The Paul McCartney World Tour


The Paul McCartney World Tour was a worldwide concert tour by Paul McCartney, notable for being McCartney's first tour under his own name, and for the painted stage sets by artist Brian Clarke. The 103-gig tour, which ran from 1989 through 1990, included a concert played to what was then the largest stadium crowd in the history of rock and roll.[1] It was McCartney's first major tour outing in ten years, since Wings UK Tour 1979, and his first world tour since the 1976 Wings Over the World Tour.

The Paul McCartney World Tour
Tour by Paul McCartney
Cover of the tour booklet
Associated albumFlowers in the Dirt
Start date26 September 1989
End date29 July 1990
Legs9
No. of shows103
Paul McCartney concert chronology

While the tour coincided with the release of his Flowers in the Dirt album, it was thematically more about finally embracing his Beatles past, including for the first time, in any of his tours, a substantial number of Beatles songs in the set list. The tour was documented by the 1990 live albums Tripping the Live Fantastic and Tripping the Live Fantastic: Highlights!, and the 1991 concert film Get Back. A one-hour tour documentary was also aired on Channel 4 TV in the UK, titled From Rio to Liverpool. The promotional material for the tour, together with the stage sets, were designed by regular McCartney collaborator Brian Clarke, who, together with Linda McCartney, designed the album cover for Flowers in the Dirt.

Tour booklet


Concert attendees received, free of additional charge, a lavish 9x12-inch 98-page booklet, containing the tour itinerary, lengthy profiles of the band members, descriptions of the tour's stage and logistics, and an extended description of Friends of the Earth's mission. Two-thirds of the booklet consisted of McCartney's reflections upon his life and career, illustrated by many photographs.

Brian Clarke’s painted and collaged set designs for the 1989-1990 World Tour.

Tour band


Outdoor stage and show, 14 July 1990 at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium

Tour dates


Date City Country Venue Tickets sold / available Gross revenue
Europe (first leg)
26 July 1989LondonEnglandPlayhouse Theatre (rehearsals)
27 July 1989
26 September 1989DrammenNorwayDrammenshallen
28 September 1989GothenburgSwedenScandinavium
29 September 1989StockholmIsstadion
30 September 1989
3 October 1989HamburgGermanyAlsterdorfer Sporthalle
4 October 1989
6 October 1989FrankfurtFesthalle
7 October 1989
9 October 1989ParisFrancePalais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
10 October 1989
11 October 1989
16 October 1989DortmundGermanyWestfalenhalle
17 October 1989
20 October 1989MunichOlympiahalle
21 October 1989
22 October 1989
24 October 1989RomeItalyPalaeur
26 October 1989MilanPalatrussardi
27 October 1989
29 October 1989ZürichSwitzerlandHallenstadion
30 October 1989
2 November 1989MadridSpainPalacio de los Deportes
3 November 1989
5 November 1989LyonFranceHalle Tony Garnier
7 November 1989RotterdamNetherlandsRotterdam Ahoy
8 November 1989
10 November 1989
11 November 1989
North America (first leg)
23 November 1989InglewoodUnited StatesGreat Western Forum
24 November 1989
27 November 1989
28 November 1989
29 November 1989
3 December 1989RosemontRosemont Horizon
4 December 1989
5 December 1989
7 December 1989TorontoCanadaSkyDome
9 December 1989MontrealMontreal Forum
11 December 1989New York CityUnited StatesMadison Square Garden
12 December 1989
14 December 1989
15 December 1989
Europe (second leg)
2 January 1990BirminghamEnglandNational Exhibition Centre
3 January 1990
5 January 1990
6 January 1990
8 January 1990
9 January 1990
11 January 1990LondonWembley Arena
13 January 1990
14 January 1990
16 January 1990
17 January 1990
19 January 1990
20 January 1990
21 January 1990
23 January 1990
24 January 1990
26 January 1990
North America (second leg)
1 February 1990Auburn HillsUnited StatesThe Palace of Auburn Hills35,294 / 35,294$1,005,879
2 February 1990
4 February 1990PittsburghCivic Arena29,365 / 29,365$836,903
5 February 1990
8 February 1990WorcesterWorcester Centrum29,600 / 29,600$728,545
9 February 1990
12 February 1990CincinnatiRiverfront Coliseum14,545 / 14,545$414,533
14 February 1990IndianapolisMarket Square Arena30,650 / 30,650$873,525
15 February 1990
18 February 1990AtlantaThe Omni29,784 / 29,784$848,844
19 February 1990
Asia
3 March 1990TokyoJapanTokyo Dome
5 March 1990
7 March 1990
9 March 1990
11 March 1990
13 March 1990
North America (third leg)
29 March 1990SeattleUnited StatesKingdome
31 March 1990BerkeleyCalifornia Memorial Stadium118,352 / 118,352$3,550,560
1 April 1990
4 April 1990TempeSun Devil Stadium66,546 / 66,546$1,996,380
7 April 1990IrvingTexas Stadium57,337 / 57,337$1,863,453
9 April 1990LexingtonRupp Arena19,951 / 19,951$568,604
12 April 1990TampaTampa Stadium58,241 / 58,241$1,747,230
14 April 1990Miami GardensJoe Robbie Stadium95,410 / 95,410$2,862,300
15 April 1990
South America
20 April 1990Rio de JaneiroBrazilMaracana Stadium
21 April 1990
Europe (third leg)
23 June 1990GlasgowScotlandS.E.C.C. Arena
28 June 1990LiverpoolEnglandKing's Dock
30 June 1990StevenageKnebworth Park
North America (fourth leg)
4 July 1990Washington, D.C.United StatesRFK Stadium91,892 / 91,892$2,756,760
6 July 1990
9 July 1990East RutherfordGiants Stadium105,082 / 105,082$3,415,165
11 July 1990
14 July 1990PhiladelphiaVeterans Stadium102,695 / 102,695$3,107,980
15 July 1990
18 July 1990AmesCyclone Stadium53,763 / 53,763$1,747,298
20 July 1990ClevelandCleveland Stadium66,476 / 66,476$1,994,280
22 July 1990RaleighCarter–Finley Stadium51,260 / 51,260$1,537,800
24 July 1990FoxboroFoxboro Stadium85,938 / 85,938$2,578,110
26 July 1990
29 July 1990ChicagoSoldier Field55,630 / 55,630$1,807,975

