Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Paul McCartney Concert Review

The Paul McCartney Concert Review

Paul McCartney and his backup band performed at the Times Union Arena  in Albany NY last night and I was there thanks to the generosity of my daughters who bought me tickets as a father’s day present.

I have been fortunate (and old enough) to have seen all the greats live in concert. But seeing Paul McCartney was truly something special. We often forget just how many truly great songs Paul has written and performed. And he was really in his element. Of all the Beatles, its clear Paul enjoys performing much more than the others.  Two hours in he had only touched on his phenomenal list of amazing songs and probably could have played all night and STILL had a number of classics yet to play.

They performed a number of songs from their new album during which most of the audience took that opportunity to go to the bathroom or get something to drink, a fact that Paul took notice of and jokingly commented on.

Other than that it was one fantastic song after another played by a tight group of professionals fronted by one the greatest talents of the last century. In between songs Paul told stories about his days with the Beatles and became a bit emotional when he sang his tribute to John Lennon.

One interesting occurrence was when some old guy nearly came to blows with some kid in his twenties because the kid kept jumping out of his seat and blocking the old guys view. What really surprised me was the amount of attendees under thirty. These kids weren’t even alive during the Beatle OR Wings era. Yet they were just as excited as the teens back in the sixties were.

If you haven’t see McCartney in concert by all means do so, BUT save up and purchase the expensive seats. Because of today’s digital technology seeing him at home in HD is just as good if you’re stuck in the cheap seats.

I’m so glad I got to see McCartney because that will be my last concert. It took nearly an hour to get a parking space because of all the traffic. On the way to our seats we were squashed together like a New York Subway car during rush hour, and it was the same on the way out. Getting out of the parking garage was another nightmare and frankly I’m getting too old for this shit.

As I said I saw all the greats. I saw The Rolling Stones TWICE, Led Zeppelin Twice, The Kinks, the Who, Simon and Garfunkel, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, The Jefferson Airplane, KISS And many others whose careers didn’t last all that long. Missed out on seeing Hendrix, Joplin and Yes but I’m Okay with ending my concert going career with Sir Paul. It’s always best to end things on a high note.

And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make

Thanks, Paul

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