Paul McCartney opened his 2016 One on One world tour on Wednesday night in, of all places, Fresno, at the Save Mart Center arena on the campus of Cal State Fresno.
As he’s been doing in recent years, along with return visits to major markets, the former Beatle and double Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee includes cities he has never visited, and chose to launch the new tour with his first performance in the Central Valley town of a half-million. No other California stops have been announced.
Here are five other things we learned at opening night:
1. In the beginning: For the first time on one of his solo tours, the show opens with “A Hard Day’s Night,” the title track from the Beatles’ 1964 movie that begins with one of the most iconic chords in all of rock music. A giant video screen behind the stage projected scenes from the film and multiple other images from McCartney’s life as he and the other four members of his touring band delivered meticulously arranged versions of more than three dozen songs from the Beatles and McCartney’s solo career.
4. Yesterday ... and Today: The show ran nearly three hours, with no intermission, and spanned the full range of the 73-year-old musician’s career. He presented a semi-acoustic performance of “In Spite of All the Danger,” which he described as “the first song we ever recorded” during his days with the Quarrymen, the band Lennon led when the two Liverpool teens met in 1957. And the show reached forward to include “FourFiveSeconds,” the 2015 track on which he collaborated with Kanye West and Rihanna.