Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Gratuitous Look At The McCartney Concert

I finally got to see Paul McCartney in concert last Saturday.  He's one of those guys I've always wanted to see live and I thought I'd never have the chance.  Then he started touring constantly so it became a little easier.  It's been awhile since my last concert.  A combination of poor selections and super high prices have kept me away.  Plus, I'm cheap. 

Sir Paul was once known as the "cute Beatle."  At 69, he still looks pretty good.  He's definitely not the punctual Beatle, seeing that the concert started a half hour late.  Of course I would complain about that.  I'm old.  Unlike a Billy Joel or Bruce Springsteen concert where you see people of all ages, this wasn't the case at Yankee Stadium.  There were lots of people older than me, including the couple in the next row having a hard time finding the beat.

Paul McCartney before it got
too dark to take pictures.
I've also learned that the iPhone 3GS, while being a wonderful piece of technology, sucks at capturing concert footage.

"Magical Mystery Tour" kicked off almost three solid hours of one of the best concerts I've ever heard.  And I saw Chicago in 1985!  For the most part, between-songs banter was kept to a minimum.  There was a bit of a rant about the digital boards where lyrics and other dialogue appeared.  The spelling was pretty poor.  During "Hey Jude," the genius running the board spelled it, "Hey Jewed."  Seriously.

Use your imagination.  It's McCartney
wearing white.  So much for
decent pictures.

Set List

  • Magical Mystery Tour
  • Jet
  • All My Loving
  • Junior’s Farm
  • Drive My Car
  • Sing The Changes (I admit I had to look up this one.  The Fireman?  Huh?)
  • The Night Before
  • Let Me Roll It
  • Paperback Writer

(Paul moved up to the piano, which opened up a whole new list of song possibilities)

  • The Long and Winding Road
  • Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five (I had to look up this one, too.  I'd heard it before.  I just never knew what it was called.)
  • Let ‘Em In (These lyrics were odd in the 70s.  The band must know this because they were chuckling--even Paul.)
  • Maybe I’m Amazed

(Back to the guitar/bass)

  • I’m Looking Through You
  • I Will
  • Blackbird
  • Here Today (It sounded vaguely familiar.  It was written for John Lennon, which makes Ringo the only Beatle who didn't do a song for John.  George did "All Those Years Ago."  What did Ringo do?)
  • Dance Tonight (The drummer was fantastic.  One of those large guys with a ridiculous amount of energy doing an interesting dance routine.)
  • Mrs. Vanderbilt (Never heard of it.)
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • Something (Paul said some nice things about George Harrison, then proceeded to sing one of his songs.  On ukelele of all things.)
  • Band On The Run
  • Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
  • Back in the USSR
  • I’ve Got A Feeling (Every concert has that one song where everyone decides to go to the bathroom.  This was it.)
  • A Day In The Life/Give Peace A Chance

(Back up to the piano.)

  • Let It Be
  • Live and Let Die (Not a song for the epileptics in the crowd.  The video guy had some fun with this one.)
  • Hey Jude

(First encore)

  • Lady Madonna
  • I Saw Her Standing There (Billy Joel came out for this.  The crowd went nuts.  Then as quickly as it began, the song ended and Billy left.  Seems like a long drive to play one song.)
  • Get Back
I'm pretty sure this is Billy Joel.
(Second encore)

  • Yesterday
  • Helter Skelter (Really?  Helter Skelter?  Well it was another chance for the video guy to go nuts.)
  • Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End

What a perfect way to end the show.  Someone asked if there was going to be a third encore.  After "The End?"  It's called "The End!"  What comes after "The End?"

Paul McCartney at Yankee Stadium.  Great show.  Dumb fans.

(The video quality sucks.  But you can hear the music so check it out if you're so inclined.)

A Day In The Life...Paul's part

Let It Be

Live and Let Die.  I never thought I'd see pyrotechnics at a Paul McCartney concert. 

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