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Seeing Paul In Concert
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27 February 2013
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Ron Nasty
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I've seen him a few times over the years. I talk about my favourite time in the following thread. Mine isn't the only tale of seeing Paul there.

http://www.beatlesbible.com/fo.....e-been-to/

Hhhmmmm... Should imagine LongHairedLady might have a thought or two to offer on this subject.

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I saw Paul McCartney and Wings just when Wings had just formed, June 10, 1976, at the Seattle "Kingdome" (a giant sports stadium newly built, just months before in March of 1976).   Me and my friend stood about 20 yards from the stage, pretty much in front, off to the side in line with Paul's piano, where occasionally he would sit to play, with his left profile facing the audience.  I don't remember standing on turf.  I think it was just a floor, and yet it was the football field.

That American tour of Paul's was probably his first lavish pyrotechnic "big show" style concert, with screens showing what we now call "videos" (showing Marvel comics figures during "Magneto and Titanium Man" for example), as well as fireworks, etc.

Edit:  I see that Wikipedia says that Wings formed in 1971.  I always thought it was later than that...

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Funny Paper said
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Paul McCartney and Wings just when Wings had just formed, June 10, 1976, at the Seattle "Kingdome" (a giant sports stadium newly built, just months before in March of 1976).   Me and my friend stood about 20 yards from the stage, pretty much in front, off to the side in line with Paul's piano, where occasionally he would sit to play, with his left profile facing the audience.  I don't remember standing on turf.  I think it was just a floor, and yet it was the football field.

That American tour of Paul's was probably his first lavish pyrotechnic "big show" style concert, with screens showing what we now call "videos" (showing Marvel comics figures during "Magneto and Titanium Man" for example), as well as fireworks, etc.

Edit:  I see that Wikipedia says that Wings formed in 1971.  I always thought it was later than that...

Yeah, he formed Wings shortly after making Ram, keeping Denny Seiwell as the drummer.  Wild Life came out in December of 1971.  

Also, that's awesome that you saw them that close.  a-hard-days-night-paul-8 I can imagine that concerts were a different experience back then.  

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

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Funny Paper said

I saw Paul McCartney and Wings just when Wings had just formed, June 10, 1976, at the Seattle "Kingdome" (a giant sports stadium newly built, just months before in March of 1976).   Me and my friend stood about 20 yards from the stage, pretty much in front, off to the side in line with Paul's piano, where occasionally he would sit to play, with his left profile facing the audience.  I don't remember standing on turf.  I think it was just a floor, and yet it was the football field.

Wow, you old! a-hard-days-night-george-10 And lucky - that was one of the concerts filmed for "Rockshow"! Wings (and, uh, the Beatles) were HUGE that summer - I can remember "Silly Love Songs", "Let 'em In" and the newly-released-as-a-single "Got To Get You Into My Life" being all over the radio. (Which obviously means that I'm pretty old myself!)

xpost - Hi, Heytrud! Always nice to have another Canadian.

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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Funny Paper said, "At one point, he was looking at a table of promotional t-shirts for his tour, and one caught his eye.  It said "McCartney:  Glasgow, England".  With a mischievous glint in his eye, he picked up the t-shirt and in perfect Scottish brogue, said something like "Can you imagine what they're gonna say about this 'England' in Glasgow…?""

I remember that too.

I think it was from the Flowers In The Dirt tour.

The first time I saw PM in concert was on that tour. Like everyone else here, I was super excited and had to keep reminding myself that I was no longer a teenager - and had to at least look like it was no big deal. But his previous concert in New York had been the Wings Over America tour that Funny Paper talks about above in around 75'-'76. So we're talking 13-14 years or so between concert tours!!!

The excitement broke when he opened with "Figure of Eight" - one of my least favorite songs on Flowers In The Dirt. (It's grown on me since - a little)

However, I jumped out of my seat (as did everyone around me) when he broke into "Sgt Pepper's LHCB." That was a big deal because

a) It was a Beatle song. That was a big deal in and of itself because as of that point he'd still been distancing himself from the Beatles. (He did play a couple of Beatle songs on Wings Over America)

b) This was a song that had never been performed live

c) Following Sgt Pepper there was a long guitar solo which segued into the "Sgt Pepper (Reprise)." A clever twist!

He then opened up the Beatle floodgates. A highlight was "Things We Said Today" with a fabulous Pink Floyd-ish guitar solo ending. I DEFINITELY recommend it if you've never heard it. [You can find the whole concert on the Tripping The Live Fantastic CD - but the double album, not the condensed single-CD version is the album to get a hold of.]

 

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I just watched Rockshow for the first time, bluray edition - and wow - did it bring back memories.  The only time I have seen a Beatle live was on the late 1975 tour in Brisbane.

Here is the setlist:   http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/.....7a046.html

It is very close to the one in Rockshow except Speed of Sound was not out yet so we didn't get those 4 songs; but we did get Little Woman Love, C Moon and Junior's Farm - I think we got the better deal on that :)

I remember sitting outside Festival Hall hours before the show and the band were rehearsing Letting Go inside - the sound was washing out into the street so it is always the song I associate with the experience.

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