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Central Florida September Rock Concert Calendar


Central Florida Rock Concert Calendar

Labor Day Weekend is pretty much a dud, but the month really picks up with a slew of great shows all over the Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa areas. RARA’s Farm’s favorite live band comes to the Plaza in Orlando, and there’s a killer festival in St. Augustine with one of the most creative line-ups all year.

Orlando

9/01 – Robbie Krieger, Plaza Live. Yup, the Doors guitarist is on the road again.

9/06 – Switchfoot, Universal Studios. Rock The Universe.
9/06 – The Supervillains, Jesse’s (Winter Haven)

9/07 – Blue October, House of Blues
9/07 – Casting Crowns and Relient K, Universal Studios. Rock The Universe.

9/08 – Rancid, House of Blues. Always a great show for punk rock fans.

9/10 – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Hard Rock Live

9/11 – Steely Dan, Hard Rock Live

9/12 – Pepper, House of Blues. Read RARA’s Farm’s review of the bands latest album: Album Review

9/13 – The Vaccines, The Social. These English Alt-Rockers have a cool garage rock vibe and this is the one show this month we don’t want to miss.
9/13 – Joe Satriani and Steve Morse Band, Hard Rock Live

9/16 – Hunter Valentine and Girl In A Coma, Wooten Park (Tavares) – All Girl rock band that absolutely rocks. Check out our review of Hunter Valentine’s last album: Album Review
9/16 – Title Fight, BackBooth

9/17 – Matisyahu, Hard Rock Live

9/18 – Stone Temple Pilots and Filter, House of Blues. This show is absolutely intriguing. STP has jettisoned  the troublesome Scott Weiland and brought in Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington. And, Filter is a fantastic bonus for an opener.  Don’t miss this one.

9/19 – Fun. with Tegan and Sara, UCF Arena. Nice double bill at UCF.  We loved Fun. at last year’s Big Ticket: Festival Review and Fun. photos.

9/21 – Eddie Money, Downtown Orlando. The latest installment of WMMO’s Downtown Concert Series. Free classic rock ‘n roll!

9/22 – Yellowcard, House of Blues. Check out our review of their excellent show last year: Yellowacard Rocks HOB

9/23 – Imagine Dragons, Paper Route and The Neighborhood, UCF Arena. Imagine Dragons is the big draw, but The Neighborhood is a big appeal for us.

9/24 – Alt-J, House of Blues

9/25 – Colin Hay, Plaza Live. The front man from Men At Work from the land down under…

9/26 – Cowboy Mouth, Plaza Live. The unofficial band of RARA’s FARM – we all love Cowboy Mouth, because they put on the becy live shows on the planet.  Come join us for our annual dose of Fred LeBlanc, JTG, and their unique blend of rock ‘n roll. Here’s a glimpse inside the head of front man Fred Leblanc.
9/26 – Ra Ra Riot, The Social. If not for Cowboy Mouth playing down the street, this would be the place to be.
9/26 – Brett Michaels, Hard Rock Hotel’s Velvet Sessions

9/27 to 9/29 – Starship Feat. Mickey Thomas, Epcot Center. Still a great performer with a catalog worthy of his stellar voice. Want to get an idea of what you’re in store for? Check out our show review.

9/28 – L.A. Guns Feat. Steve Riley and Phil Lewis, Green Parrot (Casselberry)

9/29 – Enter The Haggis, The Social. A unique blend of Indie/Folk rock.

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Jacksonville

9/06 – Black Flag, The Roc Bar. Four decades of thrash from this prolific hardcore punk band.

9/08 – Steely Dan, St. Augustine Amphitheatre

0/13 – The Supervillains, The Standard (St. Augustine)

9/13 to 9/14 – Mumford & Sons and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Francis Field (St. Augustine). Cool festival with a limited run across the country. This stop includes Fun. and The Vaccines. Check out their website for details.

9/18 – Title Fight, The Roc Bar.

