Paul McCartney goes into home stretch as he nears end of One On One tour

As Paul McCartney's One On One Tour, which began in April in Fresno, California, rolls closer to its end in October, the shows have remained quite an evening's entertainment, running over 2½ hours in length and being played several days a week, three since Aug. 9. Not bad for a 74-year-old Beatle. And each night he has celebrated his fans. During his two nights at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Aug. 9 and 10, he brought up a fan with a “Hey Jude” tattoo. At his Aug. 13 concert in St. Louis, a group of visually impaired music students from the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments was invited by McCartney to see the show, local station KMOV reported.

Newspaper reviews throughout the tour have had a striking similarity in their positive reviews, citing their length and the mix of Beatles and solo song. The Washington Post praised his self-effacing humor. (The audio for one of the Washington shows, with a terrible camera angle, was posted on YouTube.) The St. Louis Today website called the show in that city “magical.” The set lists, as they have through the tour, have remained almost similar song-for-song, but there was one change this past week, according to set lists provided by McCartney's press office. For the second Verizon show Aug. 10, he made a rare set list swap bringing in “Jet” and taking out “Letting Go.” The change lasted only one show, however, as “Letting Go” was brought back for the Busch Stadium show in St. Louis, Aug. 13.

The tour now has three more shows this month starting Aug. 15 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, before closing out the month Aug. 17 and 18 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. It then takes a lengthy break before picking up over for two shows Oct. 4 and 5 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, then finishing up with shows on the two-weekend Desert Trip festival in Indio, California on Oct. 8 and 15. Tickets for all shows are here.