Superlatives for Paul McCartney's first Utah appearance (and perhaps, final - unless the crowd can give Macca the kind of love fit for the greatest living rock star - apologies to Jagger and Dylan) will bleed fast on the papers and internets moments after the lights go down over Rio Tinto Tuesday night.

Macca has had a busy, if not frenetic and tragic decade-plus: The death of wife, Linda ('98); the death of George Harrison ('01); leaving his label (E.M.I.) after almost a half-century (since '62); a hasty marriage and ugly divorce from Heather Mills; signing with Starbucks-owned label Hear Music and - because of his company's ownership of more than 3,000 songs plus royalties still streaming from every Beatles album sold - clawing his way to become one of the UK's richest men.

Paul's life at a glance pre-Utah show:

Lost his mother, Mary, at 14.

Met John Lennon when he was 15 and began playing with his band, the Quarry Men.

Wrote "When I'm Sixty-four" when he was 16 on his father's piano.

Between the ages of 21 and 24, he recorded six albums and starred in two movies with the Beatles - in that time he wrote "Michelle", "Paperback Writer" and "Yesterday" - three tunes that are the foundation for literally every rock song and chord progression written since.

The Beatles broke up. Paul was 29.

The decade to follow, he was mostly estranged from Lennon.

By the time of Lennon's murder in 1980, the two had reconciled and were once again friends. The pair was famously hanging out at John's house and flirted with surprising Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels by accepting his "offer" of $1,000 to reunite just prior to John's murder.

McCartney continued to tour and make music.

As a solo artist and with Wings, he has released more than 60 albums.

Tuesday night, he's expected to deliver a rollicking two-plus-hour set with his fluid and taught backing band in tow.

Utahns can expect to hear the following tunes bounce off the Wasatch for the first time in the Beehive:

"Venus and Mars/Rock Show" (The fave of Wings fans only; eases you into your seat)

"Jet" (Now you're up on your feet)

"All My Loving" (Beatles 101)

(Insert random Wings song II here -or maybe something from Flowers in the Dirt ...j/k)

"Drive My Car" (Saving the Beatles big-guns for the second third of the set)

"Let Me Roll It" (Now we're talking - please download this song now if you don't have it on regular rotation and get ready to sing along)

"The Long and Winding Road" (Piano portion of the concert)

"Spies Like Us" (No, this isn't happening- but would probs. prefer this over the next Wings offering we'll be getting)


"Live and Let Die" (With awesome pyrotechnics)

Now, the sentimental portion of the evening:

"My Love" (Incredible song, tribute to Linda)

"Two of Us" (Barely tops "Yesterday" and "In My Life" as song you want played at your funeral)

"Blackbird" (If Utah isn't collectively touched/amazed/tearful/grateful/singing along at this point - the state has no heart)

"Here Today" (Tribute to John - heartfelt)

"Something" (On a ukulele George gave him. Fitting, classic - and a tribute to the best Beatles' song ever written ...and it was by one G. Harrison)

Encore I and II:

"Paperback Writer", "Yesterday", "Hey Jude" (Cloud nine)

"Helter Skelter", "Day Tripper", "Lady Madonna" and "Get Back"

Three centuries from now, the sincere Beatle, the cute Beatle - though never The Genius, will be remembered as The One.

Enjoy it Utah.