What we read while believers got their comeuppance…
Older bands and musicians tend to be hit-or-miss: Witnessing The Rolling Stones’ lackluster performance in 2005 started me thinking this way. Accordingly, I came into last night’s (July 18) Paul McCartney concert (my first McCartney concert) a bit skeptical. I shouldn’t have been: The concert was excellent. You can see a traditional review and the set list here. Now, some of my own observations:
-The set list went from disappointing (only three of the first nine songs were Beatles’ songs) to great. In the end, 19 of the 33 songs (a long set indeed) were Beatles’ songs. Wings’ hits like “Live and Let Die” and “Jet” were performed excellently as well. Of the Beatles’ songs, there was a solid mix. The first encore got us back to earlier stuff such as “Day Tripper” (the first Beatles’ song I really loved) and “I Saw Her Standing There.” The “A Day in the Life/Give Peace a Chance” combination was phenomenal, but perhaps the best performance compared to its album version was “Back in the U.S.S.R”: It was extremely upbeat and McCartney’s vocals particularly stood out. In fact, throughout the night McCartney’s vocals were incredible. The fact he could sing all-out on “Helter Skelter”—the 31st song performed—was amazing.
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