9/26 – Colin Hay, Ponte Vedra Music Hall
9/26 – Enter The Haggis. Cafe Eleven (St. Augustine)
9/26 – Rick Springfield, Florida Theatre. Cretin just read his autobiography.  Definitely a recommended read…

9/30 – Sick Puppies, Redlight King, Charming Liars, Freebird Live

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Tampa Area

9/01 – Eddie Money, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

9/06 – Blue October, Jannus Live (Saint Petersburg)
9/06 – The Supervillains, Jesse’s (Winter Haven)

9/07 – Authority Zero, Ruth Eckerd Music Hall (Clearwater)
9/07 – John Mayer and Philip Phillips, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
9/07 – Rancid, Jannus Live (Saint Petersburg)

9/11 – Joe Satriani and Steve Morse Band, Ruth Eckerd Music Hall (Clearwater)
9/11 – Pepper, Jannus Live (Saint Petersburg)

9/12 – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Jannus Live (Saint Petersburg)
9/12 – Matt Pond, New World Brewery

9/13 – Pet Shop Boys, Mahaffey Theater
9/13 – Rick Springfield, Ruth Eckerd Hall(Clearwater)

9/14 – Depeche Mode, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre – the only area appearance for these stalwarts of new wave…
9/14 – Steely Dan, Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater)

9/15 – Kid Rock, ZZ Top and Uncle Cracker, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. Great triple bill – all three acts put on excellent shows.

9/24 – Colin Hay, The Largo Cultural Center
9/24 – Imagine Dragons, Paper Route and The Neighborhood, USF Sun Dome. Imagine Dragons is the big draw, but The Neighborhood is a big appeal for us.
9/24 – Ra Ra Riot, Orpheum

9/26 – Blues Traveler, Floyd’s at Hard Rock Casino
9/26 – O’Brother, Crowbar

9/27 – Enter The Haggis, Skipper’s Steakhouse

9/28 – Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck, Ruth Eckerd Music Hall (Clearwater). The legendary mind behind the original Beach Boys, paired with Jeff Beck!

9/29 – Fall Out Boy, Panic! At the Disco and Twenty One Pilots, USF Sun Dome. This is just a killer line-up. Three phenomenal live acts.

 

 


Central Florida August Rock Music Calendar


 

August Rock Music Calendar

It’s a great month Rock And Roll Animals with a diverse appetite for rock music.  The weekend of May 17th in Orlando is a whole month’s worth of great, and very different rock music packed into three fantastic nights – from the ultimate in classic rock, to some great new punk and a killer free show.  Over the rest of the month there is amazing alternative rock all over the schedule.  Lots of stuff to choose from, especially when you add in Jacksonville and Tampa area shows.  Nice…

Orlando

8/01 – American Idols Live, Amway Center. We don’t watch the show, so not really sure, but have to imagine at least one or two of the acts are rock…

8/02 – “Big Night Out Tour” – Fuel, Hoobastank, LIT and Alien Ant Farm – this is one hell of a nice 90’s line-up at HOB.

8/09 – Saigon Kick, The Social

8/10 – Adam Ant, Hard Rock Live

8/12 – OneRepublic, Hard Rock Live

8/14 – The Cult, House of Blues. These guys are just great live and this time they offer up their near perfect album “Electric” in its entirety.
8/14 – Hunters, The Social

8/16 – KISS, Amway Center
8/16 – The Killers, Hard Rock Live
8/16 – Icona Pop, House of Blues

8/17 – Victoria Justice, Hard Rock Live

8/19 – Ted Nugent, House of Blues

8/22 – Parachute, Andrew Ripp and Matt Hires, The Plaza Live

8/23 – Scott Weiland, House of Blues
8/23 – Slightly Stoopid, Riverfront Park (Cocoa)

8/24 – Jars Of Clay, The Social
8/24 – Less Than Jake with Badfish, House of Blues

8/27 – Bruno Mars with Fitz and the Tantrums, Amway Center

8/30 – We The Kings, House of Blues

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Jacksonville

8/09 – Panic! At The Disco, Jack Rabbits

8/13 – Hunters, Jack Rabbits. RARA’s Farm will be on hand to check out these Brooklyn-based rockers.

