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"On the Run" vs. "Got Back"

by Paul Semendinger

June 20, 2022


Paul McCartney rocked MetLife Stadium. 11 years ago he rocked Yankee Stadium!

Last week, we compared the set lists. I was fortunate to be at both concerts. Both were fantastic. I'd go see him again tomorrow.

But for fun, today I'm going to determine which set list was better by comparing the songs that he only played at one venue or the other. (Obviously, the songs that be played at both rate as a tie.) To also make this fun, I'll rate the songs in the order they appeared.


On the Run Tour

Venue: Yankee Stadium III (Bronx, New York)

Dates: July 15th and 16th, 2011

Setlist of songs that were not repeated in 2022:

  1. Magical Mystery Tour (The Beatles)

  2. All My Loving (The Beatles)

  3. Drive My Car (The Beatles)

  4. Sing the Changes (The Fireman)

  5. The Night Before (The Beatles)

  6. Paperback Writer (The Beatles)

  7. The Long and Winding Road (The Beatles)

  8. I'm Looking Through You (The Beatles)

  9. I Will (The Beatles)

  10. Mrs. Vandebilt (Wings)

  11. Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles)

  12. Back in the U.S.S.R. (The Beatles)

  13. A Day in the Life (The Beatles) - with snippet of "Give Peace a Chance"* (John Lennon)

  14. I Saw Her Standing There (The Beatles) - with Billy Joel

  15. Yesterday (The Beatles)

Got Back Tour

Venue: MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, New Jersey)

Dates: June 16th, 2022

Setlist of songs not played in 2011:

  1. Can't Buy Me Love (The Beatles)

  2. Letting Go (Wings)

  3. Got to Get You Into My Life (The Beatles)

  4. Come on to Me

  5. Getting Better (The Beatles)

  6. My Valentine

  7. I've Just Seen a Face (The Beatles)

  8. In Spite of All the Danger (The Quarrymen)

  9. Love Me Do (The Beatles)

  10. New

  11. Fuh You

  12. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (The Beatles)

  13. You Never Give Me Your Money (The Beatles)

  14. She Came in Through the Bathroom Window (The Beatles)

  15. I Wanna Be Your Man (The Beatles) - with Bruce Springsteen

THE HEAD-TO-HEAD RANKINGS: (The winning song in BLUE and BOLD)

  1. Magical Mystery Tour vs Can't Buy Me Love (The early Beatles song wins here)

  2. All My Loving vs Letting Go (Hands down, the Beatles song will almost always win)

  3. Drive My Car vs Got To Get You Into My Life (Got to get You Into My Life is probably my favorite Beatles song ever)

  4. Sing the Changes vs Come On To Me (Sing The Changes is a beautiful song)

  5. The Night Before vs Getting Better (Two lesser-known songs, Getting Better rocks better)

  6. Paperback Writer vs My Valentine (The Beatles over a newer solo song)

  7. The Long and Winding Road vs I've Just Seen A Face (I've Just Seen A Face kicks off Rubber Soul. Great song)

  8. I'm Looking Through You vs In Spite of All the Danger

  9. I Will vs Love Me Do (Both great songs, but the harmonica helps Love Me Do win)

  10. Mrs. Vanderbilt vs New (I like both of these songs, but Mrs. Vanderbilt is a favorite)

  11. Eleanor Rigby vs Fuh You (I greatly dislike Fuh You - one of Paul's worst songs)

  12. Back in the USSR vs Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite (Back in the USSR is also one of my favorites)

  13. A Day In The Life vs You Never Give Me Your Money (How do you pick against A Day in the Life? I love Side 2 of Abbey Road - especially this song.)

  14. I Saw Her Standing There vs She Came In Through the Bathroom Window (But, I Saw Her Standing There Is So Great As A Concert Song)

  15. Yesterday vs I Wanna Be Your Man (Same logic here. Yesterday is great. I Wanna Be Your Man rocks.)


SPECIAL GUEST - Billy Joel vs Bruce Springsteen = BOTH!


The concerts tie 7-7. These are Paul McCartney concerts after all.

How can one win over the other?



Jun 20, 2022

Jun 20, 2022

Andy Singer
Andy Singer
Jun 20, 2022
Replying to

The answer is Brother Ray.

What was the question?

I've long wished that his rendition of America the Beautiful would be played in ballparks during the 7th inning stretch before Take Me Out To The Ballgame.

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