Paul McCartney helped celebrate Ringo Starr's birthday and also that of his father, who was born the same day, by singing a song in their honor July 7 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. McCartney sang a portion of "Yellow Submarine" in the spot in the setlist where he had sung "On My Way to Work" two days earlier in Albany, N.Y.
"He was in an incredible mood; interacting with the crowd and dancing around the stage all night!," Jonathan Pushkar told Beatles Examiner.
"Most energetic and strongest vocal performance I've seen to date (number 12)," said Gina Rulli Irwin. "I think he really recharged himself during his hiatus because he was in top form! Confident after last night that he's not showing any signs of slowing down and the crowd was loving every minute of it!"
"The audience was enthusiastic but wasn't as loud as Albany," said Maggie Clarke. "He made only made one remark about the great audience. But the show sounded great!"
"It was a great concert," said Trent Gause. "And Nancy was in the crowd."
McCartney paid tribute to two special people in his life. "He mentioned it was a very special day and people started shouting 'Ringo!,' Patti Murawski told us. "He said it was also his Dad's birthday." She said he sang a little bit of "Yellow Submarine" with the crowd joining in. "After singing the chorus to 'Yellow Submarine,' he said, 'Let's hear it for the ma'ams who brought them into the world!'," she said.
"At the same time Paul wished Ringo a happy birthday, he also mentioned that it was his dad Jim's birthday also," Ray Paul said. "He said, 'Happy Birthday Dad!"
The show had an unexpected highlight for Pittsburgh fans. "When Paul was in Pittsburgh back in 2010, our mayor gave Paul a Pittsburgh Penguins logo sticker, and Paul put the sticker on his Epiphone Texan, his 'Yesterday' guitar," Pushkar said.
"During 'Yesterday,' the camera zoomed in on the Penguins sticker, and the crowd went into a frenzy and cheered. Paul smiled and turned to look at the screen, to which he realized why the crowd was cheering. He sported a big smile, and finished the song to incredible applause."
"I was at that show in 2010," said Ray Paul. "When Paul came out with the Detroit Red Wings sticker on his acoustic Epiphone guitar, the crowd started to boo -- not him, but the sticker on his guitar. So then, the mayor of Pittsburgh walks out and plants a big Penguins sticker on Paul's guitar, and the crowd went nuts. It was that easy."
"I don't think he knew why everyone was cheering. As he turned around to check out the screen, then he realized it," Gina Rulli Irwin said. "Amazing show!"
The Pittsburgh 2014 setlist was virtually unchanged from Albany except for the addition of "Yellow Submarine." "On Our Way to Work," which he played for the first time on the tour in Albany, was not repeated in Pittsburgh.
Here's the complete official set list for this show as reported by Paul McCartney's press office (changes in bold from Albany, N.Y.): “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” (replaced “On My Way To Work”), “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.”
The tour moves on to Chicago for a show Wednesday at United Center. After that, the next show is July 12 at the Fargodome in Fargo N.D.