8/16 – Victoria Justice, St. Augustine Amphitheatre

8/22 – Slightly Stoopid, St. Augustine Amphitheatre

8/23 – Jars of Clay, Murray Hill Theatre

8/29 – Ballyhoo!, Cafe Eleven (St. Augustine)
8/29 – The Dangerous Summer, Jack Rabbits

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Tampa Area

8/01 – Whitesnake with Red Line Chemistry, Ruth Eckard Hall (Clearwater). Red Line Chemistry is the real deal…

8/04 – Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

8/09 – Adam Ant, Palladium Theater At St. Petersburg College

8/10 – Panic! At The Disco, Jannus Live (Saint Petersburg)

8/18 – Victoria Justice, Tropicana Field (Saint Petersburg)

8/23 – Phil Vassar, White Buffalo Saloon (Sarasota)

8/24 – Rock ‘N Blues Fest, Ten Years After, Edgar Winter Band, Canned Heat, Rick Derringer, Pat Travers – Some great 70’s guitar rock on one stage! Ruth Eckard Hall (Clearwater)

8/25 – Jars of Clay, State Theare (Saint Petersburg)

8/26 – Santana, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

8/28 – Bruno Mars and Fitz and the Tantrums, Tampa Bay Times Forum

8/30 – Big Country, State Theatre

Nine Inch Nails Is Headed to Orlando

Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails will be stopping in Orlando as part of their 2013 Tension World Tour.  NIN is just the latest in a quickly growing list of huge acts to route their tours through the city’s fantastic new showpiece, The Amway Center.  The band is renowned for their incredible live performances and imaginative stage show. The show date? October 31st, that’s Halloween – seems like perfect timing.

“‘Tension’ picks up where ‘Lights in the Sky’ left off. This is the full-on Nine Inch Nails live experience realized as we never could before,” says Reznor. For those of you who have not yet captured a live Nine Inch Nails performance, it’s a special show that should not be missed.

They’ll be touring in support of their forthcoming album, Hesitation Marks. The much anticipated release, is their ninth studio album, and first since 2008’s acclaimed release The Slip. It also happens to be 25 years since the uber-talented Reznor created the band in 1988.  The lead single “Came Back Haunted” is available and is already receiving plenty of airplay. (Check it out here: Came Back Haunted – iTunes)

Reznor is the heart and sould of the band – really the only permanent member.  He wirtes all of the songs and is an explosive, dynamic front man.  The band’s live shows always take on a totally different feel live as the musicians and environment change.  You can also expect a cutting-edge state of the art light show.

Visit the band’s website for the Full Tour Schedule

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Mike G.

Central Florida July Rock Concert Calendar


 

July Rock Music Calendar

Lots to choose from as we head into the dog days of summer. This month, we start off with Jacksonville, as we received a great submittal from Mariah Holland, one of our new contributors. Mariah includes a great look at the local acts playing the Jacksonville music scene, which we’ve woven in with the national acts.

Vans Warped Tour is probably the biggest area event with stops in both Orlando and Tampa.  Make sure you follow us for all the latest concert information, show announcements and presale offers.

