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I took copious notes and will work up a longer post maybe tonight. For now, suffice it to say that everything you've heard is true – Paul is one of the most amazing performers I've ever seen, if not the most. The day was long but the night was over far too quickly. I got up insanely early and it paid off – for my very first, possibly only Paul McCartney concert, I got front row! Off to the extreme side but, still front row!

I was wondering what special treat San Francisco would get, and Paul didn't disappoint. He performed "Yesterday" with the Kronos Quartet. I got hear that song with actual strings.

More later. It still feels like a dream. I may have cried at least twice.

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11 August 2013
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Wow, front row! Glad to hear you had a fantastic time! :D

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11 August 2013
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Thanks, Emily! Hope to have a chance to do my write-up tomorrow, as I got called in to work just as I got home.

Just want to post that someone told me that Outside Lands will stream an hour of Paul's set at 7pm PST tonight.

Oh, and Stevie Wonder was on my flight home. :-D A perfect ending to a perfect weekend.

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12 August 2013
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So parlance, what do you think of that discussion from another topic, about whether Paul's voice is quite what it used to be?  What was your impression of his singing ability from the concert, and does it compare favorably with his past?

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Funny Paper said
So parlance, what do you think of that discussion from another topic, about whether Paul's voice is quite what it used to be?  What was your impression of his singing ability from the concert, and does it compare favorably with his past?

Well, I don't think it's fair to compare favorably to the past. He's older. Voices deteriorate. But as I said over there, he's still in fine voice, and sounding better than the performances from last year. There were certain notes he hit that I was incredibly impressed by – not only the fact he hit them, but that the tone and quality sounded very much like a younger Paul.

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12 August 2013
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parlance said

Funny Paper said
So parlance, what do you think of that discussion from another topic, about whether Paul's voice is quite what it used to be?  What was your impression of his singing ability from the concert, and does it compare favorably with his past?

Well, I don't think it's fair to compare favorably to the past. He's older. Voices deteriorate. But as I said over there, he's still in fine voice, and sounding better than the performances from last year. There were certain notes he hit that I was incredibly impressed by – not only the fact he hit them, but that the tone and quality sounded very much like a younger Paul.

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parlance said

Funny Paper said
So parlance, what do you think of that discussion from another topic, about whether Paul's voice is quite what it used to be?  What was your impression of his singing ability from the concert, and does it compare favorably with his past?

Well, I don't think it's fair to compare favorably to the past. He's older. Voices deteriorate. But as I said over there, he's still in fine voice, and sounding better than the performances from last year. There were certain notes he hit that I was incredibly impressed by – not only the fact he hit them, but that the tone and quality sounded very much like a younger Paul.

parlance

I agree, I found him in fine voice a month ago…he sounds older but he doesn't sound old, if that makes sense?

Looking forward to reading your recap of the show, and I'm glad you enjoyed it!! :D

 

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Thanks parlance, LHL and DrBeatle for your input.  Good to hear about Paul, parlance.

LHL, there seems to be an interesting (but annoying) phenomenon about these Paul concerts: people who attend in person rave about his voice -- thus you and that Seattle reviewer someone linked a few days ago (Timothy Egan) both say that he sang "Long Tall Sally" perfectly.  However, when I saw the video, it seemed like it wasn't as good as I've seen him do in the past (I mean it was phenomenal, but still not as good as before).  That makes me think that something tangible is lost in the translation to video, which is too bad.

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Funny Paper said
Thanks parlance, LHL and DrBeatle for your input.  Good to hear about Paul, parlance.

LHL, there seems to be an interesting (but annoying) phenomenon about these Paul concerts: people who attend in person rave about his voice -- thus you and that Seattle reviewer someone linked a few days ago (Timothy Egan) both say that he sang "Long Tall Sally" perfectly.  However, when I saw the video, it seemed like it wasn't as good as I've seen him do in the past (I mean it was phenomenal, but still not as good as before).  That makes me think that something tangible is lost in the translation to video, which is too bad.

 

You're welcome. I agree that something's getting lost in the translation (though much of that has to do with bad audio equipment, and it's no wonder most artists forbid video recording). Friday night's performances of "Magical Mystery Tour" and the verses in "Live and Let Die" don't sound nearly as brilliant on video as they did in person. On the other hand, some songs like "Yesterday" hold up.

