Paul McCartney’s “The Space Within US” Concert DVD! Iconic Beatles Hits! Obscure Solo Gems!

Paul McCartney Space Within US live


“My Grandma Saw You At Candlestick Park!”

That is just one of the funny moments on this dynamite concert DVD from 2006 – Paul having fun with signs he sees in the crowd!

I watched this again last night and was surprised by the set list – a terrific collection of Beatles album tracks and neglected solo songs.

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“The Space Within US” captured his fall 2005 ‘US’ Tour in the United States, as he was supporting the release of “Chaos And Creation In The Back Yard.”

This DVD is full of candid backstage material, inspiring moments with fans, lots of candid moments, interviews with people like former President Bill Clinton – it’s clearly a love fest for Paul, and lots of lots of Beatles songs getting their due live!

Here’s a look at what’s on this terrific concert DVD: first, a fun “Intro” sets the tour up as he gives a shout out to Astronauts in space:

Paul McCartney Magical Mystery Tour

Here is the clip of that intro, which leads into “Magical Mystery Tour”, then Paul goes right into a raucous version of one of his title tracks:

“Flaming Pie”

This is a great song, and they really bring it to life in this live version – here is the filmed intro plus the first two songs!

Paul McCartney live

The band serves up a scorching version of “Let Me Roll It” next, then Paul goes back into the Beatles library:


“Drive My Car”

Here’s a great live performance from his tour in Quebec, and he gives a shout out to the audience in french:

Paul follows with three Beatles songs in a row, two obscure gems that he rarely performs:

“Till There Was You”
“I’ll Get You”
“Eleanor Rigby”

“Maybe I’m Amazed” follows, another masterful live version:

“Got to Get You into My Life”

The Beatles songs are back, and this is just one of the most upbeat, joyful songs he ever wrote – and the documentary spends a lot of time showing the happiness of the crowd – of all ages: singing along and enjoying the performance.

Paul then tells a great anecdote about falling into a hole in the stage on the second night of the tour – and then they show it! I couldn’t find a clip or image online, but it is great that he tells the story, they show the footage, and he laughs the whole thing off!

The Space Within US blu-ray Paul McCartney

“Fine Line”, “I Will”. “I’ll Follow the Sun” and “Good Day Sunshine” are next: songs not performed a lot in the past, which is why this show is so memorable…and they point out that “Sunshine” was played in the morning for the Astronauts….you can see the footage of their return to earth at the beginning of the song:

Then he brings the Astronauts onstage! It’s just a great celebration of the United States, and moments like this are captured beautifully, along with lots of candid behind-the-scenes footage of him and the band, saying hello to fans, and being greeted by lots of celebrities…

Next up, Paul talks about trying to stay focused the music while he sees the signs waving in the crowd…


“My Grandma Saw You At Candlestick Park!”

Yes, he jokes about that sign, then kicks into another Beatles album track:

Paul McCartney live schedule

“For No One”

Then there is more behind-the-scenes footage as Paul surprises a family who is going to the show! This BTS material is fantastic, and of course leads into one of his most iconic songs, “Hey Jude” – but in this case they just show the end of the song to keep the flow of the concert, then Paul brings out another obscure Beatles treat!

Paul McCartney Fixing A Hole live

“Fixing a Hole” is next, of course from “Sgt. Peppers”, but in previous tours he focused on performing the famous title track – so it’s great to see him play this song, leading into another Beatles classic:

“Penny Lane”

Here is Paul performing this Beatles gem:

Next up is an interesting moment: Paul says the next song is for Wings fans, and you see a ton of Wings hands in the air…

Paul McCartney Wings hand gesture

“Too Many People” / “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window”

He then launches into “Too Many People”, which is from RAM, the album credited to Paul and Linda McCartney, NOT Wings…but the version is flawless, and goes right into “Bathroom Window”:

“Too Many People” was a pointed jab at John and Yoko, and he jabbed back…you can read about that feud here:

https://johnrieber.com/2012/08/20/macca-ram-on-paul-mccartneys-masterpiece-john-lennons-fury-a-beatles-c-c-c-catfight/

And of course, Paul formed Wings right after RAM, and released their first album with a call to John:

Wings wild life cover

The album track “Dear Friend” was written to John…read alls bout that here:

https://johnrieber.com/2016/02/13/paul-mccartneys-wild-life-the-disastrous-debut-of-wings-mccartneys-plea-to-john-lennon/

The rest of the concert are these Beatles and solo songs….some big hits, others more obscure, but his performance is flawless for all:

“Let It Be”
“English Tea”
“I’ve Got a Feeling”
“Follow Me”
“Jenny Wren”
“Helter Skelter”
“Yesterday”
“Get Back”
“Please Please Me”

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This DVD is terrific: lots of fun, candid behind-the-scenes moments PLUS some great live performances of songs not usually played live…let me know what you think!

best Paul McCartney music Off The Ground

Here is also a look at one of Paul’s more neglected solo efforts, the terrific “Off The Ground!” Click on my story to see some great videos:

https://johnrieber.com/2016/01/24/paul-mccartneys-submerged-off-the-ground-a-neglected-macca-gem/

Let me know your favorite McCartney music!



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4 replies

  1. Nice to see how much you love Paul, and enjoy this DVD. Good to see ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ on here, one of my favourites. However, as you already know, I am not the greatest fan of Macca!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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