Jacksonville

7/03 – Saltwater Grass, Bonnie Blue, Jacksonvegas, Dirt Floor Krackers, Freebird Live

7/05 – Impending Doom, Gideon, Wolves at the Gate, Fit for a King w/ Others, Murray Hill Theatre

7/05 – Allele, Endo w/ Others, Brewster’s Megaplex

7/05 – Alter Eagles (Eagles Tribute), Bryce Alaxtair Band, Freebird Live

7/08 – Relient K, The Almost, The Rocketboys, Freebird Live

7/10 – Authority Zero and Ballyhoo, Freebird Live
7/10 – Matt Pond, Jack Rabbits

7/14 – The Maine, A Rocket to the Moon, This Century, Freebird Live

7/17 – I Am Endseeker, Islander, Skyburner, Murray Hill Theatre

7/20 – Sublime with Rome and Pennywise, St. Augustine Amphitheatre

7/23 – Mychildren Mybride, I Am the Witness, Cadience, Murray Hill Theatre

7/24 – Toad the Wet Sprocket, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

7/25 – Pschedelic Furs, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

7/26 – Appetite for Destruction (Guns N Roses Tribute), Red White & Crue (Motley Crue Tribute),
Poison’d (Poison Tribute), Freebird Live

7/27 – Decided By Fate, Phinehas, Beware the Neverending, Leaders, Awakener, Murray Hill Theatre

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Orlando

7/11 – Authority Zero and Ballyhoo, The Beacham
7/11 – Matt Pond, The Social

7/13 – Gregg Allman and Hank Williams Jr., UCF Arena

7/16 – The Maine, Rocket to the Moon and This Century – Nice triple bill at The Beacham

7/18 – Marilyn Manson, Hard Rock Live

7/20 – The Dropa Stone, Orlando City Soccer Club

7/25 – Toad the Wet Sprocket, Hard Rock Hotel

7/26 – The Psychedelic Furs, Plaza Theatre

7/28 – Vans Warped Tour, Central Florida Fairgrounds. A ton of bands invade the city including Hawthorne Heights, Forever the Sickest Kids, Reel Big Fish and The Used.

 

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Tampa Area

7/04 – The Guess Who, Sutton Park (Palmetto)

7/05 – Soul Asylum, Hogan’s Beach

7/06 – Candlebox and Saliva, Ed Smith Stadium (Sarasota)
7/06 – We the Kings and The Ready Setc

7/07 – Thomas Wynn & The Believers, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

7/12 – Ballyhoo! and Authority Zero, Jannus Live (St. Petersburg)

7/12 – Matt Pond, New World Brewery

7/20 – Marilyn Manson, Jannus Live (St. Petersburg)

7/23 – 311, Pennywise and Sublime With Rome, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

7/26 – Vans Warped Tour, Vinoy Waterfront Park (St. Petersburg)

7/27 – Toad the Wet Sprocket, State Theatre (St. Petersburg)

7/28 – Psychedelic Furs, State Theatre (St. Petersburg)

7/29 – Black Sabbath, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

7/31 – Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival: Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and many others, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

 

Amway Center Receives Prestigious Award


Amway Center Wins Customer Service Award

The Amway Center continues to pile-up well-deserved industry accolades.  They were honored last week with the prestigious 2013 Customer Experience Award last week during TheStadiumBusiness Awards presentation held in association with TheStadiumBusiness Summit in Manchester, England.

The Summit is the largest dedicated meeting in the world of the owners, operators and developers of the world’s leading stadiums, arenas and major sports venues. The list of previous winners is quite impressive: City Square/Etihad Stadium,  Manchester, England (2012), The Family Area, Cardiff, Wales (2011) and The O2 Arena, London, England (2010).

The criteria for a Customer Experience Award nomination requires that the venue consistently deliver outstanding levels of service at every stage of the customer journey, and if you’ve been to any event at The Amway Center, there’s no doubt that the facility is deserving.

Their employees go through annual customer training from the Disney Institute, and it shows.  To a person, every employee is always smiling and appears happy to be there – ushers, ticket takers, security, ticket sales, concession workers and the folks behind the scenes – EVERYONE!  Heck, where else do you see employees lined up at the exit doors thanking everyone for coming after a show? A nice touch for sure.

To top off the fantastic customer service, it’s a great modern venue to see a show in, with one of the best concert infrastructures in the country.

Congrats and thanks to the staff at The Amway Center – keep up the great work!

