- See photos from the Montreal soundcheck in the slideshow
If you attend a Paul McCartney soundcheck, you never know what you’ll hear. Ray Paul says Paul McCartney broke out a couple of unusual songs at the soundcheck for the Montreal Bell Centre show Tuesday.
One was “(I Want To) Come Home,” the song he wrote for the Robert DeNiro film “Everyone’s Fine.” The song was nominated for an Academy Award, but lost to T-Bone Burnett’s “The Weary Kind.” It was also nominated for two Golden Globes and lost to, you guessed it, T-Bone Burnett.
Also performed was “San Francisco Bay Blues,” which McCartney actually performed last year during his show at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
He told us Paul arrived late for the soundcheck because of problems with his plane in New York.
We were told that Paul was running late (what else is new) and that we could go in and up to the reception room or walk around and come back to check in by 4 PM. Most of us chose to go inside and check-in. We were let into the Bell Centre around 3:15 p.m. Around 4:15, we were told that Paul was still in NYC and that his plane had mechanical problems. At 5 p.m., he still had not left NYC. So, they brought out the food and beverages for us. Finally, around 5:20 pm, we were told that Paul was on the plane and on his way. Around 6:05 pm, we were led down to the arena floor and told to expect Paul soon. He showed up about 10 minutes later and the soundcheck began at 6:15 p.m.
The late arrival forced an abbreviated set.
Understandably, it was shorter than the average soundcheck. Due to arriving late, Paul seemed to whip through the set with little or no patter.
One of the funnier incidents at the soundcheck involved a Japanese fan who he invited up on stage. When asked her name, she said, “Yoko.” His reaction was priceless and the crowd roared.
Here’s the soundtrack set list. We have some soundcheck photos in the slideshow:
1. Matchbox (Paul on guitar)
2. Honey Don’t (Paul on guitar)
3. Coming Up (Paul on bass)
4. An unknown song; kind of a jam with Paul singing lyrics very hard to understand. Never heard him do this one before. Towards the end, he kept repeating Montreal…Montreal…Montreal. Sounded like tey just made it up as they were going along. (Paul on bass)
5. Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying (Paul on piano)
6. I Want To Come Home (from DeNiro film) (Paul on piano)
7. San Francisco Bay Blues (Paul on acoustic guitar)
8. Things We Said Today
9. Acoustic jam
10. Dance Tonight (Paul on mandolin)
11. Leaning On The Lamppost (Paul on ukelele)
12. Bluebird (Paul on acoustic)
13. Yesterday (Paul on acoustic)
14. Long synth intro (on psychedelic piano)
before starting Lady Madonna
The soundcheck ended at 7:10PM and the crowd was waiting to come in. The show, which was scheduled to start at 8 p.m., began at 8:40 pm.