Paul McCartney Pays Homage to Las Vegas Shooting Victims at U.S. Tour Closing Concert
"On such a terrible day, we're going to celebrate the joy in life,” McCartney told the crowd during the last show from the North American leg of his One on One Tour.
After opening with the Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night," McCartney told the crowd at Little Caesars Arena that, "On such a terrible day, we're going to celebrate the joy in life" before leading into "Save Us." The sentiment echoed McCartney's tweet from earlier in the evening, when he wrote that, "Even though this has been a very sad day, we're going to celebrate the joys of life #OneOnOne."
Even though this has been a very sad day, we're going to celebrate the joys of life #OneOnOne— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 3, 2017
He made no subsequent comments about Las Vegas, although the events there did add poignancy to renditions of songs such as "We Can Work It Out" and the pairing of "A Day in the Life" — which McCartney noted was "appropriate in today's world" — and John Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance."
McCartney made no mention of Tom Petty's death, news of which broke during the show. He did tweet earlier, "Sending love to Tom Petty and his family at this difficult time."
Sending love to Tom Petty and his family at this difficult time.— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 2, 2017
McCartney's tour moves on to South America for a five-show run starting Oct. 12 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, ending with an Oct. 24 stop in Mexico City. He'll finish the year with a seven-show stand Down Under, playing Australia and New Zealand during December.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.