Set list


Instruments played by band members


Songs Paul McCartney Stuart McIntosh Wix Whitten Linda McCartney
"Figure of Eight" Bass Electric guitar Electric guitar Keyboards Drums Tambourine
"Jet" Keyboards
"Rough Ride"
"Got to Get You into My Life"
"Band on the Run"
"Ebony and Ivory" or "Birthday" (both not played in all cities)
"We Got Married" Acoustic guitar
"Maybe I'm Amazed" or "Let 'Em In" Piano Bass Keyboards or Drum
"The Long and Winding Road" Keyboards
"The Fool on the Hill"
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"/"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise)" Electric guitar
"Good Day Sunshine"
"Can't Buy Me Love"
"Put It There"/"Hello, Goodbye (reprise)" Acoustic guitar
"Things We Said Today"
"Eleanor Rigby" None None None None
"This One" Bass Electric guitar Electric guitar Drums Tambourine
"My Brave Face" Keyboards
"Back in the U.S.S.R."
"I Saw Her Standing There"
"Twenty Flight Rock" (not played in all cities)
"Coming Up"
"Let It Be" Piano Bass
"Ain't That a Shame" or Lennon medley ("Strawberry Fields Forever"/"Help!"/"Give Peace a Chance") (both not played in all cities)
"Live and Let Die"
"If I Were Upon the Stage" o The Hustle
"Hey Jude" Tambourine/Keyboards
"Yesterday" Acoustic guitar None None None None
"P.S. Love Me Do" (played only in some cities) None Bass Electric guitar Drums Keyboards
"Get Back" Bass Electric guitar
"Golden Slumbers"/"Carry That Weight"/"The End" Keyboards/Electric guitar Bass/Electric guitar

