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Back in the U.S. (2002)

Paul McCartney in concert during his spring 2002 tour of the U.S.


Mark Haefeli

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul McCartney ... Band Members
Paul Wickens Paul Wickens ... Band Members: Keyboards / Vocals) (as Paul 'Wix' Wickens)
Rusty Anderson Rusty Anderson ... Band Members
Abe Laboriel Jr. Abe Laboriel Jr. ... Band Members: Drums / Vocals
Brian Ray Brian Ray ... Band Members: Guitars / Vocals)
Janet L. Bailey Janet L. Bailey ... Herself
Steve Buscemi ... Himself
Chris Carter Chris Carter ... Himself
Chevy Chase ... Himself
Cameron Crowe ... Himself
Tom Cruise ... Himself
Penélope Cruz ... Herself
John Cusack ... Himself
Michael Douglas ... Himself
Corey Feldman ... Himself


Paul McCartney in concert during his spring 2002 tour of the U.S.

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Documentary | Music



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Release Date:

26 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paul McCartney: Back in the U.S. See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filmed on the Driving Rain tour (2002). See more »


Features A Hard Day's Night (1964) See more »


Written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon
Performed by Paul McCartney
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Whole New Appreciation for Paul McCartney

We toss around the term "superstar" way too lightly these days, but here's one guy that truly deserves it.

I was glued to the set this entire show. The song selection was perfect -- it only contained the songs I actually wanted to hear and cut in with documentary footage during the weaker new songs. I loved that the band was just a five guys on stage in a very minimalist environment. (With songs of this strength, you don't need a circus to be entertained).

The shots of the crowd were amazing, too. How many performers can affect the original Beatles fans (now in their 50's and beyond), get young kids to jump up at the opening lines of "Can't Buy Me Love" and impact everyone in between?

While watching, I also realized that in the wake of John Lennon's tragic death, Paul McCartney instantly became an afterthought. Paul not only lost John and George (no matter what their final relations were, it must be hard to lose someone with whom you changed the world), but he also lost his wife Linda and never really seemed to garner the acknowledgment Lennon's murder received. I agree that Lennon's murder was horrible, but only now did I realize that Paul was sort of forgotten in the aftermath. I was very happy that he's found love again in Heather.

As for those complaining about the audio/video quality, I had no complaints whatsoever; both were crystal clear on my set. I think these same people will complain about the quality of DVD when the next format comes out; they'll never be satisfied.

My only regret was not buying a ticket to this show when I had the chance. Thanks to this video I was able to enjoy it.

When people remember John Lennon, they will first remember his murder and then his music. I now have a new appreciation for Paul McCartney, because, if nothing else, he will be remembered for his music first. And let's hope another lunatic won't change this, because the McCartney catalog is pretty good.

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