Paul McCartney not just playing the hits on current tour

Paul McCartney will bring his One on One Tour to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Aug. 7.

Paul McCartney will bring his One on One Tour to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Aug. 7.


When Paul McCartney brings his One on One Tour to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, Aug. 7, most of the songs, naturally enough, will be ones that virtually everyone in the audience will know well: “Let It Be,” “Hey Jude,” “Yesterday,” “Live and Let Die,” “Maybe I’m Amazed” and so on.

But at every stop on this tour, he has also been including a handful of songs of a somewhat more obscure nature — songs that his hardcore fans will know, but that may be unfamiliar to his more casual followers.

And so, for those planning to go to the show, here’s a preview of five songs that you may want to brush up on:

“Save Us”: The first track on McCartney’s 2013 album New, “Save Us” — co-written with producer Paul Epworth — is a hard-driving plea for the singer’s lover to try to salvage their strained relationship.

“Temporary Secretary”: One of the weirdest songs McCartney ever has recorded, “Temporary Secretary,” from his 1980 album McCartney II, is a goofy, experimental electropop song about a guy who, yes, is trying to hire a temporary secretary, though he seems to have more than dictation on his mind. McCartney performed it for the first time in concert last year.

“In Spite of All the Danger”: Not a Beatles song, but a pre-Beatles song, co-written by McCartney and George Harrison in 1958 (!) and recorded by them, John Lennon and two other musicians as The Quarrymen. That recording was released on the 1995 Beatles rarities compilation, Anthology I. Trivia fact: This is the only song written by McCartney and Harrison, with no other Beatles.

“Queenie Eye”: Also from New, and also co-written with Epworth. The title phrase is derived from a British children’s game.

“FourFiveSeconds”: Co-written with Kanye West and seven others, and released last year as a single with West and Rihanna, “FourFiveSeconds” was, indeed, a Top 10 hit, but since it’s probable that many in attendance on Aug. 7 won’t be familiar with it, as they’re not really tuned in to the Top 40 anymore, I’m including it here anyway.

Here is the setlist from McCartney’s July 19 concert at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa. He has been using similar setlists throughout the tour, with no changes, or only minor ones, from show to show.

“A Hard Day’s Night”
“Save Us”
“Can’t Buy Me Love”
“Letting Go”
“Temporary Secretary”
“Let Me Roll It”
“I’ve Got a Feeling”
“My Valentine”
“Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five”
“Here, There and Everywhere”
“Maybe I’m Amazed”
“We Can Work It Out”
“In Spite of All the Danger”
“You Won’t See Me”
“Love Me Do”
“And I Love Her”
“Here Today”
“Queenie Eye”
“The Fool on the Hill”
“Lady Madonna”
“Eleanor Rigby”
“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!”
“Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”
“Band on the Run”
“Back in the U.S.S.R.”
“Let It Be”
“Live and Let Die”
“Hey Jude”

“Hi, Hi, Hi”
“Golden Slumbers”
“Carry That Weight”
“The End”

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