played a marathon, 40-song show at Candlestick Park in San Francisco last night before a
capacity crowd of 50,000 that served as the final public event at the 54-year-old venue.
The evening held extra meaning as The Beatles played the final public concert of their
illustrious career at The 'Stick on August 29, 1966. Candlestick Park served as home of
the San Francisco Giants between 1960 and 1999 and the San Francisco 49ers between 1971
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While McCartney and his band were in fine form, the concert was marred by epic traffic
jams getting both into and out of the stadium. In fact, a number of ticketholders missed
the concert due to the traffic according to KCBS. Many of those
leaving the concert sat in hours worth of traffic before they were able to leave the
venue's understaffed parking lots.
Macca mentioned that his performance was Candlestick's last a number of times throughout
the three-hour concert. He may not be Phish, but McCartney did have
a pair of setlist variations in store for the historic event. Paul dusted off a cover of
Jesse Fuller's "San Francisco Bay Blues" for the first time since last summer's Outside
Lands Festival in San Francisco and just the fourth time since 1991. The former
Beatles/Wings member dedicated "San Francisco Bay Blues" to his old friend Shelley Lazar,
who manages VIP ticketing and credentials for a number of acts including McCartney.
The evening came to a climax 37 songs into the show, when Macca busted out a cover of
Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally," which he noted was the last song The Beatles performed
at Candlestick in 1966. Previously unreleased photos from Jim Marshall of the final
Beatles concert were displayed on large screens during McCartney's performance of "Long
Tall Sally." While "Long Tall Sally" was a staple of Beatles concerts and of Macca
soundchecks, last night's performance was only the third by McCartney during one of his
concerts. The last one took place in July of 2013 featuring Dave Grohl on drums, Krist
Novoselic on bass and Pat Smear on guitar.
Watch fan-shot video of "Long Tall Sally":
Here's the setlist from last night's show:
[Published on: 8/15/14]