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Macca on tour: Rain clouds go away as Paul McCartney rocks Minneapolis

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It was almost a wet and rainy night, but the weather cleared and Paul McCartney put on a spectacular show at Target Field in Minneapolis, fans who attended said Sunday. “On our way to Target Field at roughly 6 p.m. it started to rain and the clouds over Minneapolis were ominous. Then (it went) from a light rain to a sprinkle to pretty much completely stopping at 8:15 and the sun coming out just minutes before the show started. When Sir Paul McCartney hit the stage we knew we were in for a fantastic evening,” wrote Joe Cote.

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“It was trying to rain before the show, sort of sprinkling off and on but with big drops,” said Sue Webber. “There were a few umbrellas here and there on the floor, plenty of ball caps, and some folks wearing disposable plastic Minnesota Twins ponchos, but these were gone by the time the show started.”

Not surprisingly, the Beatles songs got the biggest reactions. “The audience was great. As always, the Beatles songs were probably the most popular. I'm not a big fan of people holding up lights during songs, but even cynical me was impressed with how neat those lights looked from the floor looking back around the oval of the stadium for 'Let It Be,'” Webber said.

“Paul was much less chatty in Minneapolis than at the last three shows, and as a result seemed slightly more reserved between songs, though this would only be noticeable to those in the audience who had seen him recently. But this was certainly not evident to most of the enthusiastic audience,” said Webber. “But Paul's energy and enthusiasm when performing the music was as strong and infectious as ever. He was in great voice and nailed most everything. The concert was near perfection as usual - instrumentation and vocals were spot on.”

And a first-timer to seeing McCartney had a good review as well, Webber said. “This was the first Paul McCartney concert for my thirty-something cousin Meredith Collins, and when I asked her to sum up the experience she simply said, 'Freakin' amazing.'” You can hear McCartney singing "Hey Jude," "Get Back," "Yesterday" and more from the show in the video on this page.

The tour now heads west. The next stop is Tuesday at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Montana. After that, it's EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Aug. 7.

Here's the set list from the Minneapolis soundcheck, courtesy of Erica Mohs: “Jam,” “Matchbox,” “Drive My Car,” “Celebration,” “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five (and 'Band on the Run' fadeout)”, “I've Just Seen a Face,” “On My Way To Work,” “Ram On,” “San Francisco Bay Blues,” “Bluebird,” “Queenie Eye,” “Lady Madonna.”

And here's the complete official set list for this show as reported by Paul McCartney's press office: (with changes from the previous show in Kansas City in bold): “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” (replaced “Kansas City”), “Get Back” (replaced “I Saw Her Standing There”). Encore 2: “Yesterday,” “Helter Skelter,” “Golden Slumbers”/“Carry That Weight”/“The End.”

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