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Paul McCartney
What an utterly amazing experience Erick and I had last night. I have been to a lot of concerts over my life but I do think this was the best ever. It covered almost fifty years of my life with love, joy and
profound appreciation for all the happy memories I have been given by this one individual. First as the Beatles, my all time favorite band, then the Wings phase, to his current material. There was not a bad moment or song selection. I was in tears most of the evening...and am barely able to speak today from singing along with every note.

His band was so incredible. Music at its absolute best.

If you have a chance to catch this tour, just do it.

He rocked the place, non stop, then evoked raw emotion telling how he'd written Balckbird as a reposnse to the racial tensions in the US. Then, sans band, Paul and guitar delivered a beautiful rendition of that song.

He lit up the night and brought down the house with Live And Let Die. So many great Beatles songs, from All My Lovin, Lady Madonna, Your Mother Should know, Paperback Writer. He touched on virtually every aspect of his amazing career.

Has he lost it? Slowed down? Not one iota.

I cannot stop smiling. In a world of so much strife, corruption and ugly political truths, last night provided the antidote that has sustained me my entire life: The pure power of love and joy that is rock and roll.

I never did get to see the Beatles live - although they came to my town back in the Sixties. I wasn't prepared to sleep outside the theatre for 3 nights to get the tickets.

This is one of my favourite McCartney tracks:

The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14
I never saw them live either and was ok with that as I hated all the screaming. Not that I did not get that it was a totally emotional experience. It was- but for me it was tears.
I can't see the video so can't guess what your favorite is. Sad
Fifty years later people are still talking about the great song writing team of Lennon/MCartney. Anyone who plays music will quickly understand
why they remain so popular. They augmented normal 1-6-4-5 patterns of popular music with far more complex chord structures. And they perfected the concept of the "hook".

Paul has also never been given his due for being a peace advocate. John is the one we most associate with this kind of activism. And while Paul was not an activist per se, several songs are so inspiraing
and evocative of a time when peace seemed possilbe. When they did Hey Jude on tv. That same magic was there last night as we all sang along, and pushed away memories of what happened instead.

The show closed with that great medley from Abbey Rd, beginning with Golden Slumbers and culminating with "And in the end, the love you take is equial to the love you make".

This, after four long and powerful encores.

At a time when there is so much for which to be ashamed in the US we can take pride in two home grown art forms :
jazz and rock.
No review yet in the local paper. So I found one online...(of many, just went with the first, I mean honestly what self- respecting rocker does not love Sir Paul?)
Words are not enough. That is just how great the evening was. And he played closer to four hours without a single break.

The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity. For approximately three hours, many of the greatest moments of the last 50 years of musical history -- not to mention the soundtracks of entire lives -- are magically brought to life as only Paul can do. Last year marked 40 years since Paul's premiere tour as a solo artist and these past four decades have seen him play in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow's Red Square, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people and even a performance beamed into outer space! Having played with his peerless band of Paul 'Wix' Wickens (keyboards), Rusty Anderson (guitar), Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums) and Brian Ray (bass/guitar) for over ten years, Paul never disappoints -- as reviews of his last trek through Canada in November 2012 will attest:

"It took close to half a century for Paul McCartney to step on a Vancouver stage for the second time in his musical career, and in the span of nearly three hours at BC Place, Sir Paul closed the gap, looped the loop and gave his fans a timeless experience... McCartney never even paused to take a break, commanding the stage with more power, presence and stamina than pop stars half his age... Flat-out amazing." -- VANCOUVER SUN

"The last time Paul McCartney graced a stage in Vancouver was August 22, 1964. The show was cut short due to fear of a riot... There were times last night at BC Place when the 70 year-old could make you believe the clock was running backwards... The catalogue of tunes is positively staggering... McCartney really loves performing them too. Paul McCartney still does his legacy justice. Few of his living peers can make any similar claim. This was a bucket list gig and turned out to be one for the memory books as well. Thanks for that." -- VANCOUVER PROVINCE

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