We accompanied the Lady de Gloves, our sister, and a friend to see Paul McCartney at the Kohl Center in Madison. Wow! it was worth the trip. Paul gave a three hour tour (just like Gilligan) of 38 songs from the Beatles, Wings, and his solo work. You need to see him before this musical treasure is gone.
Paul’s voice is not the instrument it once was but he is still a joy to listen to. What make it a great show is the songs, the organization, his presence, and his musical skills. Paul is onstage for all three hours playing a variety of guitars, keyboards, and a (baby?) grand piano. It makes three hours fly by.
Paul is a star and he knows it because he can still connect to us. At one point amidst all the applause he says (approximately) I think I’ll take a second to drink it all in. It wasn’t a talk-fest like some concerts (Donovan) we have been to but he did have some great stories. The one we liked was very brief and concerned writing Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite and the relationship we saw with expertise. Paul related, as many knew, that a substantial part of the lyrics came from a poster of John’s. Paul made a self-depreciating comment something like, “After that there wasn’t much to writing it.” Of course there was much to it. The first step was to see the germ of the song on the poster. The second step was to flesh it out. Several steps later there is a song worth including on Sgt. Pepper.
The organization of the show starts with the brass section showing up in the third (?) song in the audience in about section 105. Shortly after they closed off part of the stage to do some of the older Beatles songs as a small group. Later, Paul did a couple of solos on a cube that rose up (15 feet?) from the stage. The pyrotechnics in Live And Let Die scared the bejeezus out of us. The video content was interesting. We especially liked the tribute to George.
And there are great songs even without playing Yesterday! We could list a half dozen songs he should have added. Paul is still the popular rocker he was with the Beatles so his library is 50 plus years of joy. Sure there was a song about bullying and another about segregation (Blackbird) but it was not a woke show. It was fun. It was great fun. You should see Paul while you still can.