Exploring the Songs on Paul McCartney's "Freshen Up Tour" Setlist

Sir Paul McCartney has been keeping things fresh since 1960.
He's currently on the road in the midst of his Freshen Up Tour, backed by Rusty Anderson (backing vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar), Paul Wickens (keys, percussion), Brian Ray (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass) and Abe Laboriel, Jr. (drums).
The former Beatles and Wings star has been relentlessly touring in arenas and stadiums throughout North America since the release of last year's Egypt Station LP.
McCartney kicked off this run May 23 in New Orleans and has just eight shows left before he wraps things up July 13 in Los Angeles.
His setlists have consisted of a whopping 38 songs– he's been treating fans to a good mixture of Beatles and Wings cuts as well as his own solo material, with a Quarrymen song or two thrown into the setlist each night.
He's released an extensive solo catalogue along with his pre-existing 13 Beatles albums and seven Wings albums, so it's easy to see why his shows have been clocking out at nearly three hours.
Keep reading for a closer look at some of the songs that made it onto the Freshen Up setlist, and don't forget to cue up our Setlist Playlist on Spotify!
"A Hard Day's Night"
McCartney opens his shows with the title track from the Beatles’ 1964 third studio album. It’s also the name of a film released about the group in the height of Beatlemania directed by Richard Lester.
The song is INSTANTLY recognizable due to its mighty opening cord!
The Beatles "A Hard Day's Night"
“My Valentine”
This 2012 single by Paul McCartney was one of two original songs included on his bespoke cover album Kisses On The Bottom and is dedicated to his wife, Nancy.
Eric Clapton makes a guest appearance on lead guitar, and the music video features the lovely Natalie Portman.
Paul McCartney "My Valentine"
“Live and Let Die”
This song is the beloved theme of the eighth James Bond film, in which Roger Moore made his 007 debut.
Wings recorded this song during the Red Rose Speedway sessions in 1972, and it’s been covered by the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Lizzy Borden, Frank Turner and Fergie.
Paul McCartney "Live and Let Die"
“Hey Jude”
This uplifting tune has inspired the masses for decades. It actually was written to help comfort John Lennon’s son during his parents’ divorce.
McCartney’s lyrics were inspired by Lennon’s five-year-old son, Julian, but Lennon first thought the lyrics were about his relationship with Yoko.
The Beatles "Hey Jude"
The 76-year-old legend has just a few shows left on this tour... so hurry over to Live Nation to snag your tickets to freshen up with Sir Paul McCartney!
Check out his remaining dates below.
Paul McCartney 2019 Freshen Up Tour dates:
Jun 14 – Arlington, TX – Globe Life Park
Jun 22 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park
Jun 26 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
Jun 28 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
Jun 29 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
Jul 06 – Vancouver, BC – BC Place
Jul 10 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center
Jul 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Dodgers Stadium

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Last updated: 25 Jun 2019, 07:10 Etc/UTC