2004 summer tour - europe
May - June 2004

May 25, 2004 Gijon, Spain Estadio El Molinon
May 28, 2004 Lisbon, Portugal Parque Bela Vista
May 30, 2004 Madrid, Spain Estadio de Madrid
June 2, 2004 Zurich, Switzerland Letzigrund Stadion
June 4, 2004 Leipzig, Germany Zentralstadion
June 6, 2004 Prague, Czech Republic T-Mobile Park
June 8, 2004 Horsens, Denmark Forum Horsens Stadium
June 9, 2004* Horsens, Denmark Forum Horsens Stadium
June 12, 2004 Gothenburg, Sweden Ullevi Stadium
June 14, 2004 Oslo, Norway Valle Hovin Stadion
June 17, 2004 Helsinki, Finland Olympiastadion
June 20, 2004 St. Petersburg, Russia Palace Square
June 24, 2004 Paris, France Stade de France
June 26, 2004 Glastonbury, England Worthy Farm Pilton

* added show

set list

  • Jet
  • Got To Get You Into My Life
  • Flaming Pie
  • All My Loving
  • Let Me Roll It
  • You Won't See Me
  • She's A Woman
  • Maybe I'm Amazed
  • The Long And Winding Road
  • In Spite Of All The Danger
  • Blackbird
  • We Can Work It Out
  • Here Today
  • All Things Must Pass
  • I'll Follow The Sun
  • For No One
  • Calico Skies
  • I've Just Seen A Face
  • Michelle (Performed in Paris on 06/24 only)
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • Drive My Car
  • Penny Lane
  • Get Back
  • Band On The Run
  • Back In The USSR
  • Live And Let Die
  • I've Got A Feeling
  • Lady Madonna
  • Hey Jude


  • Yesterday
  • Follow Me (Performed in Glastonbury on 06/26 only)
  • Let It Be
  • I Saw Her Standing There

    more encores

  • Helter Skelter
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band / The End
  • musicians

  • Paul McCartney
  • Rusty Anderson
  • Brian Ray
  • Wix Wickens
  • Abe Laboriel Junior

  • Roy Kerr, aka The Freelance Hellraiser, aka DJ Hellraiser (pre-show)

  • The culmination of the 04 Summer Tour in Glastonbury played a strong role in the selection of the visuals and themes for the tour. With the Glastonbury Festival originating during the hippie era and the belief the venue is located on a mystical ley line, the design team blended imagery of sun, moon, magic, legend with a twist of Celtic mythology and Sixties psychedelia.

    Each show was opened with an approximately 18-minute remix performed from the side of the stage by Roy Kerr, aka The Freelance Hellraiser, aka DJ Hellraiser. He was accompanied center stage by a heraldic performer on stilts who served as MC to the other 8 dance and acrobat performers dressed in brightly coloured medieval and '60s costumes. The remix, which blended several familiar McCartney tracks into unfamiliar forms, would serve as a pre-cursor to the formal 2005 collaborative release Twin Freaks.

    A final countdown of "Three, Two, One" signalled the stage crew to draw back the curtain decorated with a goat-like creature and other imagery from Paul's painting Egypt station to reveal the band performing a musical segue into the opener 'Jet'.

    (download 56-page Tour Programme)

    Rehearsals for the tour took place at London's Millennium Dome which Paul leased for 3 weeks at an apparent 250,000 GBP price tag. Very poor quality tapes probably recorded from fans outside the venue circulate, 8 tracks for instance being included on Mid Summer Records' Glastonbury Festival + Millennium Dome Rehearsals (MD-20040626). Visual snippets of the preparations can be seen in the documentary preceding the St. Petersburg portion of A&E Home Video's Paul McCartney In Red Square (AAE-71104).

    Paul and band performed a full dress rehearsal on Monday, May 24 at Estadio El Molinon. An audience recording is presented on Mid Summer Records' Gijon Dress Rehearsal (MD-20040524).

    Gijon - Estadio El Molinon - Tuesday, May 25, 2004

    While the audio equipment at the opening gig of the tour performed as expected for the 25,000 in attendance, the same could not be said about the local mobile phone network. A poorly organized texting contest for free tickets run by the mobile provider Telefónica-Movistar combined with an abundance of fans calling their friends to eavesdrop on the show to cause a meltdown of the local mobile network.

