Here’s a report on the first night soundcheck setlist from Ray Paul with pictures. (Thanks, Ray!)
Pittsburgh, PA Soundcheck Aug. 18, 2010
Upon arrival I was fortunate to get in line meet and chat with two really nice veteran Macca fans, Linda from Pittsburgh and Mary from Columbia, SC. While we waited, the people in charge passed out Flaming Pie guitar picks to everyone. The soundcheck began later than usual at 5:30 pm as they said Paul’s flight from NYC was delayed (the usual at every soundcheck). Paul greeted the soundcheckers briefly and went right to business without much chit-chat to the audience between the first 5 songs. Here’s the soundcheck list:
2. Blue Suede Shoes
3. Honey Don’t
4. Coming Up
5. Ebony & Ivory
Paul takeds a few moments to look out and seems to study some of the signs bering held up. (More on that after the last song of the soundcheck list)
6. Penny Lane – Excellent version!
Paul moves to the grand piano on top of stage right.
7. Paul starts playing some Beethoven-like chords briefly…stops and says that was from his new concerto (joking around). He starts again with a slightly different variation of the short chord plunge, then stops again…saying that was from the 2nd movement. Just fooling around a bit. Then he says “I’m always thinking like a shark.” Abe makes some remark about his comment. Paul tries to explain what he means…they laugh and onto
9. Paul starts a slow, mid-tempo instrumental on piano and the band joins in. This could be a new song. I’ve never heard him do this before at any of the soundchecks I’ve been to. The first few lines are very similar to the standard “Let It Be Me” then it goes off in another direction. After close to 3 minutes of hearing this song instrumentally, Paul starts singing a verse. The words “Forever True” may appear to be the title (IMO).
10. (I Want To) Come Home
11. I’m In Love Again – The Fats Domino tune.
Paul leaves the piano and puts on his Martin acoustic guitar.
12. Every Night – A great rendition!
13. Things We Said Today – Please put this number in the show!
Paul hands off his acoustic and switches to mandelin.
14. Paul starts foolin’ around on mandelin making up a song about “Lil’ Petruska.” As the audience starts clapping along encouragingly, Paul keeps going probably longer than he would have. Some fun moments.
15. Dance Tonight
Paul switches to ukelele.
16. Leaning On The Lamppost
Paul switches to his old Epiphone Texan acoustic guitar.
The psychedelic “magic” piano is rolled out and Paul sits down at it.
18. Wix & Paul only start splashing some chords and strings as they fiddle around with a
variation of “You Never Give Me Your Money.” They did this also at the Toronto soundcheck.
19. Lady Madonna
Paul gets up from the piano and goes to the center stage microphone. He is silent for a bit and appears to be taking in and reading the large volume of signs amidst the soundcheckers. I’ve never brought a sign before, but since everyone else in the world seems to be bringing a sign and since this might be the last stop of the tour, I figured what the heck. With my background in music it was worth a try. He then acknowledges the sign that I’ve been holding up for his consideration and starts to read it aloud… “Can I sing ALL MY LOVING with you?” He follows that with, ” The answer is No…you can’t. We’re out of time.” Well, an acknowledgement is better than nothing I guess. He looks at few more signs and then thanks us for being such a nice audience and off we go to eat veggie. Knowing that he sometimes plays “All My Loving” at soundcheck, I had held the sign up earlier during a few times in brighter lighting, in hopes he would consider doing it just like he did with the guy in Mexico earlier this year.
Finally, he usually picks someone at the end of soundcheck to come up and get their arm or something else signed, but due to the late start, I didn’t see and don’t believe anyone was chosen to be brought up to meet him.
Total time of soundcheck was 1 hour and 5 minutes. Shorter by comparison than some recent soundchecks.