Baby, I'm Amazed at the performance Paul McCartney put on at Comerica Park in Detroit Sunday night. For nearly 3 HOURS, the Beatles LEGEND entertained a huge crowd, including three generations of my family, and single-handedly held off a thunderstorm. McCartney's talent as a musician is phenomenal, and he seemed to truly enjoy the evening. How can he be 69 years old and still look as good as he does and maintain the stamina that it takes to rule the world? I got tired just watching him.
I must say that the pace of the show was perfect. Sir Paul has found a way to integrate some relevant and honest interaction with the crowd, and not lose any momentum between the 35 or so songs he and the band played. (I actually lost count!) My wife thought the show was over five separate times, but it just kept rolling. One word comes to mind: comfortable. It was the most comfortable I have ever been at at rock concert and I give Macca credit for this unique experience.
As far as the kids go, overall they enjoyed it. The familiarity of the venue certainly helped. My 13 year old, who rarely shows great emotion, smiled and told me he loved it. The spectacle of the stage, the pyro, and the fantastic video displays banking the sides of the stage sucked him in. I was 15 when live music took a stranglehold on me, we'll see if it does the same for him over the next few years. The Beatles Rockband has strangely and wonderfully provided musical education in our house, and my daughter sang along with the familiar old hits. Especially Paperback Writer, Drive My Car, All My Loving, and Back in The U.S.S.R. Funny though, after a ripping version of Band On The Run, a song she had never heard before, she asked if the chorus (Band On The Run, Band On The Run) was "Red Rubber Duck, Red Rubber Duck." So much for the clarity of the vocals!
Even the hard hitting Helter Skelter couldn't wake him. Oh well, it was past his bedtime. Sorry Paul, don't take it personally.
Congratulations, Paul McCartney. What a show! I never stopped smiling. Nothing offensive, no obscene gestures, and no cursing. The first F-Bomb came on the way to the car, courtesy of one of Detroit's finest panhandlers. Thanks, buddy. Of course there were a few concertgoers that overindulged in alcohol, but I felt perfectly safe and secure having my family at this show. Comfortable.
It was a privilege and an honor to witness one of the most famous people on the planet, performing at such a high level of professionalism. McCartney could blow any other act off the stage, regardless of age. WOW.
What an inspiration. Maybe I've spoiled my kids...this one will be tough to beat.
And as far as this die-hard Rolling Stones fan goes...I publicly admit that Paul McCartney won me over last night. It only took about 4 songs into the set when Jet took off and grabbed me. A few guitar changes later, an excellent Jimi Hendrix solo clinched it. Well done.
Kurt Schwarz is a happily married man with three awesome children, living and working in Oakland County, MI. His mid-life crisis brought weight-loss, sobriety, and the constant pursuit of happiness by pretending to be a rock star. Now in his late LATE forties, he has decided to become a better person by improving every aspect of his life.
He blogs about Family, Fatherhood, and Fantastic Music Topics.
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