Monthly Archives: June 2015

Paul McCartney Brings It Every Time

McCartneyLast night’s Paul McCartney show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly was a real treat for first-timers and fans like me who catch him every time he’s in town.  He played close to 40 songs over an almost three hour set that included Beatles’ songs, some Wings’ numbers, and a few tracks off his new album, New.  As someone who regularly goes to see him, I was pleasantly surprised to see him perform a few songs that I’ve never seen him play – “All Together Now,” which was fun for young and old alike, and “Temporary Secretary,” which he had never before performed live.  I particularly enjoyed “Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite” and “Lovely Rita,” both off of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, too.  Some other highlights of the night included the fire explosions during “Live and Let Die,” his tributes to John Lennon and George Harrison, and of course, the crowd sing-a-long of “Hey Jude.”

Paul’s voice was in fine form.  My daughter commented that he sounded like an angel and I’d have to agree.  My friend noticed that he didn’t even take a drink all night which I found hard to believe. I, on the other hand, was constantly popping Tic Tacs in my mouth to moisten it from all my singing and cheering. McCartney is such a huge talent you might think that musicians playing with him might not be able to perform up to par but that’s not the case with his band.  Paul Wickens (keyboard), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar), and Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums) did a fabulous job keeping up with the always energetic, playful and entertaining McCartney.

Some people ask how I could go see Paul time after time, and for me the answer is simple.  Even though I obviously don’t know him, I feel like he’s an old friend.  For 35 years, his music has touched my heart and soul and given me such joy.  I think he feels the same way about me, about us, his fans.  Sir James Paul McCartney always puts on one hell of a show and I always want to be there to thank him for that. May God bless him and may he keep on rockin!

 

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony aired this weekend and although I am not a huge fan of any of the inductees (with the exception of Ringo Starr), I thought this year’s group of inductees represented a nice cross section of music.  Not knowing a whole lot about a couple of the inductees, The 5 Royales or The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, I enjoyed learning more about their music and the influence each had on the music scene.  What I particularly enjoyed about the show was hearing each inductee’s speech.  Many of the speeches gave sincere thanks to the Rock Hall and to the fans and conveyed their sheer love of music.  I loved seeing the admiration of the artists who were presenting the awards as well.  In some cases, it was a new generation of rocker presenting to a veteran, and in others, it was a peer.  In either case, there’s no denying that no matter age you are or what type of music you prefer to listen to, music really touches the lives and souls of people and that’s why so many of us love it.