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Saturday, July 18, 2009

OMG, he sang for 2 1/2 hours!

So last night I went to Citi Field to the very first concert ever held there: Sir Paul McCartney. (click to enlarge)

Here's Paul telling you about the weather:

As for the rest of the concert....

the opening act, The Script --an Irish band -- sang for about half an hour, and they were good. But everyone was there to see Paul. After and interminable video montage about his career, Paul took the stage at 9 PM. And sang for 2 1/2 hours!

He reminisced about the Beatles at Shea, he did tributes to john Lennon and George Harrison, and also to his wife Linda and Hendrix. He truly enjoyed hanging out with the audience. I loved the pyrotechnics during "Live and Let Die". And I loved how Paul sang John's part as well as his own in "Day in the Life" before moving on to "Give Peace a Chance."

Billy Joel's brief appearance (the man looked like a cue ball, BTW) on "I Saw Her Standing There" brought the crowd to its feet.You know he's going to sing "Yesterday". "Let It Be" and "Get Back", but "Helter Skelter"? Wow!

Newsday wrote:

Paul McCartney delivers masterful set at Citi Field


July 18, 2009

Paul McCartney could have played it safe Friday night at Citi Field, but he swung for the fences instead.

"Long time since I was here," McCartney said. "I've got a feeling that we're going to have a little bit of fun tonight." As he did with The Beatles in 1965 at Shea Stadium, McCartney christened the home of the Mets for rock and roll. This time, though, the acoustics were a little better.

And actually, so is McCartney.

His two-hour-plus set pulled from the first Beatles hits to his recent experimental album, and most have improved with age.

Harmonies sweetened a revved-up "Jet." Bluesy guitar and organ built a new groove on "Let Me Roll It," which got a dose of Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady," and honky-tonk riffs on "The Long and Winding Road."

He helped the crowd relive memories with "Drive My Car" and "Blackbird," and dedicated "My Love" to late wife Linda and "Here Today" to John Lennon.

Billy Joel joined him for "I Saw Her Standing There." McCartney was a guest at Joel's final show at Shea Stadium.

McCartney's ability to master the crowd's mood and progress musically showed how far he has come. Friday, he showed he isn't done improving yet.


Joyce-Anne said...

Wow! Very cool.

Christina said...

I am quite jealous!! What a treat to hear him live. I really must get this on my list :-)

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