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Paul McCartney brings back memories of 1966 to Dodger Stadium show

Paul McCartney performing Aug. 10, 2014 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Paul McCartney performing Aug. 10, 2014 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Paul McCartney played his first show at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles since 1966 Sunday and made references to that show during his concert, according to Randy Dry, who was there.

Paul McCartney performing Aug. 10, 2014 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

"Paul acknowledged that there were some people in the audience who had attended his last Dodger Stadium concert in 1966, and asked them to scream like they did then, which they did. Some of the fans carried signs displaying facsimiles of their original KRLA tickets," he said.

The Los Angeles crowd was treated to three hours of music both old and new. "The pre-show video, which featured more of Paul's original artwork and paintings this time around, wrapped up around 8:35 p.m. and the crowd cheered wildly as Paul took the stage wearing a blue suit jacket, white shirt with black fabric down the front and next to each shoulder, black jeans and matching Beatle boots. With Hofner bass in hand, Paul launched into 'Eight Days A Week' and proceeded to rock until the show ended around 11:20 p.m.," Dry said.

"His vocals were a bit rough in the early going, but his bass playing was superb, especially on 'Mr. Kite.' Both encores rocked particularly hard, especially 'Hi Hi Hi' and 'Helter Skelter.' During 'Live and Let Die,' fireworks and flames shot into the sky, sending smoke wafting above the scoreboard.

"One of the night's few surprises came toward the end of the first encore. Paul paused before 'I Saw Her Standing There' to bring up a mother and daughter on stage. Both had been carrying signs that caught his eye. The mother's sign said 'You signed my daughter's "RAM" tattoo' and the daughter's said 'Will you be my mom's first tattoo?' Paul happily obliged and signed his name on the mother's forearm, above the wrist, to the crowd's delight."

Dry saw Joe Walsh and wife Marjorie Bach in attendance. Some of the merchandise items he saw included a grey/black T-shirt with vintage Wings logo on the front and the band's 1976 US tour dates on the back ($45); an Out There lunchbox ($40) and water bottle ($30); and a canvas tote bag adorned with a pattern that looked like Paul's psychedelic piano ($65).

The next stop on the Out There tour is Tuesday. He'll play US Airways Center in Phoenix, Ariz.. After that, it'll be the long-awaited Farewell to Candlestick show Thursday in San Francisco.

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