Here are a few quotes from the Amway Center’s Press Release:

“The Amway Center is a source of great pride for our city and recognized as a world-class facility,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “It’s an honor for the Amway Center to be recognized by TheStadiumBusiness Awards in the area of customer service and I would like to thank all the hardworking men and women who strive every day to give our customers an unforgettable entertainment experience.”

“We believe customer service is the most important aspect of crafting our patrons’ experience and we thank TheStadiumBusiness Awards for their recognition of our facility,” said Allen Johnson, executive director of Orlando Venues.

 

Two Songs for Two Great Causes

We’ve recently come across two must-buy new songs.  Both of the selections are worthwhile fundraisers, but as an added bonus, are also excellent tracks.

Clouds

Let’s start with “Clouds.”  It’s one of the most touching songs in years; Zach Sobiech’s hopeful farewell song.  Sobiech is a teenager from Minneapolis who recently lost his battle with osteosarcoma, a dangerous childhood cancer. After four years of battling, Sobiech realized the end was imminent and recorded the song as a thank you to all of his friends and family who stood by his side.  Here’s a quick glimpse of the touching lyrics:

We could go up, up, up; And take that little ride
And sit there holding hands; And everything would be just right
And maybe someday I’ll see you again
We’ll float up in the clouds and we’ll never see the end.

Buy the song here on iTunes: Clouds – Single – Zach Sobiech
All proceeds benefit Children’s Cancer Research

Rose Tattoo

Our second selection is a fundraiser for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.  Legendary Boston Irish punk rockers, The Dropkick Murphy’s have always generously supported local charities.  In honor of the bombing victims, they re-teamed with Bruce Springsteen to put together a killer three song EP.  The first single is a great version of their previously released song “Rose Tattoo,” this time with The Boss sharing the vocals.

For the bargain price of $1.29 you also get two live acoustic versions of “Don’t Tear Us Apart” and “Jimmy Collins’s Wake,” which the band recorded Las Vegas shortly after the terrorist attack.

Buy the EP here on iTunes: Rose Tattoo: For Boston Charity – EP – Dropkick Murphys
All proceeds benefit the victims through the band’s Claddagh Fund

So, basically, for less than three bucks you can support two great causes, and add some high quality music to your collection.

Give On!
Cretin

Central Florida June Concert Calendar


June Rock Music Calendar

Not quite the incredible month we saw in this area in May, which was highlighted by two amazing Paul McCartney shows, but still a bunch of stuff to choose from.

Orlando

06/01 – The Supervillains, West End Trading (Sanford). RARA’s Farm has not caught this band yet, but everyone raves about their fun live shows. Catch them in one of our favorite local venues.

06/03 – Killswitch Engage with Darkest Hour, House of Blues

06/04 – Fall Out Boy with New Politics, House of Blues. These guys from Illinois have amazingly already been around for a dozen years and keep getting better.  The opener is a cool band from Denmark.

06/05 – The Postal Service, Hard Rock Live – It’s Ben Gibbard’s (Death Cab For Cutie) new electro-synth project, and it’s good stuff. Sold Out

06/07 – The Front Bottoms, Will’s Pub
06/07 – The Menzingers and Fake Problems, The Social – Punk rock

06/08 – The Airborne Toxic Event, The Beacham.  Mikel Jollett’s vocals might be the best in today’s Alt-Rock landscape, and the band is fantastic.

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06/11 – The Neighborhood with The 1975, The Social. Two up and coming Alt-Rock artists worth seeing.
06/11 – The Tallest Man on Earth, The Beacham. Creative rock from Sweden renowned for their entertaining live shows.

06/12 – Say Anything, House of Blues

06/14 – Night Beds, Will’s Pub. Winston Yellen is Night Beds; catch this talented young artist from Nashville at a cozy local joint.
06/14 – Whole Wheat Bread, West End Trading (Sanford). Punk, funk, reggae, rock… See our recent review

06/20 – Inner Circle, The Social. Girl I’m gonna make you sweat…”

06/25 – Daniel Tosh, Bob Carr Performing Arts Center. Yeah, it’s not rock, not even music, but Daniel is hilarious.

