Out There Tour 2014
Paul McCartney is a living legend. Last night (August 5, 2014) James and I went to his “Out There” Concert, in Missoula, Montana. We thought it would be fun to celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary under the “Big Sky” listening to one of the most successful songwriters of all time. After all, an opportunity to see someone of Paul McCartney’s caliber doesn’t come along that often in our neck of the woods.
The concert was held on the University of Missoula campus. Just behind the Grizzly Stadium rises “Mount Sentinel” and on the side of this mountain there is a huge letter M painted for Missoula. The community was so excited to be hosting Sir Paul that they temporarily renamed the hill “Mount McCartney” in honor of his coming!
The band gave a top-notch performance of The Beatles hit songs, plus Wings, and other enumerable McCartney tunes, to perfection. Some of my favorite songs that night were Eleanor Rigby, Maybe I’m Amazed, Let It Be, Hey Jude, Something, and The End. There was a very cool pyrotechnique display during Live and Let Die and the audience went wild for that. A rather tripy, psychedelic video was shown for the encore performance of Helter Skelter which made me feel like I was back in 1967 again.
I think what amazes people more than anything else is how good Paul looks for his age. He was born June 18, 1942, making him 72 years old to date. That’s hard to believe when you see him on stage still singing his heart out and playing some pretty mean guitar licks. He’s no slouch, that’s for sure. According to Wikipedia…
McCartney has been recognized as one of the most successful composers and performers of all time, with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million albums and 100 million singles of his work with the Beatles and as a solo artist.
Paul McCartney Pays Tribute To John Lennon
The most touching song in my opinion though, was the one Paul wrote for John Lennon called Here Today. I found a YouTube clip of him playing a rather emotional rendition of it during another live performance…
Perhaps the line where he sings: “we cried” is referring to the shared experience of both Beatles losing their mom at a young age. I remember reading that somewhere. Paul’s mother, Mary, died of a blood clot when he was fourteen. John’s mom, Julia, was killed in a car accident when he was seventeen.
Here is another interesting piece of music trivia… The Beatles song Yesterday, although copyrighted as a Lennon-McCartney tune, was actually written entirely by Paul. This song has been performed by over 2,200 artists, making it the most covered copyrighted song in history.
One thing that always impressed me about the Beatles was how down to earth they were. Fame and fortune didn’t seem to make them feel superior to others. Billionaire Paul McCartney still comes across the same way. He can make you feel like you’re one of his personal friends, even though you may be sitting among a crowd of 25,000 people.
Toward the end of the show Paul saw someone in the audience holding up a bright pink sign that said “Sign My Daughter”. He was intrigued by it and invited the two women to come on stage with him. Then he took out a black marking pen from his pocket and wrote his signature on the back of their shoulders. The crowd was simply awestruck. People were wondering if they would ever want to take another shower now that they had a million dollar signature on their skin. Guess they will have to try and have it made into a permanent tattoo or something. 😆
James and I were content to buy a couple of t-shirts for our own memorabilia. James also took over 200 photos with my iPhone, which we are planning to look at later because we got home so late last night. The concert started at 8:30 pm and ended at 11:30 pm- that’s three hours of continuous music without any breaks.
We had a wonderful time as you can probably tell. Paul is a true living legend and really puts out the energy to provide a great performance for his fans. I strongly recommend seeing him in concert if you ever have the opportunity.