Paul McCartney Treats Liverpool to “A Day in the Life” Live Debut

6/2/08, 6:50 pm EST

More than forty years after first appearing on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Beatles‘ epic “A Day in the Life” made its debut live performance at a Paul McCartney concert in Liverpool this weekend. Following a run through “Yesterday,” the opening chords of “A Day of the Life” were strummed, and McCartney launched into the verses previously sung by John Lennon while Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono watched from the crowd. The song’s long delay to the live stage was apparent as McCartney accidentally sang his own “Made the bus in seconds flat” line twice before segueing into Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance.” Watch a clip from “A Day in the Life” above.


Comments

Ray | 6/8/2008, 9:01 pm EST

To Brett: Should the Stones stop? (You betcha and they should have stopped years ago) Should Springsteen stop? (Bruce isn’t in his mid-to-late sixties) To use Ringo as an example of somebody who is doing it right is laughable, considering he was never a “star” in the Beatles. There are only what, 4 or 5 Beatles songs he can possibly perform live? (There may be only 4 or 5 but at least they are songs he sang while he was in the group) Ringo wasn’t a star? Gee, I wasn’t aware of that. Seems to me they were all “stars” back then. Don’t let your Paul worship get in the way of reality, young fella.

Clark Cole | 6/7/2008, 4:08 pm EST

Bo Diddley lived in Archer,Fl..St.peterburg Times news paper did a great story on him passing and the front page had a picture that almost covered the the full page.The TV stations didn’t do anything including Ch 8.9,13 etc. and he was a resident of Florida.We need more on him and his family.His daughter plays music I understand.

colette | 6/7/2008, 3:11 pm EST

A Day Life is the result of a Lennon and Mccartney tune being combined. Paul came up with the I’d Love to turn you on line to connect the two.This was from an interview with Lennon. Who has a better right to do any Beatle song than Paul

BK | 6/7/2008, 2:13 pm EST

I read a blog today, oh boy…

JEFF SCOTT | 6/7/2008, 12:18 pm EST

i like jeff becks version

Motherf*cker | 6/7/2008, 5:50 am EST

Paul! Do not touch John’s songs! It sounds ugly!

6th Beatle | 6/6/2008, 11:02 pm EST

Sir Paul wants to have a hit very badly, but he just seems to have lost his edge. All the songs he wrote with the Beatles were wonderful. But he does not sound good at all on this one.The closest he comes to his old self is a song called Flaming Pie - Great Tune. I wish he would write more like that one. The stuff he has come up with lately just doesn’t stir any emotion. It’s bland and uninteresting. Maybe he’s got so much money, that he just doesn’t care anymore.

birkenhead | 6/6/2008, 7:16 pm EST

I was therein liverpool and it was an amazing and emotive evening. The whole set was incredibly well put together and pauls voice is still one the worlds best a fantastic rock and roll singer and got the whole audience singing with his guitar solo and blacbird.Fantastic

Mary Lynn | 6/6/2008, 7:10 pm EST

The hell with those making comments about Sir Paul!! Did/are you doing this now at the of 20 and under? Try it your sixties!!!

Agree with ALL of the positive comments.

Wish I could use stronger language!!!

dennis | 6/6/2008, 6:36 pm EST

i feel for you nitwits out there who feel compelled to make fun of mccartney’s age/voice. i know that none of you would be able to get on stage at age 66 and sing anything except a theme song for your favorite brand of Depends-type adult “undergarments”.
you must be terribly unhappy people if you have nothing better to do than ridicule someone who has achieved what mccartney has.
unhappy and very ignorant…
make fun of him all you want,but don’t tell me you’d not trade places with him.
GO PAUL! YOU RULE!
I hope to catch your North American tour this year or next.
God Bless You,Macca!
and Thank You for countless happy moments w/ your and the Beatles music.you and they made all the difference in my life,in many ways.

Nigel Tufnel | 6/6/2008, 3:48 pm EST

Pretty short clip for someone to conclude that Paul is dead.

Tough song to sing — production covered many of John’s vocal limitations and production is what made A Day In The Life.

Paul might have done better to simply do it stripped down with an accoustic guitar.

Paul can’t hit the high registers anymore — hasn’t for years. So what? You should hear me and David singing Gimme Some Money these days… Not pretty.

In his prime, Paul was always a more accomplished singer than John, except on the howlers.

Caught a Paul show last time ’round and only Jenny Ray was truly painful. The rest was bliss, if not studio perfection.

Hope there is a cleaned up DVD and then I’ll turn it to 11.

Brett | 6/6/2008, 2:08 pm EST

To Ray: Should Dylan stop? Should the Stones stop? Should Springsteen stop? Is there some maximum age where rock stars aren’t allowed to perform anymore after they pass it? To use Ringo as an example of somebody who is doing it right is laughable, considering he was never a “star” in the Beatles. There are only what, 4 or 5 Beatles songs he can possibly perform live?

