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.
Get the tickets. I don’t care how much they cost.
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.
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.
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)
“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)
“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)
“And I Love Her” (Beatles)
“Lady Madonna” (Beatles)
“All Together Now” (Beatles)
“Lovely Rita” (Beatles)
“Everybody Out There”
“Eleanor Rigby” (Beatles)
“Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! ” (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)
“Day Tripper” (Beatles)
“Hi, Hi, Hi” (Wings)
“I Saw Her Standing There” (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.