Last night’s Paul McCartney concert was one of the most incredible, amazing, wonderful experiences I have had to date and honestly those superlatives don’t describe the night adequately. A living legend, whose talents are as timeless as he is, put on a show many half his age couldn’t muster. I grew up listening to the Beatles, their subsequent solo projects and the music they inspired (like jangle rock), so his music has been a significant part of the soundtrack of my life. When I danced with my father at my wedding, it was to the Beatles’ In My Life. (Yes, I realize it is a John song.)
He recounted many amazing moments he witnessed throughout his career. Including how Jimi Hendrix played Sgt. Pepper’s at his concerts a mere two days after it was released. While that in itself is impressive, the best part of the story was how after using the banger bar Jimi’s guitar was out of tune and he started calling out for Eric. That Eric was Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix was trying to call him up on stage to tune his guitar.
For my son, this was the chance to see an icon and one of his musical heroes. He could guess the song based on the guitar they handed Paul. He was thrilled when Paul opened the show with a Hard Day’s Night and even noticed when he ended You Won’t See Me with the song’s opening chord. Paul played songs from across his career including the earliest song recorded by the Beatles, which Jacob knew right away as In Spite of Danger a Quarryman song.
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