    Live Performance Gijon (Piccadilly Circus PCCD 023/024/025)

    Gijon, Spain - May 25, 2004 - Soundcheck Gijon Soundcheck (Mid Summer Records MD-20040525)
    1 "Heartbreaker (without Paul)"
    2 "Rusty's Song (without Paul)"
    3 "Paul's Intro"
    4 "Oh Yeah! My Little Baby!"
    5 Coming Up
    6 Honey Don't
    7 Matchbox
    8 "Welcome To My Special Guests"
    9 C Moon
    10 Hot As Sun
    11 San Fransciso Bay Blues
    12 "Acoustic Instrumental"
    13 Midnight Special
    14 "Piano's Song"
    15 "Time For My Massage"
    16 Lady Madonna
    17 "Muchas Gracias!"

    Lisbon - Parque Bela Vista - Friday, May 28, 2004

    Following the huge success of the Rock in Rio festival trilogy, entrepreneur Roberto Medina decided to organize a festival of similar stature in Lisbon, with the event taking on the official name Rock in Rio Lisboa.

    Fans expecting to hear the concert broadcast live on RFM Radio via the net were disappointed the station was not allowed to broadcast Paul's concert even though they could broadcast other performers at the festival as the official radio station. Paul's concert fell into a 'special' category and though part of the festival it was a separate concert held on an 'extra' day with no other bands performing besides Paul, thus the festival broadcasting conditions for radio and TV did not apply. In a further isolation, McCartney demanded that the Rock in Rio organization's logo and logos of festival sponsors be covered during his performance because he only wanted to be associated with the show and not it's advertisers. For the show, the logos were covered over in a black cloth.

    46,000 enthusiastic fans took in Paul's portion of the festival. While two women backstage translated anything said in English to be displayed on the big screens, Paul took several opportunities to try out his own Portuguese. However, for the highlight of the night Paul returned to his native tongue to share with the crowd the bond Portugal had with the epic song, 'Yesterday'. It was back on May 27th, 1965 during a five-hour car trip from Lisbon Airport to the Algarve that he wrote the lyrics to the song that has since been covered by over 3,000 artists and holds the record for the most-played radio song. This would be his first-ever public performance in the land where it was born.

    Live Performance Lisbon Portugal 2004 (Mid Summer Records MD-20040528)
    Midnight Express To Madrid (Non Plus Ultra NPU-P-01/02/03)
    * Summer Tour in Madrid 2004 (Beatles Master Works BMW-001V)
    1 Get Back*
    2 She's A Woman*
    3 Live And Let Die*

    Madrid - Estadio de Madrid - Sunday, May 30, 2004

    As with the previous date in Spain, Paul recited his 'Three Rabbits' poem from 1991's Liverpool Oratorio ("Tres conejos en un arbul tocando et tambor; que si, gue no, que si lo be visto yo"), this time following 'I've Got A Feeling' rather than 'I'll Follow The Sun'. A well-prepared fan managed to have their gift draw the attention of Paul during the final bows and it made its way onstage. The item held high by Paul and paraded around the stage: three fluffy rabbits dolls in a row playing a drum.

    Live Performance Midnight Express To Madrid (Non Plus Ultra NPU-P-01/02/03)
    Summer Tour In Madrid 2004 (Beatles Master Works BMW-001V)

    Zurich - Letzigrund Stadion - Wednesday, June 2, 2004

    The afternoon soundcheck includes the only known post-Beatles band rendition of the unreleased Lennon/McCartney tune 'Just Fun' (McCartney did an abbreviated a cappella version during a 1999 interview on the UK Channel 4 morning show The Big Breakfast). As for the evening show, the rain which started just before the opening notes of the DJ Hellraiser remix continued throughout the entire concert soaking the pre-show performers and the 30,000 fans in attendance, which created a sticky situation for fans as the end of show confetti fell from the sky.

