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2. Paul McCartney, July 31 at Wrigley Field
It's a stifling summer night in the city, but the 69-year-old legend works up a James Brown-worthy sweat while throwing himself into 37 songs for nearly three hours with barely a pause. McCartney turns the soul ballad "Maybe I'm Amazed" into a towering moment, pushing his voice higher and harder. Great band, too. As drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. goes, so goes McCartney, and on this night the drummer is pumping out the rhythm oil. Whether poking fun at the excessive pyro during "Live and Let Die" or reminiscing about his old pals Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison, the ex-Beatle comes across as an affable genius who loves his work.
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