Brett | 6/6/2008, 1:56 pm EST

You can play the same game with any other classic artist and pull out their worst songs to argue their worth. For every “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” I could name “Let it Be,” “Hey Jude,” “Yesterday,” “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Band on the Run,” “Live and Let Die,” etc…. the list goes on and on. Some people commenting here have no appreciation for musical history. Paul McCartney is one of the most important songwriters in history, and his music will live on long after you nitwits have hit your grave. And New York Doll, you’re a twit. You’re obviously just here to stir things up.

Jimmy | 6/6/2008, 8:00 am EST

“Cut him some slack.”

Let’s see: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, “Listen to What the Man Said”, “Driving Rain”, “Give My Regards to Broad St.”, no pre-nup to name a few.

Only person in the world who has been given for slack is Obama.

Nchi | 6/5/2008, 5:34 pm EST

He’s up there in years, but he’s still doing what he loves: Performing. Cut him some slack. Go listen to “Here Today” and say he doesn’t have the right to sing these songs anymore. He loved John. He loved performing. He’s not out to change or hurt anybody…geez.

Johnnie | 6/5/2008, 4:04 pm EST

The beat goes on with Paul.
I have done something with Beatles music the world should hear,All would cry tears of joy !
Peace
Johnnie

Surf City Sounds Plus | 6/5/2008, 2:01 pm EST

It’s great to see McCartney performing that old Sgt. Pepper chestnut….and that he and Yoko Ono appear to be getting along with each other these days…The clip is obviously footage from a future dvd release. Additionally, I hope there are plans to release material from the Abbey Road 1969 studio tapes that were recovered not too long ago. I’m not getting any younger, you see….:)! ~Java Jive Jay

New York Dolls | 6/5/2008, 11:19 am EST

I still KNOW that Roscoe P. Co.
Train would sing this better because he’s the king of yodeling after Slim Whitman of Una Poloma blanca fame!
So eat that sir Paul and go have some Grey POOP ON.

Brien Comerford | 6/5/2008, 11:03 am EST

All the musical morons who have been maligning Sir Paul should visit the London Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian and The Independent newspapers’ websites. All four British newspapers’ music critics said the McCartney Liverpool concert was awesome and he sounded great vocally and musically.

New York Doll | 6/5/2008, 9:58 am EST

ENRICO PALLAZO from the Naked Gun could have sung this song better!

New York Doll | 6/5/2008, 9:57 am EST

ENRICO PALLAZO from the Naken Gun could have sung this song better!

New York Doll | 6/5/2008, 9:36 am EST

Paul should get Ringo together then hire Steve Vai on the guitar and Malcolm young of acdc rhythm guitar fame.
Then he could do this song justice if he lets ROSCOE P. CO. TRAIN FROM THE DULES OF HAZZARD sing this song.
I heard him sing at bob’s country bumpkin bar and he slAyed the crowd with his yodeling.
The crowd yelled “GO ROSCOE GO ROSCOE”

“GU GU GU”

New York Doll | 6/5/2008, 9:35 am EST

Paul should get Ringo together then hire Steve Vai on the guitar and Malcolm young of acdc rhythm guitar fame.
Then he could do this song justice if he lets ROSCOE P. CO. TRAIN FROM THE DULES OF HAZZARD sing this song.
I heard him sing at bob’s country bumpkin bar and he slyed the crowd with his yodeling.
The crowd yelled “GO ROSCOE GO ROSCOE”

“GU GU GU”

New York Doll | 6/5/2008, 9:16 am EST

Paul sounds like a man taking a mountain dump after eating 10 JUMBO cans of baked beans.
OUCH!
Roscoe P. Co. Train from the dukes of hazzard could sing it better!
“GU GU GU”

New York Doll | 6/5/2008, 9:11 am EST

It’s not the maharishi man, it’s Lennon.

Venus Di Milo | 6/5/2008, 8:56 am EST

“but can open his eyes to see the light.
the minute you shut out the truth is the minute you shut out reality.
Get out of the dream.”

Uhhh, What? Geez, I thought the Maharishi was dead. Thank you for lighting the world with your pearls of wisdom.

New York Dolls | 6/5/2008, 8:47 am EST

People that can’t accept the truth just because the singer is their god are what we define as fanatical and blind to anything negative about their god.
I am a huge beatles fan and will always be .
There’s also no doubt as to the joy that the beatles have brought but Paul’s voice is fried.
It wobbles, is pitchy at times, and sounds like it’s about to crack at any given moment.
Now if you can’t accept the truth then your adoration has become fanatical.
Not a healthy way to be.
This is coming from someone who adores the beatles and digs alot of solo beatles stuff but can open his eyes to see the light.
the minute you shut out the truth is the minute you shut out reality.
Get out of the dream.
To quote Lennon “THE DREAM IS OVER”

Venus Di Milo | 6/5/2008, 6:53 am EST

“His singing would probably be a bit better if he gave up the weed- but those who somehow get pleasure in ridiculing him for whatever reason are pretty pathetic, shallow, ignorant little snots.”

