How did our McCartney predictions pan out?
By Chris Richards
As Paul McCartney sang the coda of "Hey Jude" at the White House Wednesday night, we managed to sneak a few wistful sighs between the Na-Na-Na-Nas: Macca Week on Click Track was coming to a close. Today, a final recap.
- On Tuesday, we asked you to pick the song you'd most like to see McCartney sing at the White House. "Let It Be" was your top pick, and the man obliged, performing it during the program's finale suite.
- On Friday, we asked you if those strapping young Jonas Brothers were worthy of saluting Sir Paul in such an esteemed ceremony. 64% of you (as of this posting) voted yes. And you were right. The bros actually delivered one of the evening's better performances.
- And last Wednsday, I compiled a setlist-wishlist of songs I hoped to hear in the East Room. Check out how accurate (or rather, inaccurate) my predictions were after the jump.
- Stevie Wonder
What I hoped for:"We Can Work it Out."
What we got: "We Can Work it Out." Score!
- The Jonas Brothers
What I hoped for: "Band on the Run."
What we got: One of the better performances of the night, actually: "Drive My Car." Those boys can harmonize. Siblings always have some kind of magical, DNA advantage in this department.
- Emmylou Harris
What I hoped for: "Let It Be."
What we got: "For No One." Duh. She covered it on her first album.
- Jack White
What I hoped for: A nasty "Helter Skelter" duet with Grohl. Longest of longshots, but can you blame me for dreaming big?
What we got: A sparse, bluesy, nervous-sounding solo version of "Mother Nature's Son."
- Corinne Bailey Rae
What I hoped for: "Yesterday."
What we got: Her "Blackbird" duet with Herbie Hancock was touching.
- Herbie Hancock
What I hoped for: A genre-crossing duet of "Eleanor Rigby" with country singer Faith Hill.
What we got: A sorta-genre-crossing duet of "Blackbird" with folky soul singer Rae.
- Faith Hill
What I hoped for: See above. "Rigby."
What we got: "The Long and Winding Road"
- Elvis Costello
What I hoped for: "Drive My Car"
What we got: "Penny Lane." Maybe the Brothers called dibs on "Car?"
- Dave Grohl
What I hoped for: Still dreaming. "Helter Skelter," man!
What we got: Something even better: a rowdy "Band on the Run." First dude to head-bang in the East Room of the White House?
- Paul McCartney
What I wanted: A big, warm, fuzzy, unimpeachable finale of "Hey Jude" with the POTUS joining him onstage.
What we got: Exactly that, and lots more. McCartney opened with "Got To Get You in To My Life," sang with Wonder halfway through the program on "Ebony and Ivory," and closed out the show with "Michelle," "Eleanor Rigby," "Let it Be," and "Hey Jude."
June 3, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories: Riffs | Tags: Corinne Bailey Rae, Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Herbie Hancock, Jack White, Jonas Brothers, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder
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