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It's said music can stir up memories, help build bridges toward love and peace and provide a sense of happiness.

Music legend Paul McCartney's compositions surely have done that over the past five decades. And the former Beatle proved he can still command the attention of a crowd while continuing to spread a little more love during the first of two concerts Tuesday for Chicagoland fans.

McCartney brought his One On One tour to Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park on Tuesday and Wednesday. He delivered a three-hour setlist jam-packed with Beatles favorites, Wings hits and songs from his solo career.

The legendary musician, at 75, isn't ready to take it easy. His highly spirited performances on this tour are impressive and don't disappoint.

Those who came to hear Fab Four gems would have been completely satisfied as McCartney opened the show with "A Hard Day's Night." He later delved into other Beatles' tunes such as "Can't Buy Me Love," "We Can Work It Out," "You Won't See Me," "Love Me Do," "Lady Madonna" and others.

McCartney's concert also stars the best in multimedia displays and pyrotechnic wizardry as well as spectacular lighting and sound elements.

During his performance of the famous Bond theme "Live and Let Die," a fiery display lights up the stage and fireworks are shot into the night sky.

McCartney's performance of "Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!" also was a thriller with its circus-like sounds and bright colors swirling around the stage.

Beatle Paul proved a personable entertainer on stage as he shared stories, Beatles history, threw out witty comments and humorously read signs made by fans.

The famed musician also handed fans grand versions of "Maybe I'm Amazed," "Eleanor Rigby," "Back In The U.S.S.R.," and "Band On The Run."

In addition, his setlist starred the fun "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da," the moving "Let It Be," and the iconic hit "Hey Jude," which fans had a chance to sing along to.

McCartney performed  the recent song "FourFiveSeconds," which he cut with Rihanna and Kanye West.

Also packing the musical roster were the Beatles ballad "And I Love Her," "Here Today," which is a song he wrote for John Lennon,  "Temporary Secretary," "My Valentine," and more.

McCartney's encore perfectly starred "Yesterday," a segment of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "Birthday." He ended the fab party with "Golden Slumbers," "Carry That Weight," and "The End."

FYI: To learn more about McCartney and his One On One tour plus future tour dates, visit or


Entertainment Editor/Features Reporter

Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.