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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Paul McCartney at the Nassau Coliseum

Paul McCartney ended his three-hour concert at the Nassau Coliseum tonight with "the love you take is equal to the love you make".  I can't think of any single songwriter, singer, or musician who has brought more love to the world with his or her music in the past half century.

And McCartney continued do to that tonight.  Here were some of the highlights, for me -

  • "Let Me Roll It" - this of course is a Wings not a Beatles song, and it's a measure of how good Wings were, though usually no Beatles, that this song still sounds so good.  In fact it's one of McCartney's very best songs, Beatles included.  This song came early in the concert, and signaled how alive McCartney and his music still is.  The four members of his band were fabulous, too.  So was "Band on the Run," later in the concert, another great Wings song, performed with power and verve, just as it should be.
  • "A Day in the Life," segueing into ... "Give Peace a Chance"!  Not only that, but McCartney said as an intro to the song that it was especially appropriate to "New York".  A quiet shot against Trump?  I hope so, but I loved the composite anyway.
  • McCartney did the Lennon part of "A Day in the Life" with sensitivity and excellence.  One of the high points of the concert - which brought tears to my eyes, in fact - was McCartney's "Here Now," written, he said, after John's death, and embodying the feelings McCartney wishes he had conveyed to John when he was alive.
  • McCartney's rendition of "Something" was likewise wonderful, starting off with just Paul on the ukulele and expanded to a whole Beatles-like performance with the band.
  • "Back in the U. S. S. R.," "Live and Let Die," "I've Just Seen a Face," "You Won't See Me," "Let It Be," were also especially outstanding - but, then again, so was just about everything in this concert.
I'll end by mentioning again how great the backing band was - two guitarists, a drummer, and a keyboard guy, who sang as good as they played their instruments, which was tour-de-force indeed.

Tina and I had a wonderful time. We were on our feet almost the whole concert, singing, clapping, swinging with the packed house.  We met just a few months after Sgt. Pepper was released.  How sweet and magical it was to enjoy this tonight, some fifty years later.

In the aftermath of this concert, I'll especially miss the Beatles.  On the other hand, there's always the Beatles Channel on Sirius XM Radio, where the Beatles and their offspring are playing every minute.

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