Paul McCartney, Nationals Park, DC

Here’s my concert report for the Paul McCartney show I caught with Conley and Janine at the Nationals Stadium in DC.

We were smart and got Janine her ticket the night before the concert. We figured it might be a clusterf**k to find her before the show and when there are big crowds, cell phones don’t always work well. It was tough coordinating, but we ended up getting to have dinner as a group, plus CUPCAKES! More on that later.

Conley came to work with me and we had a birthday lunch for her at the Indian place we like (and met up with our friend Damon, who doesn’t work at Godard anymore), and then we did a tour.

We had a quick frozen pizza dinner and then headed over to the metro. We left ourselves lots of time, which ended up being a good thing because, there had been lots of traffic and Paul got there late – thus soundcheck started really late.

They weren’t letting anyone in yet so there was a huge crowd outside. We worked our way over and bought some t-shirts and listened to soundcheck, which you could just barely hear. Until an annoying ice cream truck pulled up and started drowning Paul out with Turkey in the Straw. :-/ Finally it left. And finally they started letting us in, but of course there were so many people, the line to get in wasn’t moving. We were on the side where there was only 1 or 2 turnstiles, so we finally gave up and got on a line to move over towards the middle section. Finally we were in!

Then we had to get online to get our wristbands for the field seats we had. All day it had been raining on and off and it started raining again when we got there. Fortunately it didn’t start until we were under the overhang on the wristband line. After wristbands, we got on the bathroom line. And then on the beer line. Which turned out to be unnecessary because once we got down on the field, there turned out to be lots of beer and no line down there.

Oh well. We hung out with our beers and looked down on the field and waited for the rain to stop, which it did. Then we got lucky and it didn’t rain again for the whole evening!

Here’s the view of the field:
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And a 360 degree view from our field seats, which were in row 24.
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The stage. It looked a lot closer than it does here:
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Finally Janine made it to us. She’d gotten stuck in traffic, grabbed a bike share, gotten to the ball park, gotten stuck in the huge crowds, gotten stuck on the wristband line, been told she didn’t need a wristband and sent to the field, been told she did need a wristband and sent back to the wristband line, and then she finally got one and made it out to the field. She had to crawl down the row of folding chairs to get to us.

We had such an awesome time though! Here’s the setlist:

Soundcheck:
1.“Blue Suede Shoes”
2.“Honey Don’t”
3.“Coming Up”
4.“Penny Lane”
5.“Things We Said Today”
6.“C Moon”
7.“Let ‘Em In”
8.“Every Night”
9.“San Francisco Bay Blues”
10.“Midnight Special”
11.“Something”
12.“Bluebird” (abbreviated)
13.“Lady Madonna.”

Eight Days a Week
Junior’s Farm
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
Blackbird
Here Today
Your Mother Should Know
Lady Madonna
All Together Now
Lovely Rita
Mrs. Vandebilt
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:
Day Tripper
Hi, Hi, Hi
Get Back

Encore 2:
Yesterday
Helter Skelter
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
The End

The best part was after the show, when the ladies next to us leaned over and said “It’s so great to see people under 30 into Paul McCartney!” To which Janine and I say, “THANK YOU!” It was Conley’s 25th birthday, but neither of us are under 30!

Here are some Instagram 15 second video clips and some pics:

I’ve Just Seen a Face:

Blackbird:

Here Today:

Your Mother Should Know (so excited he played this one!)

Lady Madonna:

All Together Now (so excited about this one too!)

Lovely Rita:

Something

Band on the Run:

Let It Be:

Live and Let Die:

Helter Skelter:

Abbey Road Medley drum solo:

The End:

And some more pics!
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Me and Conley:
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Paul wearing his frock coat:
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The view of the crowd behind us:
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All Together Now:
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Janine making the Wings sign:
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Something:
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Band on the Run:
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Live and Let Die:
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Bows:
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Confetti and fireworks at the end:
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Janine’s photo behind us:
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Janine’s pic of me and Conley:
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Janine’s pic of Conley:
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