Soundcheck


  1. "I Want To Hold Your Hand" (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) Played July 4, 1990 RFK Stadium Washington, D.C.
  2. "C Moon" (McCartney)
  3. "Crackin' Up" (McDaniel)
  4. "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" (Greene)
  5. "Inner City Madness" (Paul McCartney/Linda McCartney/Stuart/McIntosh/Wickens/Whitten)
  6. "Matchbox" (Perkins)
  7. "Sally" (Haines/Leon/Towers)
  8. "Together" (Paul McCartney/Linda McCartney/Stuart/McIntosh/Wickens/Whitten)

See also


References


  1. "Tour Archives: The Paul McCartney World Tour". Paul McCartney. MPL Communications (which owns "paulmccartney.com"). Retrieved 12 Dec 2020.
  2. Paul McCartney Concert Setlist at Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden on September 28, 1989 http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/1989/scandinavium-gothenburg-sweden-63d11ec7.html
  3. Paul McCartney Concert Setlist at Johanneshov Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden on September 30, 1989 http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/1989/johanneshov-isstadion-stockholm-sweden-33d08c89.html
  4. Paul McCartney Concert Setlist at NEC Arena, Birmingham, England on January 5, 1990 http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/1990/nec-arena-birmingham-england-33d7445d.html
  5. Paul McCartney Concert Setlist at Wembley Arena, London, England on January 11, 1990 http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/1990/wembley-arena-london-england-13d2fd41.html
  6. Paul McCartney Concert Setlist at Wembley Arena, London, England on January 20, 1990 http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/1990/wembley-arena-london-england-bd4798a.html
  7. Paul McCartney Concert Setlist at Wembley Arena, London, England on January 13, 1990 http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/1990/wembley-arena-london-england-73d1aaa9.html
  8. Paul McCartney Concert Setlist at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI, USA on February 1, 1990 http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/1990/the-palace-of-auburn-hills-auburn-hills-mi-33d7b83d.html
  9. Paul McCartney Concert Setlist at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI, USA on February 2, 1990 http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/1990/the-palace-of-auburn-hills-auburn-hills-mi-2bd7b836.html
  10. Paul McCartney Concert Setlist at Great Western Forum, Inglewood, CA, USA on February 18, 1990 http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/1990/great-western-forum-inglewood-ca-13d24d25.html
  11. Paul McCartney Concert Setlist at Texas Stadium, Irving, TX, USA on April 7, 1990 http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/1990/texas-stadium-irving-tx-7bd7a20c.html
  12. Paul McCartney Concert Setlist at Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY, USA on February 11, 1990 http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/1990/rupp-arena-lexington-ky-3d705e3.html
  13. Paul McCartney Concert Setlist at Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH, USA on February 12, 1990 http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/1990/riverfront-coliseum-cincinnati-oh-6bd3ead2.html
  14. Paul McCartney Concert Setlist at U.C. Berkeley Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA, USA on April 1, 1990 http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/1990/uc-berkeley-memorial-stadium-berkeley-ca-33de1c15.html
  15. Paul McCartney Concert Setlist at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ, USA on April 4, 1990 http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/1990/sun-devil-stadium-tempe-az-43d79b3f.html
  16. Paul McCartney Concert Setlist at Tampa Stadium, Tampa, FL, USA on April 12, 1990 http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/1990/tampa-stadium-tampa-fl-73d59221.html
  17. Paul McCartney Concert Setlist at Estadio Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on April 20, 1990 http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/1990/estadio-maracana-rio-de-janeiro-brazil-bd55de2.html
  18. Paul McCartney Concert Setlist at Estadio Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on April 21, 1990 http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/1990/estadio-maracana-rio-de-janeiro-brazil-1bd55de0.html
  19. Complete footage of the April 21, 1990 concert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0C_yRKR3Rc
  20. Madinger, Chip; Mark Easter (2000). Eight Arms To Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium. Chesterfield, MO: 44.1 Productions, LP. p. 332. ISBN 0-615-11724-4.
  21. Paul McCartney Concert Setlist at Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland, OH, USA on July 20, 1990 http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/1990/cleveland-stadium-cleveland-oh-43d35f53.html
  22. Paul McCartney Concert Setlist at Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC, USA on July 22, 1990 http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/1990/carter-finley-stadium-raleigh-nc-43d53773.html