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25 NOV 09 DAVID VIENNA
The Beatles' legendary 1965 concert at Shea Stadium was a milestone in popular music. And that's putting it lightly. It forever changed the way fans experience live performances. Over 40 years later, Paul McCartney played the Citi Field opening show on the grounds that once held Shea Stadium. This historic performance was captured on the CD/DVD set Good Evening New York City and an edited version of the concert appears on ABC Thanksgiving night (10pm/9pm CST).
Watching or listening to the concert, there's no denying McCartney is more than one of the best living songwriters, he's also a stunningly powerful and charismatic performer. The man knows how to put on a good show. He knows what fans crave as evidenced by the set list, which spans his entire career, from The Beatles' first cuts to 2007's Memory Almost Full.
To give the audience an idea what they were in for, he kicked off the whole set with a blasting version of The Beatles' "Drive My Car," followed by Wings' "Jet," then McCartney's "Only Mama Knows."
The release features two CDs, with nearly 3 hours of music, and two DVDs. The first DVD features spectacular live performances of the tracks on the CDs. The second DVD serves up entertaining extras such as McCartney's recent live set from the Late Show with David Letterman, which marked another historic return for the former Beatle, this time to the Ed Sullivan Theater.
McCartney clearly enjoys revisiting his ever-present past. On Good Evening New York City, he takes us all along for the ride.
Paul McCartney, from Good Evening New ...