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I've seen McCartney every time he's toured around New York.

And every time I've left the concert thinking the same thing: "This was possibly the best concert I've ever seen - he's now getting old - I don't want to ever see an old McCartney embarrass himself (as he routinely does during short TV/Olympic stints) - there's no need for me to ever see him play live again." I first thought that during the Flowers In The Dirt tour when he was, what, 50?

And every time I've been wrong. My wife has always found a reason for us to go, and every time the concerts have been remarkable.

This last concert in NY was no exception.

I think he looks older than his years, but he sounds a helluva lot younger than his years!

He also played a raft of songs he'd never played in the NY area, so for me they sounded fresh.

For once, he played a pure Lennon song in its entirety (he's done bits of Give Peace A Chance): BFTBO Mr. Kite. That blew me out of my chair, but so did Lovely Rita and Your Mother Should Know - 2 "granny" songs that sounded terrific when played loud and crisp.

(the bass sounded great on Mr Kite).

Other surprises were Another Day, 1985,  and Listen to What the Man Said, all of which were puuuh-fect (1985 in particular).

He's done Hey Jude of course at every concert, and sometimes that can verge on boring. But the crowd was really into it, and I got a kick out of seeing the celebs (Jerry Seinfeld, Jimmy Fallon, Martin Scorsese and Little Stevie from the E Street Band a few rows below us) bopping to na na-na na-na-na-na!

But at 71, he's getting old.

I'm definitely not seeing him the next time around.

 

 

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