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Lisa G/TS

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Well, I did manage to jot down a page of highlights and key notes after getting home Friday night before crashing contentedly to bed.  Waking up Saturday, it appeared Erin Lebar from one of the local papers saved me some work retyping  mine (yay!) , though I’ll add a few personal points not mentioned on the other side:

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/music/fans-let-go-as-mccartney-amazes-494678831.html

Guess my first inkling of what a night it would be was on entering the “phone booth” (aka Bell MTS Place) and spotting a fellow around 55-60ish decked out in a blue silk Sgt. Pepper outfit, a salt & peppery crew cut… but no fake mustache or pink rope a la James Corden.  I tapped his arm, saying something like “If you have to dress for a legend’s concert, that’s a good one”.  He said his friends laughed at him – maybe it’s time for new friends?

No, I didn’t/couldn’t invest in floor seats, but the next best, section 124 which was the first off-floor level directly behind the floor seats, centrally facing the stage.

Being the first tour stop since Montreal 8 days earlier, he seemed as well rested and refreshed as one would hope. Some good humour throughout, starting with the comment at the beginning of “Let Me Roll It”:

Let Me Roll It (with wardrobe quote):

At some point further on, he joked to some calling out to him “hard to carry on a conversation this way”.  Before “FourFiveSeconds”, he remembered collaborating with Kanye. Paul thought they’d just been relaxing and chatting instead of his concept of song writing, but was surprised when he came back later, Kanye said the song’s done already.   

Given Paul’s tendency to stick a kicking foot out while playing guitar, someone in the front row was holding up what looked like a “Kick Me Paul” sign. He obliged aiming at the sign a few times from a safe distance.

The brass trio enhanced things wonderfully, their first 2 appearances in these next 2 clear clips:

Letting Go (the trio were stage right, or about 10 o’clock position to the stage between floor seats and first raised section, but were on stage afterwards):

Come On To Me:

along with Let ‘em In, Lady Madonna, and Ob La Di, Ob La Da (which was another strong singalong).

At one point, Paul asked how many are from Winnipeg. Interestingly, maybe about 1/3 of the crowd roared and applauded. So he helped the local economy – hospitality industry anyway - with that many coming out of town, out of province or even out of Canada for the show.

Thought this was a unique nice clear view of “Live and Let Die” from some stage left seating. Good time to note when Paul went around that side to piano or any other reason, he'd wave or acknowledge them:

“Fuh You” seems to be polarizing amongst fans.  I’m on the side that thinks it’s a huge embarrassment. Even if you take away the controversial title, the remaining lyrics sound like a beginner’s attempt at poetry and the tune gets obnoxious. It didn’t belong on the album and I would have preferred “Dominoes” if they needed another new track – or pretty much anything else from his repertoire than that on a tour setlist.

One albeit regional complaint/surprise was...considering the venue a few months earlier was where the NHL's Winnipeg Jets came oh-so-close to the Stanley Cup final...they skip "Jet", which has been played in snippets at some of their hockey games?!?!?  C'mon, Paul! [frown]

Concluding on the bright side – my two highlights:

In Spite of All The Danger (including partial back story on the demo, wonder how much of a profit Duff made?):

Unfortunately, it ends before the slight encore where we were asked to fill in the “whoa oh oh oh”s . However, found this with a slightly more complete back story and a smaller audience participating...that you can magnify to an arena standard:

Funny how it’s been stuck in my head all day. Was humming it as I got groceries, gently singing the “whoa oh oh oh” when in earshot of others to see if they had gone and remembered it. Nope…I was just another loon at the store.

The twin girl group hug -- Steady there, fellas…let me explain further. After “I Saw Her Standing There” in the encore, he called 2 young girls (as in 8 years old, give or take) to the stage who said they were twins (“Groovy”) and were holding a “She Loves You Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” sign. After a brief grandfatherly chat, he offered a hug which became a group hug. Sweetest, cutest moment of the night and unfortunately nothing on YT as of yet, anyway.

Monday edit:  Someone uploaded it today! :




Although, as one gal behind me said, they didn’t seem overly excited coming or going from that experience. Opportunity wasted on the youth?  Perhaps… [rolleyes]

Good heavens! This was supposed to be a shorter version thanks to the Free Press? If you made it this far, congratulations and thanks!

