Paul McCartney breaks out rarely performed 'Mull of Kintyre' at Canadian stop


As he usually does when he performs in Canada, Paul McCartney brought out the special chestnut “Mull of Kintyre” at the July 21 show at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. “I never heard 'Mull of Kintyre' live before. It was awesome,” posted a fan on McCartney's website. The song was performed with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada Band.

The story of “Mull of Kintyre” is an unusual one for American McCartney fans. The song, released as a 45 RPM single in 1977 and backed with “Girls School,” was a blockbuster no. 1 hit in the UK in the 1977 Christmas season and became the best-selling single in his career, selling over 2 million copies. But the opposite happened in the U.S. -- it was a failure. The single, with "Girls School" as the A-side pitched to radio stations, peaked at only No. 33 on the Billboard charts during an 11-week run. Consequently, when he's on tour he won't perform the song in the U.S., but he does add it to his set lists in Canada and the UK.

Other than the addition of “Mull of Kintyre” to the Hamilton setlist, his shows both there and the previous one in Hersheypark, Pennsylvania on July 19 had the regular set of songs he's used for most of the One On One Tour. A fan who was a teacher was brought up on stage at Hersheypark. She posted on the McCartney website her meeting him was a “dream come true.”

The tour returns to action Aug. 7 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, followed by two back-to-back shows Aug. 9 and 10 at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. But it's winding down with only 11 shows left. The One to One Tour will end Oct. 8 and 15 with the mega fest Desert Trip festival in Indio, California, that also will feature the Rolling Stones, Roger Waters, the Who, Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Tickets for all shows are available here.