    Live Performance Zurich Switzerland 2004 (Mid Summer Records MD-20040602)

    Zurich, Switzerland - June 2, 2004 - Encore* and Soundcheck Zurich Switzerland - 2 (Mid Summer Records MD-20040602-2)
    1 Yesterday*
    2 Let It Be*
    3 I Saw Her Standing There*
    4 Helter Skelter*
    5 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band / The End*
    6 Coming Up
    7 Honey Don't
    8 Matchbox
    9 Summertime
    10 C Moon
    11 "Happy Birthday"
    12 "She's A Jolly Good Fellow"
    13 Celebration
    14 Blue Moon Of Kentucky
    15 San Francisco Bay Blues
    16 I'll Follow The Sun
    17 Blackbird
    18 Just Fun
    19 "Hold Onto Your Precious Love"
    20 "Time For My Massage"
    21 "That's Okay Oh Oh Oh Jam"
    22 Lady Madonna

    Leipzig - Zentralstadion - Friday, June 4, 2004

    Paul, Heather, and baby arrived in Leipzig on the day of the concert and checked into the Fürstenhof Hotel. Construction on a bridge in front of the hotel was making it difficult for baby Bea to sleep so Paul asked the hotel manager Herr Müller to provide beer for the workers. With the noise stopped Bea slept and Paul was able to head off to the soundcheck.

    The evening's show, Paul's first in what was once known as East Germany, was taken in by 45,000 spectators who did not let the persistent driving rain put a damper on the event. Paul's show at the Zentralstadion would be his first of two venues on the 04 Summer Tour where he would go down in history as being the venue's inaugural performing act.

    Live Performance Red Sundown (Beatles Master Works BMW032 A/B/C)

    Prague - T-Mobile Park - Sunday, June 6, 2004

    Paul and band had the pleasure, or displeasure depending on the way you look at it, of being the first musical act to perform at the T-Mobile Park outdoor auditorium. Only months before the show Prague city officials and the Park developers were locked in legal wrangling over building permits for the proposed venue location in Prague 11. It was only with short notice that the venue was moved across town to Prague 9 where at the time of the concert it could be described as being little more than a muddy industrial field.

    Live Performance Prague Czech Republic 2004 (Mid Summer Records MD-20040606)

    Horsens - Forum Horsens Stadium - Tuesday, June 8, 2004
    Horsens - Forum Horsens Stadium - Wednesday, June 9, 2004

    In honour of Paul's visit the road from downtown Horsens to the concert venue was renamed Abbey Road for the period of June 8-9.

    The Tuesday night show was attended by several of Denmark's politicians and members of the business and showbiz scenes, roughly 2000 strong. Their incessant chatter throughout the entire performance was said to mar the enjoyment of those in the vicinity of the VIP section, even arousing this mumbled comment from Paul himself after one song, "Well what do you expect for 5 pounds".

    Wednesday night's performance was the only added show to the 04 Summer Tour. With the elimination of the distracting VIP section the crowd was noticeable more energetic despite initial frustration with long delays at the entrance gate. Apparently, Paul's request for heightened security resulted in the confiscation of even the most unthreatening of items: sandwiches.

    Live Performance Horsens Denmark 2004 (Mid Summer Records MD-20040608/09)

    Gothenburg - Ullevi Stadium - Saturday, June 12, 2004

    One day after celebrating his 2nd year wedding anniversary with Heather, Paul played to a non-capacity crowd of 36,227. Paul dedicated 'Eleanor Rigby' to the late Ray Charles who had just died the day before (perhaps an omen for the Macca marriage). He started out by singing the song in a bluesy fashion in honour of Charles, with whom the Beatles toured with back in the early 1960s.

    Having first performed live together in February 2002 at The Super Bowl in New Orleans, the Gothenburg show would serve as the celebratory 100th concert together for Paul, Rusty, Brian, Wix and Abe.

    Live Performance Gothenburg Sweden 2004 (Mid Summer Records MD-20040612)

    Oslo - Valle Hovin Stadion - Monday, June 14, 2004

    Upon entry to the venue 28-year-old Siri Sørflaten, a district manager with the Mail Service in Oslo, was stopped and advised she was the 8th millionth fan to see Paul since Wings ended in 1980. She along with husband Geir were taken backstage where Paul presented keys to a brand new Lexus RX3000 four-wheel drive and posed for photos. A kiss and a hug later Siri took in the show from the VIP section. Despite only filling the stadium to half capacity Paul managed to keep the crowd in a good concert mood.

