Part of the DVD portion of Paul McCartney’s new CD/DVD release, Good Evening New York City, aired on ABC this past Thanksgiving night (11/26/09).
The live show that makes up the new release was recorded from McCartney’s July 17 and 18, 2009 shows at Citi Field in Flushing, New York, basically on the original site of Shea Stadium (Shea was just demolished this year), the site of two concerts by a band called The Beatles. The first on August 15, 1965, and again for the band’s fourth-to-last U.S. concert, on August 23, 1966. One week later, on August 30, 1966, The Beatles played its last US. concert, and last ever show on tour, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The only live show by The Beatles after this was the famous rooftop concert on January 30, 1969.
In retrospect, the two Shea Stadium shows by The Beatles were significant points in the band’s live performance history.
Forty-three years later, after a new venue has been constructed in place of the old, Paul McCartney of The Beatles returned to show not only the people of New York, but the world, that he still shares in (he is 1 of 4) the capacity to hold us all in the palms of his hands.
Below, see a teaser clip of McCartney’s newly released Good Evening New York City, followed by nearly ten minutes of footage from The Beatles’ 1965 Shea Stadium concert, then corresponding concert posters for both.