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Macca on tour: Paul McCartney closes Candlestick Park: the full report, part 2

Anyone who wanted a free souvenir of Candlestick on the night of the Paul McCartney concert didn't have much problem getting some of the vegetation. People were seen ripping up turf and carrying out big clumps of grass.

More photos of Paul McCartney at Candlestick
More photos of Paul McCartney at Candlestick
Jennie Swenton - used by permission.
Paul McCartney sings "Long Tall Sally" at Candlestick Park.
MJ Kim/MPL Communications. Used by permission.

There was a lot of smoke in the air, and not just the legal kind. The smell of marijuana was very strong both outside and inside. McCartney has commented about it in the past but didn't this time. A small fight broke out near us because of someone with a very smoky vanilla cigarette, but it ended quickly.

Parking in the Candlestick Park main lot and in at least some lots surrounding the park was $40. Before the concert, there was lots of tailgating and a lot of Beatles music could be heard. There were several people in Beatles costumes or holding signs that they had been to the '66 Candlestick show. The parking lot included the usual number of ticket sellers trying to keep what they were doing from the police patrolling the lot.

Getting in and out of the lot was probably the roughest part of the night. The city either didn't plan for or didn't expect the massive number of people. Traffic moved very slowly, even an hour after the show ended. At least one fan, Patti Rodriguez, told us they not only parked for free on Gillette Street and walked to the stadium, but avoided traffic problems all together.

Several new McCartney Out There! Tour merchandise items just for Candlestick were sold and they weren't cheap. A Last Pick at Candlestick hat costs $40 and a hoodie was $80. One of the better bargains was a nice Out There program for $30 that included 3-D pictures with glasses included. But there were also several vendors selling unauthorized t-shirts in the lot. Before the show, we saw one selling them for $20. After the show, the prices were going as low as $7.

Beatles fans came from all over the country to see the show. CBS News reported the attendance was about 50,000.

A big rumor floating around before the concert was that Ringo Starr was seen in town and would presumably make an appearance during the show. That didn't happen.

As we said, though, the band sounded wonderful. The sound was fantastic and, as was reported before the show, “Live and Let Die” had some extra pyrotechnics that made the party even nicer. Despite the traffic problems, the concert was superb and a great way to close out Candlestick Park.

Here's the complete official set list for this show as reported by Paul McCartney's press office (with changes from Phoenix in bold): “Eight Days a Week,” “Save Us,” “All My Loving,” “Listen to What the Man Said,” “Let Me Roll It”/”Foxey Lady,” “Paperback Writer,” “My Valentine,” “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five,” “The Long and Winding Road,” “Maybe I'm Amazed,” “I've Just Seen a Face,” “San Francisco Bay Blues” (new!), “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,” “I Saw Her Standing There” (replaced “Get Back”). Encore 2: “Yesterday,” “Long Tall Sally” (replaced “Helter Skelter”), “Golden Slumbers”/“Carry That Weight”/“The End.

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