When Paul McCartney took the stage at the Kohl Center on Thursday night in a light pink shirt, maroon jacket and black jeans, he could have just ridden the waves of goodwill coming from the crowd. At 76 (he turns 77 in a couple of weeks), he’s certainly earned the right to coast a little, right?

Instead, he still plays like he has something to prove. McCartney and his tight four-piece backing band (who he’s played with for 20 years, twice as long as the Beatles or Wings) delivered a joyful and energetic 39-song, three-hour show. It covered the entire gamut of his 60-year career, from his earliest songs (including one pre-Beatles) to the newest tunes off his 2018 album “Egypt Station,” showing he’s still vital as an artist.