Thank you for your question.
A review of the recent San Jose show at the Mercury News shows he got
on stage about a half hour after the concert started:
"...This time he took a wrong turn even before he came out: his
opening act was a DJ named Freelance Hellraiser (Roy Kerr) who for 20
minutes played mashups of McCartney songs. Only, he didn?t have
turntables, or anything remotely entertaining. The music was
preprogrammed and he stood around and occasionally acted like he might
be doing something important.
He drew boos as he left, from an audience that might have appreciated
a DJ with some real moves, like Mixmaster Mike, or might have hated
that too. (Hey, Paul, if you need an opener, have your two guitarists
come out and do stuff from their excellent solo albums.)
Then there was a 10-minute McCartney biography film, which served the
purpose of introducing the man that the Guiness Book of World Records
has called the top-selling pop artist ever, to those fans who
accidentally plunked down $200 for a good seat and wandered in..."
A review of the Toronto show in October shows the movie opening, but
no opening act. But this was early in the tour and later shows do have
the DJ opening.
ChartAttack also notes the movie as 15 minutes and no opener in Toronto:
"...Monday night's show at the ACC was near three hours long and
featured 37 songs. Before the Beatle stepped on stage, though, there
was a 15-minute video presentation of McCartney's life. I'm still not
sure whether this was a good thing or a bad thing, so I'll just call
it a thing..."
A blog review of the Columbus show has the DJ and movie, and a late
start due to security being a bit slow:
"..The show was scheduled to start at 8:00pm, but at that hour,
approximately half the crowd was absent. I imagine many people were
delayed by the tight security at the door. They were wanding everyone
and digging through women's handbags.
Beginning about 7:30, constantly evolving paintings were projected
onto the large screens in front of the stage. This display was
accompanied by a blend of symphonic music. We hypothesized that it was
probably something composed by Paul, but I can't confirm that. Dual
rotating disco balls created an undulating appearance on the floor
At about 8:25, a DJ came out and presented a remix medley of Paul
McCartney tunes. It had a very techno feel. Familiar melodies and
words were repeated over and over atop thundering beats. The video
display behind the remix medley consisted of dancing images from
McCartney album covers. The DJ was interesting for the first five or
ten minutes, but thereafter became an annoying distraction. The
concept has been used more effectively before (most notably by U2
during their Pop tour). The crowd was clearly ready for the main
It was about 8:45 when the DJ finished. They then showed a short film
featuring Paul reflecting upon his long and successful career. There
were some great pictures and stories. It concluded with concert
footage that led into the band's appearance on stage..."
Same in Chicago:
"... I could have done without the oddly-dressed DJ-type guy who was
playing remixes of old Beatles and McCartney songs before the
red-and-gold curtain was raised, and the video montage/history of
Paul's career was rather dull and ordinary as well.
But once the music started, it didn't stop for two hours and
forty-five minutes, and he played several new songs ("Fine Line", from
his new release, was the best of them), as well as many, many old
This appears to be consistant. So, if the show starts on time, likely
Paul will take the stage a half hour after the start and play 2 and a
half to 2 hours 45 minutes and do 36-37 songs.
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