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"...One albeit regional complaint/surprise was...considering the venue a few months earlier was where the NHL's Winnipeg Jets came oh-so-close to the Stanley Cup final...they skip "Jet", which has been played in snippets at some of their hockey games?!?!?  C'mon, Paul! [frown]…"
For years, I've thought that - like professional sports teams - concert tours of this type need some sort of 'advance scout'...maybe you're meant for the role, Lisa.

Very nice write-up Lisa.  Too bad we can't do this for Brian's shows - not enough YT videos available. Thanks for sharing.

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Hey, thanks bugs/Doug! 

Yeah, it's funny how for the weeks prior to that, I was imagining the place would absolutely ERUPT if  a live performance of "Jet" was in the cards. 

It appears this Beatle has ants in his pants -- he was out biking and unintentionally photobombing a couple's wedding photos the next day:

https://globalnews.ca/news/4502434/love-me-do-paul-mccartney-crashes-winnipeg-couples-wedding-photos/


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Lisa,  A grand report and you took us right there.  Lucky you.

Lucky me last year was this show:
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/paul-mccartney-played-2nd-madison-square-garden-show-setlist-video/

I too, liked the Quarrymen bit!  Ah, Duff. 

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...It appears this Beatle has ants in his pants -- he was out biking and unintentionally photobombing a couple's wedding photos earlier in the day:

https://globalnews.ca/news/4502434/love-me-do-paul-mccartney-crashes-winnipeg-couples-wedding-photos/
Excellent - They knew they had him cornered on the dead-end bike path! [thumb]

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Can we start a movement to get him to PLEASE wear a helmet? Started by the Brian Wilson Blueboard. Start it up Lisa. Keep this man safe!!!!!!
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Can we start a movement to get him to PLEASE wear a helmet?


Precisely!...or does he expect his bodyguards to dive and break his fall if he goes over the handlebars?   [nono]

I heard the full interview of the couple and photographer on my drive to work this morning. If interested, set the audio vault to October 1, 8 am and fast forward to 6:41..it runs to around the 14 minute mark:

https://globalnews.ca/pages/audio-vault-cjob/

...and as newscaster Jeff Braun said around the 34:27 mark, "If he had known what they had told the DJ, Paul McCartney may not have bothered stopping to pose for photos with those newlyweds".  [biggrin]
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thanks for the details and effort in assembling diveo clips, lisa.
no doubt a spectacular show,
but methinks not gonna be my cuppa dishwater if he brings the tour back to blighty.
i've not seen macca play for quite a while and this doesn't rekindle the need,
quite honestly.
a brilliant band and a faaab repertoire to draw upon.
but, even allowing for the poxy sound of most of these clips,
which doesn't do justice to the live experience,
what i hear of macca's voice (along with the studiedly liverpudlian infections),
obviously distinctively him,
but is decidedly more talkalong with added rather raspy hollering.

yep, voices change with age and livedinness,
gawd'elpus, we've witnessed seismic changes in bw's delivery,
but he's evolved into an exception in my ears
and, much as the bb's shared vocals,
he's content allowing his band members to divvy up the songs,
often taking a back seat himself.
sinatra is another case in point where the voice and delivery altered
- his latterday voice was, well, what was it?
still captivating, but very very different to the crooner or suave hearthtrob.

listening to the wonderful, now departed, charles aznavour yesterday,
reinforced the old disparaging jokey 'asnovoice' remark
since, over the decades he audibly shrivelled vocally.
tony bennett, at least last time i saw him perform, wasn't losing it.
and, marc almond's live soft cell farewell 40th anniversary(!!!) gig,
showed a performer who's grown in ability over the decades.

if the presentation and performance can overcome debilities in vocal clarity,
then good for these old codgers in carrying on,
if that's what they want to do.
i'm grateful for having seen many an old bluesman,
very late on, but still cutting it.
but, here, in macca's case,
i find it far more difficult to be generous in accepting what are clearly restrictions
on his delivery.

having said all that,
i'm sort of thinking,
yeah,
having given him a miss for a few years,
maybe i will fork out one more time.
but only maybe...
and that'll be for the repertoire and the great band he's assembled around him.

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Paul A. - use the fork one more time when the hunger arises. I caught the act last year , September, and so glad thst I did. No, the brilliant voice isn't there, nor is Brian's, but it's a different voice. The technology that he surrounds himself with, the leeeeeeeeength of the show, the band and the interactions, the shear musicality, his incredibe stamina and agility - I need to eat what he eats. No, it's experiencing the man, the legend, the legendary set of songs.

When you get the chance, listen to the Hamburg album and it gets somewhat talky because they plsyed a looooooong set. He now does this and every concertgoer is all the better for it.

