In a 1980 interview with Tim Ricebefore the release of his self-titled second album, Sir James Paul McCartney said: “I don’t really feel like a lyricist, but at times I’ve spoken good lyrics. I feel more comfortable with the music – it’s just like it’s been. I can have a song before I have a set of words.

Forty-two years later, he would probably say the same thing. On Wednesday, May 25, McCartney will travel to South Florida to perform his Got Back Tour at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood.

As the Miami Herald‘s notes Madeleine Marr, the 79-year-old British pop icon could sell out an event in record time. Still, Hard Rock Live’s 7,000 seats provide a relatively intimate setting for McCartney, landing somewhere between Madison Square Garden and the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

“I said at the end of the last tour that I would see you next time”, McCartney tweeted when he announced his North American tour in February. “I said I would call you back. Well, I came back!

The tour sees McCartney cross the United States with two stops in Florida. It kicked off last week in Spokane, Washington, and ends in June at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. (As of this writing, a handful of high-priced tickets are available for the South Florida show, mostly on the resale market.)

Although this is McCartney’s first time on the road in three years, the Got Back Tour seems small in scale. His 2019 tour, by comparison, lasted 39 dates in 12 countries.

Asking McCartney to condense a two-hour setlist from a 60-year-old discography is like asking the universe to compress into a single galaxy. Perhaps that’s why McCartney’s tour opening show in Spokane was a marathon of two hours and 42 minutes which included 36 songs, beginning with “Can’t Buy Me Love” and ending with “The End”. Joining McCartney on stage is his longtime backing band: Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar), and Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums).

The tour follows the 2019 release of McCartney IIIcompleting a trilogy of self-titled home-recorded albums which, according to Forkis “less adventurous and revealing than its eponymous predecessors, but still contains moments of genuine wonder and weirdness”.

McCartney’s first solo album debuts in 1970, followed by McCartney II a decade later, and now the third episode, recorded at the master’s farm in Sussex. Much of the predominantly acoustic album crystallizes McCartney’s cherubic tone, slow acoustic strums and love-induced melancholy.

“Women and wives”, in contrast, highlights McCartney’s baritone cadenza as he swaps acoustic guitar for piano and drums and opts for more fluid structures rather than a “second verse, same as first” motif. “When tomorrow comes/You’ll look ahead/So keep your feet on the ground/And get ready to run.”

As if that weren’t enough, in 2020 McCartney released McCartney III imagined, a compilation of remixes and covers by Beck, St. Vincent, Khruangbin and Phoebe Bridgers. The release demonstrates the legend’s ability to mingle with modern musicians rather than resist them. (See also Mick Jagger commenting that “you’ve got Yungblud and Machine Gun Kelly. That kind of post-punk vibe makes me think there’s still some life in rock and roll.”)

McCartney has been at the pulpit of nostalgia and pop culture for so long that we can take it for granted. Yet when he performs, his humility and overflowing synergy make every show truly unimaginable and spectacular. Whether McCartney will ever retire or even slow down is hard to say, but one truth is that his love for music and boundless ingenuity works more like mathematical proof than hyperbole.

In a 1997 interview with Conan O’Brien, the late night talk show host told Sir Paul: ‘Right now you could write a great song.

McCartney, perhaps half-jokingly, replied, “I am, I am right now. It’s all there – I can’t reveal it right now, but just give me two more minutes.”

Paul McCartney. 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-797-5531; seminolehardrockhollywood.com. Tickets cost between $105 and $705 via ticketmaster.com.