06/27 – Shinedown. WJRR Presents An Evening with Shinedown Acoustic with Brent Smith and Zach Myers. These guys are the heart and soul of the band and magical on stage together (check out our recent review)

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Jacksonville

06/01 – Peter Frampton, St. Augustine Amphitheatre

06/03 – Ours, Jack Rabbits

06/05 – Goo Goo Dolls, Florida Theatre. Always put on a good show.

06/06 – The Front Bottoms, The Roc

06/08 – The Menzingers and Fake Problems, The Phoenix Taproom

6/10/13 – The Airborne Toxic Event, Freebird Live

6/12/13 – Billy Idol, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. One of the biggest modern rock acts of the eighties makes a trip to Florida’s oldest city.

6/15/13 – The Neighborhood and The 1975, Jack Rabbits

6/19/13 – Capitol Cities, Jack Rabbits

6/21/13 – Anberlin, Freebird Live – Back in their old stomping grounds. See our recent review.

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Tampa Area

06/02 – Peter Frampton, Ruth Eckerd Music Hall (Clearwater)

06/07 – Fleetwood Mac, Tampa Bay Times Forum
06/07 – The Supervillains, 1509

06/09 – The Airborne Toxic Event, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)

06/10 – Say Anything, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)

06/12 – The Neighborhood and The 1975, Local 662 (Saint Petersburg)

06/18 – Billy Idol, Ruth Eckerd Music Hall (Clearwater)
06/18 – Heart and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. The “Heartbreaker” Tour – very intriguing…

06/19 – Thousand Foot Krutch, Southeastern College (Lakeland). These guys put on a great and powerful live show.  See our recent album review.

06/21 – Robert DeLong, Push Ultra Lounge. Hot new talent, worth checking out.

06/22 – Pat Travers, Music Ranch (Lakeland). Never been to this family owned venue, but this might be the show that gets me out there.

06/27 – Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. It’s one of rocks biggest legend headlining The “Americanarama Festival Of Music.”

Paul McCartney’s Orlando Setlist


Paul McCartney Amway Center Setlist

Paul McCartney kicked off his US Tour in Orlando last night, and the show was spectacular  He made his first visit to Orlando in thirty years a memorable one, featuring 38 songs in a three hour set, including 25 Beatles songs!  Below is the setlist.  Follow Us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook to get notifications when the show review is published.

Here’s the Show Review

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Setlist
Eight Days a Week (The Beatles song)
Junior’s Farm (Wings song)
All My Loving (The Beatles song)
Listen to What the Man Said (Wings song)
Let Me Roll It (Wings song) With a nice piece of Foxy Lady thrown in
Paperback Writer (The Beatles song)
My Valentine
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five (Wings song)
The Long and Winding Road (The Beatles song)
Maybe I’m Amazed
Hope of Deliverance
We Can Work It Out (The Beatles song)
Another Day
And I Love Her (The Beatles song)
Blackbird (The Beatles song)
Here Today
Your Mother Should Know (The Beatles song)
Lady Madonna (The Beatles song)
All Together Now (The Beatles song)
Mrs. Vandebilt (Wings song)
Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles song)
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (The Beatles song)
Something (The Beatles song)
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (The Beatles song)
Hi, Hi, Hi (Wings song)
Band on the Run (Wings song)
Back in the U.S.S.R. (The Beatles song)
Let It Be (The Beatles song)
Live and Let Die (Wings song)
Hey Jude (The Beatles song)

Encore:
Day Tripper (The Beatles song)
Lovely Rita (The Beatles song)
Get Back (The Beatles song)

Encore 2:
Yesterday (The Beatles song)
Helter Skelter (The Beatles song)
Golden Slumbers (The Beatles song)
Carry That Weight (The Beatles song)
The End (The Beatles song)