I suggest rigorous psychotherapy for your self-hatred.

auramac | 6/5/2008, 12:52 am EST

Paul has done John tributes before, never a Day in the Life, though, I don’t think. It was doubly emotional seeing Yoko and Olivia together in the audience, with Yoko smiling when Paul went into Give Peace a Chance. His singing would probably be a bit better if he gave up the weed- but those who somehow get pleasure in ridiculing him for whatever reason are pretty pathetic, shallow, ignorant little snots. The joy Paul and that band has brought the world is absolutely immeasurable. You can cry tears of joy or sadness at almost anything left to hear from them.

Ray | 6/4/2008, 9:21 pm EST

I guess if you haven’t had a hit song in years (decades), you might as well revert back to the old stuff, even if it is one of John’s songs.

I don’t suppose Paul will ever see the light and just, you know, stop at some point, right? … No, didn’t think so … Damn.

Well, at least we still have Ringo. He puts his post-Beatles career all in perspective. It isn’t about being the ’star’ anymore, an approach Paul should try.

Keith | 6/4/2008, 2:14 pm EST

If Paul sung it me feels younger by 20 years.

Danny H | 6/4/2008, 2:07 pm EST

You’re great Paul!

PatrickD. | 6/4/2008, 8:39 am EST

makes me miss Lennon even more…..long live JOHN LENNON and the Beatles. Thanks Paul.

boatman | 6/4/2008, 12:16 am EST

I think Paul has sung some of John’s songs before live, like I’ll Get You.
I even heard he plays Imagine on his piano at home sometimes.
John has sung Oh Darling and I Saw Her Standing There live.

Darth Pop-Tart | 6/3/2008, 7:37 pm EST

cool…….

t | 6/3/2008, 7:33 pm EST

why does he never do any songs from Run Devil Run ?

grjonca | 6/3/2008, 4:45 pm EST

it is such a treat to see paul still singing those great songs…he is truly beethoven in our midst. enjoy the moments while you can.

grjonca | 6/3/2008, 4:45 pm EST

it is such a treat to see paul still singing those great songs…he is truly beethoven in our midst. enjoy the moments while you can.

elperrogrande | 6/3/2008, 4:29 pm EST

I didn’t think he sounded bad. It’s live, not mixed down to perfection through hours in the studio by a professional sound engineer. What do you expect?

Respect | 6/3/2008, 2:35 pm EST

Funny how some people can so easily bash a Beatle and one of the finest song writers of all-time.

Keep jammin to Nickleback and 3 Doors Down, so I won’t have to!

Respect | 6/3/2008, 2:35 pm EST

Funny how some people can so easily bash a Beatle and on of the finest song writers of all-time.

Keep jammin to Nickleback and 3 Doors Down, so I won’t have to!

silver beatle | 6/3/2008, 1:21 pm EST

you can see the whole clip at youtube.
I didn’t think Paul sounded that bad, he was probably very emotional during the song.

boocat | 6/3/2008, 12:14 pm EST

I wish we could hear the whole thing!!!

New York Doll | 6/3/2008, 12:04 pm EST

Paul is OLD and he doesn’t have the range and strngth in voice anymore.
You see it here and if you saw him live which i have 4 times then you would know.
He should sing what he can handle then he will sound comfortable instead of sounding like he’s about to crack.

TDjazz | 6/3/2008, 11:48 am EST

“I’m a HUGE Beatles fan but Paul sounds pitiful!”

You’re judging the performance from a short clip featuring a low-res music file?

Get back.

Anonymous | 6/3/2008, 11:48 am EST

“I’m a HUGE Beatles fan but Paul sounds pitiful!”

You’re judging the performance from a short clip featuring a low-res music file?

Get back.

New York Doll | 6/3/2008, 11:40 am EST

I’m a HUGE Beatles fan but Paul sounds pitiful!
He’s sounds like he’s on the verge of cracking notes and his voice has a wobble to it.
This guy needs to get his vocal chords checked and take a bottle of geritol.
Seriously though, he should stick to songs that are within his range which isn’t much anymore.

jp | 6/3/2008, 9:36 am EST

way to cut off the video right at the build up

Ringo | 6/3/2008, 8:36 am EST

That guy can’t play me fills properly.

auramac | 6/3/2008, 3:17 am EST

Wonder what the occasion was- both Yoko and Olivia were in the crowd. Wish we could see more…

welp | 6/3/2008, 2:14 am EST

yeah that sounded pretty awful. maybe next he can do yellow submarine and while my guitar gently weeps

Seth | 6/3/2008, 12:27 am EST

This is a beautiful and amazing moment.

Skullfreak | 6/2/2008, 8:56 pm EST

This IS nothing short of amazing. Paul has never sung John’s parts live before. He’s mellowed, and he misses his friend.

Amazing.... | 6/2/2008, 8:04 pm EST

This is going to change my life.

Oh wait. No it won’t.

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