Last July, Paul McCartney played three nights at Citi Field in Queens, N.Y., performing crowd-pleasing sets that included an abundance of Beatles tracks such as “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Hey Jude,” and “Helter Skelter.” Certainly, my colleague Simon Vozick-Levinson had few complaints when he reviewed the show over at the Music Mix. Though I’m less of a Beatlemaniac, it’s hard to dislike much about the new 2 CD/1 DVD set, Good Evening New York City which documents that event (and at considerable length: the DVD is a full 150 minutes in length).
Okay, I would argue that maybe it is impossible for any rock band, even one led by Macca himself, to do full live justice to “A Day in the Life.” Also, I think I may have watched way too many episodes of 30 Rock to take Alec Baldwin’s portentous, bookending, voice over (“…And with that the show ends!”) seriously. However, fans should get a real kick out of a set that also features numbers from McCartney’s solo career as well as his Wings years. The more casually interested, meanwhile, might care to raise their eyes above that mountain of turkey sandwiches and watch an hour-long version of Good Evening New York City tonight at 10/9c on ABC.
Were you at the Citi Field shows? What’s your favorite McCartney song? And how do you rate your chances of actually still being conscious by 10 tonight? Let us know!