I won’t waste space reiterating the backstory of Sir James Paul McCartney. First of all, I don’t think I need to, and second, I don’t think my blog site could hold that kind of data. Let’s just say it has a lot to do with a small group of school mates who had little band called the Beatles. If you’re not busy today, and have the ability to just apparate anywhere, the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit would be the place to be. Need more time? To name a few, he’ll make stops in Australia and Mexico in October.
For someone who has been lucky enough to have had one career in his life doing what he absolutely loves, he hasn’t been content to rest on his laurels. At 75 years old, he is still going strong, and I believe this is what has kept him young. The concert I attended a week ago in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York, gave me that experience firsthand. He might move a little slower, and his speaking voice might hint at the fact that he’s a senior citizen, but never did his chronological age slow him down as a performer. It's obvious he has a blast creating and doing his thing. The stubborn 82⁰ heat of September in Upstate New didn’t slow him down, even though he was in a suit. After a song or two the jacket came off. Another song, a sleeve was rolled up. The next on his play list saw another sleeve adjusted. And at a prompt 8pm start time, he shared his love and amazing ability of music with us for three straight hours. I was up, dancing and singing along with the other 35,000 fans while he rotated between a ukulele, several pianos, and multiple guitars, and even I had to take a few breaks.
His music spanned the decades, with the first song he ever recorded to the most recent song written for his wife, Nancy. At times, he joked he knew the songs the audience liked but would be playing ones he wanted to anyway. It didn’t matter, nothing he did ever seemed a chore for him. Never did the music seem subpar. Towards the end of the night he set the stage on fire - literally and figuratively - with pyrotechnics during Live and Let Die. Ever the performer, he calmly moved on to the next song while stagehands rushed to put out the flames.
His set included music from the early years with the Beatles, through several albums, favorites from Wings, and solo work. Songs written for those he’s lost, wife Linda and friend John Lennon, were played with heartfelt love. Throughout the concert, pictures flashed across the screens behind him showing a timeline of history that he had played a huge part in. A lot has to be said about his backup band, too. It’s a testimony of perfection when both the lead and backup have a synergistic effect. And just when I somehow forgot I was standing 12 rows from an icon, he’d give his head a little shake or take a stiff bow, reminding me he was the legend who graced the Ed Sullivan show when music as we know it today was born. Now I can say I've been a thread in the magic that is Paul McCartney. Catch him if you can keep up.