I was getting blahhed about hearing very much the same show but he is getting better and better as he gets on. So has Brian. They are still out there sharing their love and enriching the lives of the people who experience the show/concert/performance. They both deliver and do they ever!

The people I now cheer on are those who bring their young children to experience the shows for many reasons.

Legends who are still doing it and are relevant - they can't help it.

There may be considerable forking for PM, but go if and when you can. The legends are still out there.

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Mr. Adsett (no, not "arsehat") -- You're right...I did fail to mention how Rusty, Brian (Ray, not Wilson), Abe and yet another Paul - the veteran band mate Paul "Wix" Wickens - are a great support and deliver the goods masterfully. 

When I last saw them in 2013, tix were approx. $70-75. Believe it or not, I was hesitant checking out a presale and seeing most non-floor seats were at least triple that in the $200-300 range. Could be 5 years inflation, could be the larger venues charge more for bookings,  or whatever the terminology is, compared to smaller venues BW and others tend to play. Yep, instead of the "Freshen Up" tour, it was feeling more like the "before one of us dies" tour...and not so sure he'd be the one shuffling off first. Actually, death and sentimentality were part of what made me take the plunge: In '93, I went with my mother and older brother, both of whom have since passed but I sensed they wouldn't want me to miss out. So I bought my single ticket -- didn't know anyone alive I could convince to come along. [wink]

Anyone who sings that regularly over decades has gotta have a few rough notes get away on 'em -- even Pavarotti must have had an off day, not that anyone would dare discuss that. 

The thing I seem to take for granted until showtime again is, as Al said, the stamina McCartney has in concert. It's a solid 3 hour show and he doesn't leave the stage once...not until those few minutes between the main set and the encore. As indicated by the first joke of the night, he won't squander valuable seconds for wardrobe changes either, which is great -- who needs a silly fashion show in a concert? 

On leaving the building, everyone young and old seemed mesmerized at what just happened. On the bus ride home, I sat near a lad in his late teens or early 20s discussing his favourite bits with his friends. In the day or two after, there have been people admitting they wished they did go after hearing all the favourable comments. 

You have a right to your opinion, Mr. Adsett (see? still not "Arsehat"), but I do hope you can tuck a couple of coin or quid away weekly or monthly so if he does come to your area over the next year, you won't be one of those who missed out and wished they had gone. It may have buggered up my budget slightly, but worth every nickel. After all, life is short. I'll shut up now before I start sounding too much like an infomercial (too late?)
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...it's experiencing the man, the legend, the legendary set of songs.
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[Paul and Brian] are still out there sharing their love and enriching the lives of the people who experience the show/concert/performance. They both deliver and do they ever!

The people I now cheer on are those who bring their young children to experience the shows for many reasons.

Legends who are still doing it and are relevant - they can't help it.

There may be considerable forking for PM, but go if and when you can. The legends are still out there.
Excellent post Al - especially the parts I quote and where emphasis added.  Though I'm not a follower of Paul, I truly respect his achievements...which includes his tours.  

A very short-list of the very best things we can accomplish in our lifetimes includes sharing art, history, and the sciences with the young, and creating their paths for a peaceful, sustainable world.  

It's all good.

-Doug


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yes, everything you say, lisa & al, is correct.
a quandary.
and, one i'll struggle with...
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Mr. Paul and Mrs. A - ta and may it not, be the quandary long.

Now a sunny Brighton scoop, already shared here, but lucky you as to who's coming your way.
http://rosecousins.com/tour/

And Doug, thanks as well for that. Thats good parenting.

See what you've uncorked in us, Lisa?

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Lisa, I love your review and clips.  Thanks so much.  It's great to see this thread take off.  (asshat - where can I get one?[smile])

I almost died of happiness when Paul McCartney came to New Zealand.  I even have a photo of us!  You can't quite see Macca, as I am in the foreground somewhat and he was about a kilometre behind me, but it's the two of us in the same frame, nonetheless.

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[QUOTE=Al Forsyth] <snip> The technology that he surrounds himself with, the leeeeeeeeength of the show, the band and the interactions, the shear musicality, his incredibe stamina and agility - I need to eat what he eats <snip>

For the record, Macca has been a vegan for many years.  Makes sense.

My family saw him last year a Tinley Park, Illinois.  Amazing.  We're going to see him again soon, in Madison, Wisconsin, before Brian's Christmas tour arrives in this vicinity.  Good time to live in the great Midwest.

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