Paul McCartney

The Hofner bass, the Beatle boots, even the still-shaggy hair—it’s all classic Paul McCartney. And it was all there June 10 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the last stop on his Up and Coming Tour.

McCartney turns 69 on June 18, but he still performed an energetic 2 1/2-hour set ripe with Beatles classics, Wings hits and a few favorites from his solo albums. He even welcomed the crowd with Beatles fan-favorite “Magical Mystery Tour,” rather than one of his lesser-known songs as he’s been known to do.

One of the great pleasures of seeing the famed songwriter is the ease with which he flows between instruments: hopping on the piano for the beloved “Hey Jude” and then playing solo acoustic guitar for “Yesterday.” McCartney strummed the George Harrison hit “Something” on a ukulele, an instrument Harrison himself often played.

In an especially poignant moment, the camera zoomed in on audience members Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, projecting them on the screen as McCartney faded the John Lennon-penned “A Day in the Life” into the John and Yoko anthem “Give Peace a Chance.” The show, as it turns out, was a family affair; Olivia Harrison and famed Beatles producer George Martin were also in the audience. The Beatles insiders had come to Vegas earlier in the week for Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles Love fifth anniversary, setting the stage for the mini reunion, which made this show one for the history books.

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