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An American tour in 2017- WHY?
27 July 2017
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Maybe he needs the money. He does have to pay for child support.

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Yeah, I agree with @AppleScruffJunior, WHY? He should be playing a European tour, then a Canadian one. a-hard-days-night-george-10

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29 January 2018
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Why?  I think that just everyone agrees here that he simply loves to perform for an audience...

 

Why not?  Well...  I think he runs the risk of being lumped into the same bin as The Rolling Stones, who also still love to perform live, but probably should've hung it up a long time ago...  I've passed on opportunities to go see him live in recent years for the same reasons that I've passed on seeing The Stones...  Straight up, I don't think that either of them sound all that great live anymore, and that's what draws me to a concert...  the music, not the spectacle...  I've never been a fan of any of Paul's backing bands, including the various editions of Wings, and this group that he's been touring with for some time now has to be one of the worst...  He's always employed the flashier drummers and the current one (his name eludes me) is way too busy for Beatles' music, in my opinion...  I've seen tribute bands recreating The Beatles' sound in far more impressive fashion than this lineup...  but, they're all having a good time and so is the crowd so, yeah, "why not?"...

 

All of this is amplified by the rapid deterioration of Paul's once wonderful singing voice...  While I still hear flashes of brilliance here and there, the stumbling about inevitably brought on by age is becoming more and more apparent...  Paul's vocals back in the 1990's were considerably smoother than they are now, but even then some of his performances were just horrid, as evidenced by the 'Tripping The Live Fantastic ' album released back then...  'Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band' & 'Birthday ' are two that I distinctly remember cringing to, or how about the chorus in 'Got To Get You Into My Life '?!  Utterly Dreadful...  I lost any desire to see Paul live after hearing that album, he and his band were just murdering the songbook and that was what, 25 years ago?  He really should, at the very least, drop some of these songs for good to avoid further embarrassment...  especially 'Helter Skelter '...

 

There's also the fact that he's repeating himself...  The two opportunities that I had to see him live were in 2012 & 2016 at Vancouver, B.C., the 2012 show was his first performance in Vancouver since The Beatles had played there in 1964...  Upon viewing the setlists for both these shows 4 years apart, what sticks out for me is how many of the same songs were chosen...  OK, maybe he can't get away with dropping 'Hey Jude ' from the set, but how about 'My Valentine ' for starters...  Ringo atleast can use the excuse of a limited catalogue to draw from, but Paul McCartney ?

 

I'd like to see Paul & Ringo both drop their respective bands and hit the reset button here...  Check out their performance together for that Meditation Benefit, or whatever it was in New York a number of years back...  You can see the magic happen before your very eyes as soon as Ringo joins Paul onstage for 'With A Little Help From My Friends '...  Paul gets to take a step back and play one that he doesn't often play, as it's reserved for Billy Shears only (and he gets to rest his voice momentarily)...  Paul later even pulls 'Cosmically Conscious' from the archives, instead of the predictable standard, and it's one of Paul's better live performances in "recent" memory, Ringo appears very into it...  What I'm saying here is, I think that the two of them should do one last tour together (maybe even just a few shows) on a smaller scale...  Perhaps even revive the 'Beatlefest' happenings from the 70s where it becomes a weekend event culminating in a special performance by Sirs Paul McCartney & Richard Starkey M.B.E. in select cities around the world...:-) 

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Having seen/heard him from this tour, I wonder why he's making a fool of himself.  His voice is totally shot!  It's sad and pathetic, really.  I'd prefer to remember him singing well.  It's like the prize fighter who doesn't know when to hang up his gloves.

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Emmett said
Having seen/heard him from this tour, I wonder why he's making a fool of himself.  His voice is totally shot!  It's sad and pathetic, really.  I'd prefer to remember him singing well.  It's like the prize fighter who doesn't know when to hang up his gloves.  

You can hear his age in his voice but he still performs well and I wouldn't say he is making a fool of himself. His tours make a lot of money and he plays to a lot of people. I would say it is the opposite of sad and pathetic. 

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There are thousands of hundreds of thousands of people who still want to see him play. Paul singing and touring ages 76 is doing to his legacy no harm and he is enjoying it still so why not.

I don't think his voice is anywhere near as good as it was even 10 years ago but it doesn't bother me in the slightest he continues to play.  

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Here's hoping for a 2018 tour! Sing to us, Macca!

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I think it's sad that some people think he should stop performing just because they don't appreciate his shows. It doesn't even make sense to want him to stop touring if you don't like his concerts, because if you don't like them you shouldn't even be going, so him continuing has no impact on your life. It's super obvious that Paul loves touring for his fans, and there are so many fans who also love the experience. Paul shouldn't be put down for doing something that brings him and so many of his fans joy. People get old and their voices change. He doesn't have to stop following his vocation just because he has aged and can't sing as well as he did when he was young. 

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31 May 2018
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Why? I think it's pretty much agreed that when the Beatles broke up they went out brilliantly on a high note. Why wouldn't people want the same for Paul (or Ringo)? He keeps going because it's almost an addiction in itself - he just can't stop. The emotional attachment to the Beatles/Paul is so massive that people just can't let him go. One day he will falter and there will be much beying for his blood. People can be brutal, believe me. I think it is cruel to potentially set him up for this. So what if hundreds of thousands have never seen him perform live. Neither did hundreds of thousands (millions in fact) get to see the Beatles perform in the sixties. The Beatles have left a wealth of fabulous music, recorded on many various formats, thousands of images, still and moving, for people to pore over, and countless words written about them to devour. What more do people want from Paul McCartney ?

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Saltie said
Why? I think it's pretty much agreed that when the Beatles broke up they went out brilliantly on a high note. Why wouldn't people want the same for Paul (or Ringo)? He keeps going because it's almost an addiction in itself - he just can't stop. The emotional attachment to the Beatles/Paul is so massive that people just can't let him go. One day he will falter and there will be much beying for his blood. People can be brutal, believe me. I think it is cruel to potentially set him up for this. So what if hundreds of thousands have never seen him perform live. Neither did hundreds of thousands (millions in fact) get to see the Beatles perform in the sixties. The Beatles have left a wealth of fabulous music, recorded on many various formats, thousands of images, still and moving, for people to pore over, and countless words written about them to devour. What more do people want from Paul McCartney ?  

I can understand what Saltie is saying, but my philosophy for aging performers is "why not?".  It really hit home for me when I saw a YouTube of Little Richard at what must have been his last performance.  He could barely play the piano and he sang even less ably.  But there he was, doing it anyway.  I thought, "good for you!"  A close cousin of "why not?" with reference to those who would criticize a Paul finally past his prime, is "did we ask you?"

Back in the 90s, I created a faux newspaper clipping (without a computer -- I used those ancient devices known as newspapers, an electric typewriter, and a Xerox machine) of the New York Times in the future (in the year 2067) with the headline, "McCartney Still Rocking at 125".  I'm now not so sure that's purely a fantastic premise...

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