When people sit around and talk about the average 70-year-old person certain things tend to come up in the conversation. Retirement issues, health concerns, loss of hearing and perhaps even ambition. For the exceptional pensioner they may talk about vibrancy and youthful appearance despite the age. One thing is for certain though Paul McCartney does not fit into any group labeled ordinary. I count my lucky stars that I have now seen this living legend twice and by all reasonable standards he just keeps getting better and better with age.
Welcome to Winnipeg!
Let’s face it Paul is a rock and roll icon of the highest order and now into his 7th decade could very easily rest on his laurels and slip most contentedly into obscurity. The fact that this ground-breaker and might I add billionaire chooses to go out on tour again speak volumes. One of the most critical things I look for in any performance is whether or not the principals are enjoying themselves and I can happily report that it sure seemed like Paul and his band mates were having a blast on stage in Winnipeg!
Yours truly waiting for the show to start!
Slide show warming up the arriving crowd.
Darlene and I sat midfield in the lower bowl of the stands giving us an excellent wide-angle view of the entire stage setup. Two huge High Definition screens flanked either side of the stage helping with close up views of the band. The evening began with cover versions of Beatles tunes played in time with a scrolling montage of kaleidoscopic images of Paul though out his life. At 8:30 sharp the band took the stage to thunderous applause from the 31,000 in attendance. The audience, as one would guess, spanned the age spectrum. Families with children hand in hand eyes wide with wonder at the unfolding spectacle, teens decked out in tight shirts and silly grins. Older women and gentlemen seeking to recapture their youth in the songs bound to be sung that perhaps they courted each other to. The crowd had it all.
Posted in Why Winnipeg Rocks!, Winnipeg and Hometown Goings On, Winnipeg Events
Tagged Beatle, Canada, Eric Clapton, Foxy Lady, George Harrison, Investors Group Field, Jimi Hendrix, Out There Tour, Paul, Paul McCartney, Pipe Band, Sam Katz, The Beatles, Winnipeg
Visibly worn down and physically exhausted from everything we had experienced so far in New York, Dar and I treated ourselves to a short nap before heading out to the second night of incredible music.
The walk to Madison Square Garden seemed shorter this time our tired feet almost seemed to know the way. Perhaps tonight’s performance would be shorter than the marathon 6 hours of music we had rocked to the night before.
The event started out in familiar fashion, Tom Hanks addressing the crowd bringing out the still incredible Jerry Lee Lewis to open the show once again. The elderly rascal belted out Great Balls of Fire in classic form. Even going so far as to kick over his piano bench in a display of youthful enthusiasm.
Next up a red clad Aretha Franklin, took the stage with polished precision.
She rolled though a series of show tunes and a tribute to Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, before bringing out her first guest of the evening. Annie Lennox, bravely showing her support for Aids research wearing a black Tee emblazoned with the slogan “HIV Positive”.
Annie Lennox joins Aretha Franklin
Posted in 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, New York
Tagged Ahmet Ertegun, Annie Lennox, Aretha Franklin, Atlantic Records, Billy Gibbons, Buddy Guy, Curtis Mayfield, Eric Clapton, Guitar Gods, HIV Positive, Jeff Beck, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Hendrix, Lennie Kravitz, Madison Square Garden, New York, Ray Charles, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary, The Beatles, Tom Hanks, ZZ Top