even made a joke after 'Queenie Eye' that he can tell fans' reactions to the new material. Cell phones tend to come out, he said, and he can see flickering lights from the stage."

She said he apparently realizes that people are mainly there to hear the hits. "However, I thought 'Save Us" sounded particularly good live, as he and the band rocked harder than on the recording. As usual his energy remained undimmed throughout the show, and it was a solid performance." The tour moves on to Fargo, N.D., for a show July 12 at the Fargodome.

Here's what the complete official set list for this show as reported by Paul McCartney's press office looked like (changes in bold from Pittsburgh, Pa.): “Eight Days a Week,” “Save Us,” “All My Loving,” “Listen to What the Man Said,” “Let Me Roll It,” “Paperback Writer,” “My Valentine,” “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five,” “The Long and Winding Road,” “Maybe I'm Amazed,” “I've Just Seen a Face,” (“Yellow Submarine” omitted) “We Can Work It Out,” “Another Day,” “And I Love Her.”

Next, there was “Blackbird,” “Here Today,” “NEW,” “Queenie Eye,” “Lady Madonna,” “All Together Now,” “Lovely Rita,” “Everybody Out There,” “Eleanor Rigby,” and “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite.”

Finally, there was “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.” Encore: “Day Tripper,” “Hi, Hi, Hi,” “Get Back.” Encore 2: “Yesterday,” “Helter Skelter,” “Golden Slumbers”/“Carry That Weight”/“The End.”

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