A Living Legend

This world is filled with a variety of talented people.  Some are starving artists waiting to get an interested buyer while others happen upon an idea that changes the world (I’m looking at you, Mark Zuckerberg!).  Many of us will never have the chance to meet these revolutionaries, but when the opportunity comes up to share the same air, we must seize it for they come along with the same frequency as a winning lottery ticket.  That would be a very slim chance.

About a month before our trip to Costa Rica, Karen asked me a question:

Do you like the Beatles?

Now, I know for many of you out there, this seems like a redundant question, but I have met people who don’t care for one of the most incredible bands in the history of rock and roll.  I am not one of those people and I’m sure I uttered some kind of sarcastic response along the lines of: does a bear shit in the woods?

Though I wasn’t even a glimmer in my parents’ eyes when the Beatles were popular, I’ve always enjoyed their music as a group and as solo artists.  These four men defined rock and roll in a time when people were too busy criticizing their long, floppy hair to give a damn about their music.  From the Ed Sullivan Show to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, they were epic.  Look at “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”  It was released in November of 1963 and generations upon generations still know the beat and lyrics over fifty years later.

To say they are legendary is an understatement.

After learning that I indeed like the Beatles, Karen got to her point.  Paul McCartney would be coming to Dodger Stadium in August and she really wanted to go, but didn’t have anyone to go with.  She was hopeful that I would want to go with her.

My response:

Get the tickets.  I don’t care how much they cost.

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Years ago, my parent had gone to see Sir Paul and they both said it was the best concert they had ever been to.  My mom has told me since then that if I ever got the chance to see him live, I should jump at it.  I took her advice and we shelled out over $100 to join over 40,000 for an evening with Paul.

And it was worth every penny.

Starting the night off right with Shock Top

Starting the night off right with Shock Top

Unlike other artists I’d seen, Mr. McCartney was punctual and played nonstop for three hours.  At 72, the man can still rock.

To say the show was amazing really does it no justice.  There truly are no words to describe how incredible it is to see a legend in concert (take that #22 on my 30-before-30 list).  He sounded great, was kind and gracious, and still seemed to be that lovable floppy-haired boy from Liverpool.  He dedicated “Maybe I’m Amazed” to his late wife Linda, “My Valentine” to his current wife Nancy, “Here Today” to John Lennon, and “Something” with a video tribute to George Harrison.

Greeting the crowd during the first few songs

Greeting the crowd during the first few songs

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Our attempt at a selfie with Paul

A little ukulele action in memory of George Harrison

A little ukulele action in memory of George Harrison

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Dodger Stadium lit up for Paul

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Loved the retro videos.

Throughout the stadium, cell phones were illuminated and it was a spectacular sight to take in as thousands of people of all ages and walks of life came together (get it?) to see this one man in concert.  I can’t imagine anyone walking out of there disappointed.  We sang along to the songs, we cheered through two encores, and we still begged for more.

With performances like this, could you blame us?

Set List (courtesy of http://www.grammy.com):

“Eight Days A Week” (Beatles)
“Save Us”
“All My Loving” (Beatles)
“Listen To What The Man Said” (Wings)
“Let Me Roll It” (Wings)/”Foxy Lady” solo (Jimi Hendrix cover)
“Paperback Writer” (Beatles)
“My Valentine”
“Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five” (Wings)
“The Long And Winding Road” (Beatles)
“Maybe I’m Amazed”
“I’ve Just Seen A Face” (Beatles)
“We Can Work It Out” (Beatles)
“Another Day”
“And I Love Her” (Beatles)
“Blackbird” (Beatles)
“Here Today”
“New”
“Queenie Eye”
“Lady Madonna” (Beatles)
“All Together Now” (Beatles)
“Lovely Rita” (Beatles)
“Everybody Out There”
“Eleanor Rigby” (Beatles)
“Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! ” (Beatles)
“Something” (Beatles)”
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” (Beatles)
“Band On The Run” (Wings)
“Back In The U.S.S.R.” (Beatles)
“Let It Be” (Beatles)
“Live And Let Die” (Wings)
“Hey Jude” (Beatles)

First Encore:
“Day Tripper” (Beatles)
“Hi, Hi, Hi” (Wings)
“I Saw Her Standing There” (Beatles)

Second Encore:
“Yesterday” (Beatles)
“Helter Skelter” (Beatles)
“Golden Slumbers” (Beatles)
“Carry That Weight” (Beatles)
“The End” (Beatles)

If you ever have the chance to see Paul McCartney (who coincidentally is playing at San Diego’s Petco Park as I write this), spend the money and go.

I promise you, you won’t regret it.

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6 thoughts on “A Living Legend

  1. jansenschmidt says:

    Oh, you’re just a wee baby but I’m glad you got to enjoy a piece of this legendary group. I was very VERY young when they were “all the rage,” but as a youth I too enjoyed their music. Some groups just never lose it.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • Jessica | Defining Wonderland says:

      Yep, just a wee little thing. But I can still appreciate great music! Paul is a force and I’m so glad Karen suggested that we go. It’s definitely not a show I would have liked to miss. I certainly hope you get the chance to see him some day, Patricia. 🙂

    • Jessica | Defining Wonderland says:

      It was phenomenal… until we tried to leave. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Dodger Stadium, but it is a zoo when the event is over. It’ll take anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours to try to get to the freeway. And did I mention that the concert was on a Sunday and I had to work the next day? Still, it was so worth it. 🙂

  2. terriblepokerface says:

    You absolutely made the right choice. If anyone had turned down that chance, I don’t think I could be friends with them.

    • Jessica | Defining Wonderland says:

      Right?! It was such an amazing show and Paul McCartney is such a talent. He literally played the whole time and didn’t waste a lot of time telling stories. I don’t care how old he is, the dude can still rock. Thanks for stopping by!

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