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.
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!
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.