Monday, August 16, 2010

Paul McCartney In Toronto, August 8, 2010

So I went to see Paul McCartney at the Air Canada Centre last week. Needless to say it was an awesome show. For a 68-year-old guy, he still knows how to rock.



Just about ended up in fisticups with some ignoramuses sitting straight in front of me who decided they’d stand up at the first hint of a song without any regard for anybody behind them. That settled, things calmed down in the stands but heated up on stage. But then again, Macca’s had lots of practice. He’s been doing this for the last 50 years.

Not much can be said that has already been said. However, I am always been struck by the liner notes for the album ‘Beatles for Sale’ (1964) written by Derek Taylor (long since deceased). In part I quote: “None of us is getting any younger. When, in a generation or so, a radio-active, cigar-smoking child, picnicking on Saturn, asks you what the Beatle affair was all about — 'Did you actually know them?' — don't try to explain all about the long hair and the screams! Just play the child a few tracks from this album and he'll probably understand what it was all about. The kids of AD 2000 will draw from the music much the same sense of well being and warmth as we do today.” I am sure he didn’t believe of a word of this nonsense when he penned it way back then, but nonetheless it does have a grain of truth to it.

Anyway, to make a long story short, some guy I vaguely know ‘Teiteltje’ shot a video of ‘Mull of Kintyre’. The pipe band appearing on stage with Sir Paul was The Paris Port Dover Pipe Band from right here in Norfolk County. I had a spare second ticket which I ended up selling to one of the people involved with the pipe band, so his wife could attend the show!

Note that this clip is best seen in 480p. YouTube seems to default to 360p.



Here’s another shot the same guy took and he kindly let me borrow it:



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