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Paul McCartney at Target Field

3 Aug

You guys, Paul McCartney is kind of magical.

I mean, he’s a Beatle, and the Beatles are, in the words of Chuck Klosterman, a “perfectly rated” band. We all generally agree that they made some of the greatest popular music ever, and that consensus is true. He could, at age 72, approach touring with a laissez-faire kind of attitude, and we’d probably say, “Wow, it was great just to be able to see him before he kicked off.” He could, we would, but he doesn’t, so we don’t have to.

Instead we get almost 3 hours of nonstop action, from the Beatles songs that are scratched into our souls to Wings hits to new stuff that pops. We get eye-jiggling, gleefully-giggling, hip-wiggling wonder and joy. We get energy, anecdotes and fireworks. McCartney doesn’t put on an impressive show for a 72 year-old, he puts on an impressive show, full stop. I’d say young bands should learn from him, but they also don’t have a 50 year catalog of hits to pull from, so that’s probably not fair. McCartney is out of this world great.

Saturday night at Target Field, it was all on display, from the classics of “All My Lovin’,” “Day Tripper” and “Yesterday,” to the heart-breakingly beautiful takes of “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Blackbird,” “Eleanor Rigby” and “Let It Be” to the full-throttle, pyromaniac heaviness of “Live and Let Die,” “Back in the USSR” and “Helter Skelter” to the crowd singalongs of “Band on the Run,” “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” and “Hey Jude.” The new tracks, off the aptly titled New, like “Save Us,” Queenie” and “New” held up as well, bouncing along with Macca’s verve and glee.

At some point into the second encore (there would be threeAfter seeing the setlist, there were only 2 encores. “Only.”) I thought to myself, “This has to end sometime, but I really hope it doesn’t.” I would have been happy for Paul to just sit down and start jamming out on new tracks if he’d wanted. But the night did have to end, and when it did, the phenomenal band closed out with “Golden Slumbers,” a song with perhaps the perfect coda to a concert so full of generous spirit and creative energy – “The love you take is equal to the love you make.” We got so much, and gave it right back. Let’s do it again soon.


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