Two nights ago, I had the true honor and pleasure of seeing Sir Paul McCartney live in concert during his "One On One" 2016 tour. As Paul entered the stage, us fan girls (and guys) went WILD. It was like the Ed Sullivan show was happening all over again!
What I really appreciated about McCartney's tour is that he completely tailored the sets to our town. I attended in Seattle, Wash.--the home of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix and the grunge band Nirvana. He performed a tribute to Jimi along with an anecdotal memory of meeting him one day long ago. He also brought out Krist from Nirvana to join him in his finale of "Helter Skelter".
McCartney sang, to put it in his own words: "Some old songs, some new songs, some in-between songs." I was singing along, waving my hands and flashing the peace sign as the entire crowd came together to chant "Na-na-na-na, hey Jude!" I laughed, I shed a few tears and I gained so much respect for a man I always idolized growing up.
After 2.5 hours of continuous performing with fire shooting from the stage and a forehead (and body) drenched in sweat, at age 73, McCartney took his bow with his team and walked off the stage--but he didn't stop there. After five minutes of consistent cheering and clapping, McCartney and his team jumped on the stage with three flags--the United Kingdom flag, the United States flag and last but not least: the Washington State flag.
He performed an entire third set, celebrating the birthdays of those in the crowd and bringing up a fan who was holding a sign that read: "I'm a 65 year old tattoo virgin. Please sign me--be my first." Of course, he signed her wrist for later permanence. He is such a decent guy and his fame has not overcome him.
Luckily, I was able to record decent video and edited it for those who weren't able to attend (or who wanted to preserve the memory). It's about 13 min. long. I hope you enjoy it:
I will never forget last Sunday. It was a special night for my mom and I--two generations of screaming fan girls waiting their whole lives for this moment.
The largest takeaway I had was this: McCartney loves what he does. He doesn't need the money. He doesn't need to overwhelm his body and his mental state each night by traveling the world at age 73 (after the West Coast U.S., he runs over to Germany and just yesterday released an extra eight tour dates for the summer). He loves his fans. He loves the art of live performance. This is a rare gem to be found in the music industry today.
I was so glad to be a part of this marvelous tour and witness this music legend in all his glory.
Who is a music artist you've seen who has left an imprint on your heart? Leave your favorites in the comments!