The Tour that Saved His Career

I wrote elsewhere that the  1980s were not a good decade for Paul McCartney. One might even be tempted to say that had Sir Paul never reinvented himself as a Beatle in 1989, it is entirely possible that he could have faded into obscurity, at least as a live performing act.

So what changed?

He started playing Beatles stuff.

Not just one or two, like he had done with Wings.

We're talking anywhere from half to two-thirds of the set list.

Anyone paying attention realized, holy shit, he's playing the music never played live by the Beatles themselves, since the Fab Four quit touring before the release of Sgt. Pepper, and gems like the above came after.

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