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Paul McCartney still sizzles in New York, 52 years after Shea gig

Fifty-two years ago, the Beatles put on one of the most famous concerts of all time at Shea Stadium. Last night, Paul McCartney finished the long and winding New York leg of his ‘One on One’ tour at the renovated Nassau Coliseum — 22 miles east of Shea’s former location.

McCartney kicked off the show with the Beatles hit A Hard Day’s Night, much to the delight of the baby boomers in the crowd who roared their approval after the opening chord. Their cheers were likely a few decibels lower than the screaming fans of mid-sixties Beatlemania, though.

“I went with my girlfriends in 1965,” said Patricia Collins of Wantagh, who saw the band at Shea Stadium.

“All we could hear was screaming. We couldn51t hear any music.”

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The screaming wasn’t the only change that Collins noted.

The rock legend’s stage show is a high-budget affair.

The rock legend’s stage show is a high-budget affair.

(John Collins/ for New York Daily News)

“My ticket cost $ 2.85 — a far cry from my $ 365 floor seat tonight.”

McCartney connected with his fans throughout the evening by telling jokes and candid stories of song origins.

He teased Jimmy Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady” with a psychedelic version of “I Got a Feeling,” a song McCartney said that Hendrix loved to play.

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Before launching into “I Wanna Be Your Man,” McCartney told the crowd he once gave stranded members of the Rolling Stones a car ride and it was then that he gave them their first number one hit.

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A low point of the night was the abysmal Kanye West and Rihanna collaboration, “FourFiveSeconds,” which some of the younger fans seemed to enjoy.

In addition to acknowledging his fallen bandmates with George Harrison’s “Something” and John Lennon’s part in “A Day in the Life,” McCartney paid tribute to two of the women in his life.

A beautiful rendition of “Maybe I’m Amazed,” written for his late wife Linda, surpassed the depressingly slow “My Valentine,” written for his current wife, Nancy Shevell.

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McCartney showed off his musicianship throughout the show as he rolled through his vast catalogue.

Paul McCartney sings and plays bass.

Paul McCartney sings and plays bass.

(John Collins/ for New York Daily News)

He played a wonderful acoustic guitar in Blackbird and Yesterday, a ukulele during Something, and piano for such tunes as “Lady Madonna” and “Hey, Jude.”

He stuck to his signature Hofner violin bass guitar for much of the night, though.

During the encore, McCartney brought out Long Island native Billy Joel, a self-proclaimed Beatles fanatic, for “Get Back” and an unrehearsed “Birthday.”

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At the start of the night, McCartney proclaimed, “I’ve got a feeling we’re going to have some fun!”

One thing is for certain: McCartney wouldn’t be playing 40 songs a night and touring in his seventies if he wasn’t having fun.

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