You know, there is warbling, that can't be avoided at his age with all the smoking he's done. But overall, I can't imagine anyone who's seen him in person walking away disappointed.

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parlance said

Funny Paper said
Thanks parlance, LHL and DrBeatle for your input.  Good to hear about Paul, parlance.

LHL, there seems to be an interesting (but annoying) phenomenon about these Paul concerts: people who attend in person rave about his voice -- thus you and that Seattle reviewer someone linked a few days ago (Timothy Egan) both say that he sang "Long Tall Sally" perfectly.  However, when I saw the video, it seemed like it wasn't as good as I've seen him do in the past (I mean it was phenomenal, but still not as good as before).  That makes me think that something tangible is lost in the translation to video, which is too bad.

 

You're welcome. I agree that something's getting lost in the translation (though much of that has to do with bad audio equipment, and it's no wonder most artists forbid video recording). Friday night's performances of "Magical Mystery Tour" and the verses in "Live and Let Die" don't sound nearly as brilliant on video as they did in person. On the other hand, some songs like "Yesterday" hold up.

You know, there is warbling, that can't be avoided at his age with all the smoking he's done. But overall, I can't imagine anyone who's seen him in person walking away disappointed.

parlance

 

Especially when he's in his 70s and still putting on shows close to or exceeding 3 hours. That's just superhuman.

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12 August 2013
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Ive never seen a bad Paul review either from fans or critics – which is some testimony to how good the shows are.

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13 August 2013
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meanmistermustard said
Ive never seen a bad Paul review either from fans or critics – which is some testimony to how good the shows are.

I agree. apple01

Taking longer to get this write-up done than I'd hoped, so in the meantime, here are my photos of James and Paul.

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13 August 2013
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With all due respect, truisms like "at 71 years old, it's amazing what he's doing" and "the performances were amazing" etc. don't actually directly speak to the simple logic of the question, Is Paul singing as good as he used to sing?  None of those other extraneous points are necessarily relevant to this question's simple answer.

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No, he's obviously not singing as good at 71 as he did at 21 or 31 or 41 or 51 or even 61. But he still sounds DAMN good.

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Loved your pictures, Parlance!  Can't wait to read your review also :)   I am off at 7 am tomorrow morning on my road trip to Regina to see that amazing man, Paul :)   7 hours on the road…can't wait.  Wonder if I'll sleep tonight?!  hearta-hard-days-night-paul-5heart

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HeyTrud said
Loved your pictures, Parlance!  Can't wait to read your review also :)  

Thank you!

I am off at 7 am tomorrow morning on my road trip to Regina to see that amazing man, Paul :)   7 hours on the road…can't wait.  Wonder if I'll sleep tonight?!  hearta-hard-days-night-paul-5heart

If you're like me, no. ;-D Have a safe trip and a wonderful time! Can't wait to see your report too!

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No, he's obviously not singing as good at 71 as he did at 21 or 31 or 41 or 51 or even 61. But he still sounds DAMN good.

Well said!  a-hard-days-night-paul-8

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HeyTrud said
Loved your pictures, Parlance!  Can't wait to read your review also :)   I am off at 7 am tomorrow morning on my road trip to Regina to see that amazing man, Paul :)   7 hours on the road…can't wait.  Wonder if I'll sleep tonight?!  hearta-hard-days-night-paul-5heart

So exciting Trud!!!  Have a wonderful time, I know you will!!  heartheartheart

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I forgot to ask:
Did anybody make/is going to make posters in the hope of getting Paul's attention and being called onstage?
If he does a Dublin date, I'll definitely make one! :D

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AppleScruffJunior said
I forgot to ask:
Did anybody make/is going to make posters in the hope of getting Paul's attention and being called onstage?
If he does a Dublin date, I'll definitely make one! :D

Yes! Yes, you should. In SF, he brought up two women who asked for him to sign their wrists so they could get tattoos (you'll see a bit of that from my pics).

Make sure the writing is big. And if he does a GA show, just get right up there to front row so he can see you and security can just grab you. :->

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