Paul McCartney charms the Pepsi Center

David Accomazzo | Boulder Weekly

It doesn’t get much more legendary than an ex-Beatle. Paul McCartney put on a hell of a show for what looked like a sold-out crowd at the Pepsi Center. He kicked off the night with some well-known post-Beatles stuff before breaking into “All My Loving,” to the wild cheers of the crowd. He closed out the first set with “Hey Jude.”

He came out waving a Colorado flag for the first of two encores he played that night, and then went into “Day Tripper,” “Lady Madonna” and “Get Back.” The lights stayed off, and after a few minutes the band came out to play “Yesterday,” “Helter Skelter” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise),” which transitioned into “The End.”

The three-guitar battle that capped off “The End” was a poignant throwback to the very same battle that happened on Abbey Road. McCartney seemed to have just as much energy as he did back in those days, and his voice sounded almost exactly the same. It’s a testament to his longevity and talent that he can still perform with such enthusiasm at the twilight of a storied career. If there was any doubt to McCartney’s legacy, he wiped them away at his Pepsi Center performance. Catch him while you can, because he won’t be around forever.

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