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Macca on tour: McCartney speaks local language at Fargo show

Paul McCartney performs in Fargo
Paul McCartney performs in Fargo
Brenda Spencer - used by permission.

It was an evening of magic at Paul McCartney's concert at Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. July 12. According to Valley News Live, the venue was packed with almost 18,000 very loud fans. And Paul McCartney knew how to make them happy. According to Brenda Spencer, he told the crowd, 'Yeah, you betcha,” all through the show “which us in the Midwest loved,” she said.

Paul McCartney
Brenda Spencer - used by permission.

Jennie Swenton agreed. “It took the Fargo crowd awhile to get warmed up but Paul and the band rocked the Fargodome. He referred to the audience as 'Fargonians.' The crowd also was delighted when he used the Midwestern expression "you betcha," capturing the regional accent.

Spencer was lucky enough to run into the band "out there" minus Paul before the show. “We were walking downtown and I saw Brian (Ray) through the glass window in the bar at the Radisson. I walked in and there was the whole band. Rusty (Anderson) was very friendly and talkative telling me about what they did earlier that day in Fargo and I showed him photos of where we'd been. (Husband) Steve took a photo of me and Rusty and them Rusty called Wix and the others over for a photo.” (You can see the photo in the slideshow.)

The set, which was the same as the previous show in Chicago, began with “Eight Days a Week,” and included many Beatles songs, including “Lady Madonna,” “Blackbird” and “Back in the U.S.S.R.” It also featured solo McCartney tunes, including “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five,” “Another Day,” “Here Today” and the usually explosive “Live and Let Die,” along with songs from his recent “NEW” album.

The tour's next stop is tonight in Lincoln, Neb. at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Then, it's on to the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. tor another show on Wednesday.

Here's what the complete official set list for this show as reported by Paul McCartney's press office looked like: “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,” “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.”