I had the pleasure of attending the Paul McCartney concert in Washington D.C. last night. I went into this with the attitude that this was a bonus. I had seen him many times in concert over the years, most recently the Driving USA tour of 2002. He was approaching age 60 on that tour, so I figured that would be my last opportunity to watch him play live. I really didn't expect him to still be out rocking at age 67. Well, this "bonus" turned out to be one of the best concerts I have ever seen in my life.
The energy level of the show from start to finish was staggering. I have been watching all of the videos from these "not quite a real tour" concerts over the past year, but they didn't quite convey how much this old guy (whom some people suggest was 32 in 1967) could still rock.
The inclusion of old rockers like "Day Tripper," "I'm Down," "Helter Skelter" and a near punk version of "Paperback Writer," and new ones such as "Only Mama Knows" and the Fireman tracks "Sing The Changes" and "Highway" left the crowd of over 60,000 breathless. Now I have seen Paul McCartney performing "Live and Let Die" with all of the pyrotechnics and theatrics every tour since 1976, but the spectacle of this year's model inside the mammoth Fedex Field was absolutely awesome.
The power of the heavy songs was complimented by outstanding performances of some of Paul's gentler tracks. He did the cleanest version of "Blackbird" I have heard in concert. "Here Today" was flawless. And as a surprise, a lovely performance of "Michelle" was thrown in as a nod to the First Lady of the United States.
Even "Hey Jude" got to me despite the fact that I feel like I have seen him do it a hundred times. It was great to hear Paul do "A Day In The Life" although it is still a little shaky in places. The only obvious flub of the night was when Paul followed the line "Well, I just had to laugh" too quickly with "I saw the photograph," but the band recovered quickly and avoided what could have been an embarrassing breakdown. Otherwise, the goosebumps were up all night, I was moved to near tears about six times, and I don't know why I paid all that money for that seat because it's not like I ever sat down.
I don't know if Paul is dead, but I can tell you that the guy I saw last night was larger than life.
In Iamaphoney/PID news, it appears that good old Y0K00NO has joined the ranks of all of the others who have threatened to reveal the Iamaphoney secret. It appears an agreement must have been reached. Apparently, there is still an endless supply of cash in the Iamaphoney "Don't Start the Revelation Without Me" fund.
There is a new video from one of my favorite PIDeople, JohnCharles2007, which proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Paul's double was able to copy his mannerisms perfectly with the exception of whether to put his finger in front of or behind his ear. See Match Point.
STOP PRESS: ROTTEN APPLE 76 IS HERE. It includes some details that appear well worth investigating. There are a few more new things on the fringes of YouTube, but I want to examine R.A. 76 right now. Cheers.