Saturday, July 20, 2013

Paul McCartney Plays Safeco

It was the concert of a lifetime.  It was a dream come true and even better, it was on my birthday.  5 years ago, Ringo Starr at St Michelle Winery, it was the first time that I had seen a Beatle live in concert, that by coincidence was also on my birthday and while Ringo was wonderful, last night's McCartney concert was off the charts. 
Recently turned 71, McCartney played everything from new releases, Wings songs, Beatles song from during and after the mop top period, He did a touching version of "Blackbird" speaking of how he had written it after reading about and observing civil rights tension in the South during the 60s. He paid tribute to departed band mates John Lennon and George Harrison as well as his late wife, Linda.  His tribute to wife Nancy "My Valentine"  was beautiful and moving. He did one of my old favorite, "Live And Let Die" , a theme from the James Bond movie with the same name with special effects and fireworks.
It was the first rock concert in Safeco, which Paul recognized.  He stopped for a moment "to drink it in"  He also did a tribute to Seattle native Jimi Hendrix and keeping his Seattle theme, invited surviving Nirvana members to join him on stage to perform with him during his encore.
The top 2 pictures were taken from Seattle Times site as our cells ran out of batteries.  In addition, it was much clearer than what we would have been able to take. I scanned my ticket this morning. We were on the floor, 8 rows up to the left of the stage. 

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