Paul McCartney - The Masters Circle

Paul McCartney - The Masters Circle

Paul McCartney July 18, 2011 Dear Doctor: When I heard that Paul McCartney was planning a concert in Yankee Stadium, I knew I had to attend – the Beat...

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Paul McCartney July 18, 2011 Dear Doctor: When I heard that Paul McCartney was planning a concert in Yankee Stadium, I knew I had to attend – the Beatles visiting the Yankees, that is my idea of a good time. I conspired with Regina to make the tickets my birthday present (after forty years together you can get away with stuff like that), and on Friday night, we joined fifty thousand screaming fans for a splendid showcase, celebrating the highlights of a Hall Of Fame career spanning five decades. The quintessential crowd-pleaser, Sir Paul and his first-rate band provided an eclectic blend of Beatle classics, Wings hits, and more contemporary songs, too, as he has recorded new material consistently, much of which measures up against his best compositions. He is a rare talent who continues to evolve, improving with age like the finest Bordeaux. Opening with “Hello Goodbye,” he took us on a magical mystery tour through fifty years of musical history, with early Beatles tunes like “All My Loving” and “The Night Before” (claiming it was the first time he ever played it live) through bold period pieces like “Drive My Car” and “Paperback Writer,” post-Beatles favorite “Maybe I’m Amazed” into rollicking versions of “Jet” and “Band On The Run,” joyful sing-a-longs on “Obladi-Oblada” and “Back In The USSR,” and not one but two encores, featuring “Get Back,” “Helter Skelter” and “Golden Slumbers,” finishing up, of course, with “The End.” McCartney played his signature left-handed Hofner violin-shaped bass guitar, demonstrating his versatility by also playing electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, ukulele, and keyboards. At 69 and fit as a fiddle, he hasn’t lost a step, delivering almost three hours of high energy rock and roll fun. And the songs – few have the command of McCaw, sitting at the piano, playing masterpieces like “Let It Be,” “Hey Jude,” and “The Long and Winding Road,” songs that really mean something to us. And picking up an acoustic guitar to play “Blackbird,” or “I’ve Just Seen A Face,” or “Yesterday,” or “I Will” -- think about how many indelible imprints this virtuoso has left on how many people, and realize his scope of influence. The Guinness Book names him the most successful popular songwriter of all time. His heartfelt and sensitive tribute to George Harrison was “Something,” and he expressed remorse at not being able to reconcile with John Lennon before his death, singing “A Day In The Life” and “Give Peace A Chance,” and an especially poignant rendition of his farewell song to John, “Here Today.” It was an evening of creative genius, superbly articulated. Besides the inspired arrangements and performances of some of the best-written songs ever, he was extremely engaging, a wonderful showman, even joking with the New York crowd, “Who’s this Derek Jeter guy? I hear he has more hits than I do.” Family man, thirty year vegetarian, activist for anti-violence causes, this kind and cultured gentleman emerged from among the guttersnipes of Liverpool to be knighted, using his power to enjoy his life and to serve the greater good. His prolific half century in music has produced a legacy of songs that both entertain and help us to understand our lives and ourselves a little bit better. Class, character, creativity, compassion and commitment – it’s a potent combination that Paul McCartney exemplifies. Dennis Perman DC, for The Masters Circle PS “Reclaim Your Edge” at SuperConference in Orlando, Sept 15-17 – great speakers, great vibes, rekindle your passion! Dan Murphy, Patrick Gentempo, Billy DeMoss, Gerry Clum, Tedd Koren and so much more -- for info or to register, please call 800-451-4514, or go to www.themasterscircle.com.