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Paul McCartney charms Louisville with Beatles, Wings hits

Paul McCartney played the YUM Center  on Tuesday October 2, 2014  in Louisville, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff
Paul McCartney played the YUM Center on Tuesday October 2, 2014 in Louisville, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff Herald-Leader

Paul McCartney, an elder pop statesman at age 72, played a three hour, 39-song set last night at Louisville's KFC Yum Center that began with the Beatles classic Eight Days a Week and ended just after 11:30 with the Golden Slumbers medley from Abbey Road.

It was an exhilarating, exhaustive pop joyride, not to mention a grand effort by one of rock music’s most endearing and defining artists in getting back to the Kentucky roots he probably never knew he had.

The big joy of it all was that McCartney made it all look remarkably easy. A lot of that had to do with the fact he appeared vocally and physically fit. Sure, there were a few cracks and blemishes in his singing to remind you he is not the 20-something Beatle of yore. But there were far more instances – the Band on the Run rocker Let Me Roll It, a joyous and semi-acoustic We Can Work It Out and the 2013 tune Queenie Eye (one of four songs pulled from the album New, which, ironically, is now a year old) – that were rich with vocal stamina and intent.

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