For his second show at the 02 in London on May 24, Paul McCartney again included the surprise song “Temporary Secretary,” added for the first London show. Also new to the show from the previous concert were “I’m Looking Through You” and “Got To Get You Into My Life.”
Richard Porter, who leads Beatles walking tours out of the Beatles in London website and attended both nights, said that all of Paul’s children and his eight grandchildren, plus some of his relatives attended the first night’s show. “We kept on seeing Mary and Stella going past us with the kids to the backstage area. There were sitting just a few rows behind us,” he said. “When Paul sang ‘Maybe I’m Amazed,’ the backdrop showed pictures of Mary and Stella as young children, including the famous one of Mary inside Paul’s coat. When this was onscreen, Mary and Stella were each holding one of their kids, singing along with Paul. A very touching moment.”
He said Stella provided another interesting moment. “When Paul played ‘Band On The Run,’ Stella came down to where Dave Grohl was standing, and had a rather raunchy dance. I hope Stella’s husband couldn’t see what was going on. (Insert smiley face here.) Stella was certainly the most animated of the Macca clan.”
He said he saw Paul’s wife Nancy Shevell there and said she “seemed to be having a great time also. At one point she came down and posed with some of Paul’s grand kids right in front of me. I had to take a photo.”
The grandchildren cheered Paul at the end of the show. “At the end of the gig, all Paul’s family gathered near where we were sitting to cheer Paul off stage. Some of the grand kids had made personal signs which they held up when Paul were past them. Paul was delighted and moved, as was I.” You can see a picture of that in the slide show.
He said Paul’s voice was better than he expected. “The Beatles songs got the best reaction from the crowd, but the newer songs were well received, too, most notably ‘Queenie Eye’, which got lots of people dancing and joined in on the ‘OUT spells out’ section.” Comparing the two shows, he said the Sunday show was good, but didn’t have the same magical moments as Saturday.
Here’s the full set list for the Sunday London show as released by Paul McCartney’s press office May 25 (changes from the first London show in bold): “Eight Days a Week,” “Save Us, “Got To Get You Into My Life” (changed from “Can’t Buy Me Love”) “Listen to What the Man Said,” “Temporary Secretary,” “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’m Looking Through You” (change from “I’ve Just Seen a Face”), “We Can Work It Out,” “Another Day,” “Hope for the Future,” “And I Love Her,” “Blackbird,” “Here Today,” “NEW,” “Queenie Eye,” “Lady Madonna,” “All Together Now,” “Lovely Rita,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite,” “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: “Another Girl,” “Hi Hi Hi,” “I Saw Her Standing There.” Encore 2: “Yesterday,” “Helter Skelter,” “Golden Slumbers”/“Carry That Weight”/“The End.”
The next show is at Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on May 27, then Echo Arena in Liverpool May 28. The tour then heads to France and the Netherlands. Tickets for these shows and others are available here.