Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Maybe I'm Amazed, that Paul McCartney Played a Surprise Concert

Sorry for the late post,  I've been extremely busy with doctors/hospital appointments, school work, and to be honest, some guitar playing.  But here it is, for your viewing pleasure a post that would drive any McCartney/Beatles fan crazy and filled with jealousy... unless you attended.

Close your eyes, after reading the following description of course, and imagine this;

It's 11 p.m. on Valentines Day and you're sitting amongst a thousand people; lovers, couples, friends... all resided at Irving Plaza, and all whose pockets are just  $40 lighter. You stand shuffling about to get a better view of the stage that lies in front of you, not that you need it, the venue isn't too big. Then, within minutes, it hits you, the thrill of your life, an experience that afterwards you'd be happy dying; Sir James Paul McCartney steps out on stage with his band {consisting of the very talented; Brian Ray, Paul Wickens, Rusty Anderson, and Abe Laboriel Jr. }...

That's right, Paul McCartney went from his usual big venues and ballparks to the much smaller, 1,000 seating, Irving Plaza in New York City to perform a surprise concert for  $40 per ticket; first come first serve.

 "So close you can see my dental work." -Paul McCartney

It's no secret that the once mop-topped, mullet sporting, mustache rocking, musician is a straight romantic; he didn't earn the title of 'The Cute One' easily.  McCartney has written/co-written some of the greatest love ballads of all time, whether it's "I Want To Hold Your Hand", "My Love", and even in February 2012, releasing his fifteenth studio album, Kisses On The Bottom, filled with jazz and traditional pop ballads, one track being "My Valentine".  So it's not like Paul to not show his love and respect to not only his wife and family on Cupid's day but to show his love to his fans and what better way to do that than putting on a performance that brings everyone together for a night of music and love; in fact McCartney even announced,
"Tonight it's all about love."
 The night started with a Beatles classic, "Eight Days A Week", followed by twenty-two other songs, not to mention the three others he performed as an encore;
  1. Eight Days A Week - The Beatles
  2. Save Us - McCartney
  3. All My Loving - The Beatles
  4. One After 909 - The Beatles
  5. Matchbox - Perkins
  6. Let Me Roll It - Wings
  7. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five - Wings
  8. My Valentine - McCartney
  9. Maybe I'm Amazed - McCartney
  10. I've Just Seen A Face - The Beatles
  11. It's So Easy - The Crickets
  12. Every Night - McCartney
  13. Another Day -McCartney
  14. We Can Work It Out - The Beatles
  15. And I Love Her - The Beatles
  16. New - McCartney
  17. Lady Madonna -The Beatles
  18. Jet -Wings
  19. Drive My Car -The Beatles
  20. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La, Da - The Beatles
  21. Back In The U.S.S.R - The Beatles
  22. Let It Be -The Beatles
  23. Hey Jude -The Beatles
  1. Golden Slumbers - The Beatles
  2. Carry That Weight - The Beatles
  3. The End - The Beatles

 I'm sorry for posting the set-list. Yes, McCartney played all/most of his classics from The Beatles, Wings, and his solo career. He also performed his early rock'n'roll roots with Buddy Holly and The Crickets and Carl Perkins, songs he usually only performs during sound checks, if he does play it. The night was filled with love and lustful music and high energy emerging from not only the crowd but of McCartney and the band themselves. From Paul's light hearted singing, bass playing, and piano banging, to Abe's never off-beat drumming, Rusty and Brains's impersonalities  of moving around the stage to subsiding during slower songs, and Winx's cool approach to every song.

Through his charm, Sir James Paul McCartney has  shot Cupid's arrow through millions of hearts.

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