Sunday, April 26, 2009

It Was Twenty Years Ago Today...

Well, actually, it is more like 7 days ago today.

If I had a bucket list, seeing one of the surviving Beatles in concert would have been on it. Moving forward, any list that I make will not include that item.

Last Sunday night Sir Paul McCartney, one half of one of the 20th Centuries most prolific song writing teams played the “The Joint” at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Casino and Resort. When tickets went on sale for the concert, they sold out in 7 seconds, making it that fastest sell-out in history.

I knew the concert would take place while we were in Vegas but held no hope of getting a ticket at something other than an exorbitant price. Yet, on Saturday morning last, a few tickets were released and I, along with my daughter and her boyfriend, were able to get tickets. Wow! Paul McCartney and Cirque du Soleil “Love” both in a little over 24 hours.

I will spare all the details of the show; suffice it to say that it was an emotional rollercoaster for me as I relived so many familiar songs from my childhood.

I must share two thought with you though. First, being able to stand with a crowd of people and sing songs like Drive My Car, Hey Jude, and Sgt. Pepper’s with the man that wrote them is an experience I will not forget. It will also be an experience that will be hard to best with any concert I attend from here on. Second, his tributes to my hero, John Lennon, and George Harrison were quite moving. I am happy, that after all these years, I can still shed a tear for the Eggman.

Thank you Mr. McCartney for the memories!

Another tribute to John, Give Peace A Chance

The set list...

Main Set: Drive My Car, Jet, Only Mama Knows, Flaming Pie, Let Me Roll It, Highway, Baby Face, The Long and Winding Road, My Love, Blackbird, Here Today, Dance Tonight, Calico Skies, Mrs. Vanderbilt, Eleanor Rigby, Sing the Changes, Band on the Run, Back in the USSR, Something, I've Got a Feeling, Paperback Writer, A Day in the Life, Give Peace a Chance, Let It Be, Live and Let Die, Hey Jude. 1st Encore: Can't Buy Me Love, Lady Madonna, I Saw Her Standing There. 2nd Encore: Yesterday, Helter Skelter, Get Back, Sgt. Pepper's (reprise), The End.

Tomorrow, I will share one last tribute to John.