    Live Performance Oslo Norway 2004 (Mid Summer Records MD-20040614)

    Helsinki - Olympiastadion - Thursday, June 17, 2004

    Returning to Finland for the first time since Wings' 1972 Tour Paul played to a non-soldout crowd of 35,000. The rain before and throughout the show did not damper the spirits of those in attendance. Perhaps distracted by the double rainbow which appeared during the tributes to John ('Here Today') and George ('All Things Must Pass') the Finnish crowd neglected to yell out the standard "What about Ringo?" so Paul and band did not perform 'Yellow Submarine'. An audience recording circulates on amateur cdr, this being the only stop on the 04 Summer Tour that has not been published on factory-pressed cd or pro-cdr.

    St. Petersburg - Palace Square - Sunday, June 20, 2004

    Paul arrived in St. Petersburg on June 18th, his birthday. Billed as his 3000th concert appearance the St. Petersburg gig was professionally filmed and an edited performance was featured as a bonus on the official Paul McCartney In Red Square (A&E Home Video) dvd. Rain resulting from "cloud-bursting" delayed the start of the show by an hour and a half. This technique previously employed by Russia for many public holidays and festivities involves jets dispersing dry ice into the clouds inducing them to empty their content. The concert organizers apparently paid $36,000 for 3 jets to perform the task.

    Live Performance St. Petersburg (Piccadilly Circus PCCD 026/027/028)
    04 Summer In Russia (Master of Beatles Essentials MBE-005V1/2)
    Paul McCartney In Red Square (A&E Home Video AAE-71104 )

    St. Petersburg, Russia - June 20, 2004 - Soundcheck St. Petersburg (Piccadilly Circus PCCD 026/027/028)
    1 "Jam"
    2 "Jam"
    3 Coming Up
    4 Honey Don't
    5 Matchbox
    6 "Jam"
    7 The Palace Of The King Of The Birds
    8 C Moon
    9 Midnight Special
    10 San Fransicso Bay Blues
    11 Follow Me
    12 "Time For Massage"
    13 Lady Madonna
    14 "Jam"
    15 "Pre-show"

    Paris - Stade de France - Thursday, June 24, 2004

    Performing to a crowd of 50,000 Paul made one set list change for the Paris show, adding 'Michelle' before 'Eleanor Rigby'. By the end of the main set the crowd was in such a good mood that they sang all the way through 'Hey Jude' during which Paul led the traditional sing-along portion in French asking first "les garcons" (the boys) to sing, then, "les filles" (the girls) and finally "ensemble" (everyone).

    Live Performance Au Stade de France 2004 (Mid Summer Records MD-20040624)

    Paris, France - June 24, 2004 - Soundcheck Access All Areas: Paris Soundcheck (Batz Batz 0309)
    1 "Improvisation"
    2 C Moon
    3 Celebration
    4 San Francisco Bay Blues
    5 Midnight Special
    6 Follow Me
    7 "Time For My Massage"
    8 Lady Madonna
    9 Baby Face
    10 "Unknown Vocal Song"

    Glastonbury - Worthy Farm Pilton - Saturday, June 26, 2004

    Bad weather at the venue forced Paul's helicopter to divert and land at Bristol Airport where a chauffeured limo took him the remaining 20 miles. This caused a delay in the start of his set. The BBC Three broadcast live on television the final 14 songs of the performance: 'Drive My Car', 'Penny Lane', 'Get Back', 'Band On The Run', 'Back In The USSR', 'Live And Let Die', 'Lady Madonna', 'Hey Jude', 'Yesterday', 'Follow Me', 'Let It Be', 'I Saw Her Standing There', 'Helter Skelter', 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band / The End'. Paul announced 'Follow Me' as a "brand new song for Glastonbury" and it marked the first time this future Chaos And Creation In The Backyard album track was played live outside of a soundcheck. The Mid Summer Records Glastonbury Festival + Millennium Dome Rehearsals omits 'Lady Madonna' with The Way of Wizards dvd presenting all 14 songs. The official The McCartney Years dvd set includes 'Jet', 'Flaming Pie', 'Let Me Roll It', 'Blackbird' and 7 other songs in superior quality to those presented on The Way of Wizards release.

    Live Performance Glastonbury Festival + Millennium Dome Rehearsals (Mid Summer Records MD-20040626)
    Glastonbury 2004 (The Way of Wizards WOW-122)
    The McCartney Years (Rhino R2 285628)