Miscellaneous Rumbles

Just got home from a Paul McCartney gig

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And still buzzing. What a show! Paul is not the greatest showman, but when you have a back catalogue like his I guess you don't need to be.

To be brief, highlights were: A Day In The Life (!), Maybe I'm Amazed, Helter Skelter, Let Me Roll It (always one of my favourite McCartneys), Can't Buy Me Love, 1985, Something, and the medley from Abbey Road which has She Came In Through The Bathroom Window, Carry That Weight and ends in The End.

And what a band. Some of the most gorgeous guitar sounds I have ever heard at a gig. Rusty Anderson played lots of guitars, but most of the night he used an old Danelectro and a 335. He also used a Casino (or 330), a Trini Lopez, a Duesenberg, a Tele, an SG,... All through a pair of Morgan amps.

Brian Ray played a Precision, SG, SG Jnr and a beautiful Gretsch Anniversary (I think) - the yellow one. His Gretsch gets some classic fat Gretsch sounds and he used Divided by 13 amps. And Abe Laboriel is such a great, passionate drummer. His drums on A Day In The Life were faithful to Ringo but he managed to give the parts his own touch - not easy on such a tune, where the drums are so perfect.

So we had a Scots pipe band come onstage for Mull Of Kintyre, we had a marriage proposal onstage, and plenty of pyrotechnics in Live and Let Die. But best of all we had Paul McCartney, a true living legend who at 75 years old can out-rock most players. I really felt we were in the presence of genius. Wonderful, wonderful experience.

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Magical Mystery tour was released 50 years ago last week. So all these years later .. he is still going. Had the same band for 15 years. And thanks for the gear rundown. I heard hear years ago the Paul himself has bass thru some monster custom built Mesa head... 400 watts or something crazy like that -- and a spare, just in case.

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When I was kid, it was sort of "either you liked the Beatles, or you liked the Stones." I didn't really start to listen to the Beatles in earnest until I joined a cover band in my late twenties that did some Beatles stuff and I had to learn the "George" parts. The more I listened, the more I liked Beatles music. Paul has got one of the best ears for a catchy melody ever (probably an obvious thing to say, I know). And George was Carl Perkins fan, too.

Anyway, congrats on what sounds like a great show. I would have liked to have been there!

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we had a Scots pipe band come onstage for Mull Of Kintyre,

Now that sounds interesting. The rest seems to be what Paul has been doing for the past 25 years. I saw it once, no need to see it again. But "Mull Of Kintyre" with a full pipe band? I wish I were there for that.

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Maybe it's semantics or terminology but Sir Paul played a gig, you went to a concert.

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Paul has amazing audience control. Just looking at a certain section gets a response. He has always put on a great show.

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I took my sister to a Paul McCartney gig. It was her first one...sort of.

She had seen the Beatles twice.

The thing about the McCarntney experience I found incredible was how all these folks(70,000 fans at Vet Stadium in Philly) instantly were teleported back to 1964, when they were 12 year olds, and got to experience Beatlemania for the first time.

My sister, screaming the whole time, like a rabid school girl, right along with everyone else her age.

Kids and first timers were there doing it too, but, it seemed, the Beatle vets led the initial charge, and all of us followed. It was cathartic, joyus and wonderful.

Except for Ebony & Ivory. Pee brake song.

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Being an old geezer, I had the pleasure of seeing the Beatles twice live. Damn, they were so much better in person than on the records, though their stage patter was nothing to write home about. The re-release of The Beatles Live At The Hollywood Bowl captures the experience pretty much perfectly and I heartily recommend it.

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Great review! I was fortunate to see Paul and his stellar band at Dodger Stadium a couple of years ago. I felt just like you did.

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Ewkewk said, “The re-release of The Beatles Live At The Hollywood Bowl captures the experience pretty much perfectly and I heartily recommend it.”

Can you hear me?!! My sister and I were sitting in section J, just over on the left. It was utter chaos, but we heard them. I’m most definitely pretty sure that we heard them.It was an amazing experience.

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Ewkewk said, “The re-release of The Beatles Live At The Hollywood Bowl captures the experience pretty much perfectly and I heartily recommend it.”

Can you hear me?!! My sister and I were sitting in section J, just over on the left. It was utter chaos, but we heard them. I’m most definitely pretty sure that we heard them.It was an amazing experience.

– Deed Eddy

I received that one as a gift which was great as I would've been disappointed had I paid for it. The band is much clearer than the vinyl version, but the screaming still sounds like a 747 or two.

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The Beatles said that the screaming was one of the main reasons that they stopped touring. Hard to play if you can't hear yourself. This was in the days before monitors and modern PAs.

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Seen Paul live three times. Best concerts I ever saw/heard. Awesome when the band takes a break and he doesn't. I think he was at his best when I saw him in 2001 or 2002, but he still rocked in 2013.

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Did he play any of his new tunes from the upcoming album? Love Paul! Named my daughter after him.... not Paul. McCartney!

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Actually he did play some new songs. He even played the very latest song they have recorded. After playing the first song he ever recorded with the Quarrymen, before John was on the scene. All of the songs he played sounded great. No Ebony and Ivory thank goodness. The only groan was for Obladi Oblada. And I don't care if I misspelled that!

Paul did mention about the PAs too - got all the women to scream like the old days. And told a story about going to Charing Cross Road in London with John to look at all the guitars, hopping in a cab with Jagger and Richards and them all being excited from getting record deals. So he took great delight in pointing out that it he and John who wrote the Stones first number 1 single in the UK, I Wanna Be Your Man. And he played it too.

For bass Paul did indeed have some monster Mesa cabs onstage. Couldn't see the amps. Amazing to watch him playing some very complex runs while singing his heart out. The bass sound changed dramatically when Brian played his Precision. I was impressed with the bass sounds and the clarity.

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The Quarrymen before John was on the scene?! The Q-men was Lennon's band. Paul was added because he knew all the words to Twenty-Flight Rock. There was no Q-men before John.

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In Spite of All the Danger...I believe that would be The Quarryman tune. First time back to Australia in nearly 25 years, that must be thrilling for all Paul’s fans.

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Hey Strummerson - I thought that too, but he didn't mention John in the chat. My mistake.

And yup, Deed - it was In Spite Of All The Danger. He got the crowd to sing the "oh-oh-oh-oh" kinda bit which has a lovely melody to it. You would have loved it.

One thing I forgot to mention - it was perfect weather for a huge outdoor concert. We wore T-shirt and jeans and never needed to wear our jackets. It was a beautiful perfectly clear night with a huge moon. Even Paul paused at one point to take it all in. This was just before they came on.

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This was half-way through Live and Let Die:

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Saw him in Melbourne last night. Stunning show. I really can’t add anymore to what JimmyR said. 40 odd songs in three hours. My highlight was Helter Skelter, he can still rock it when he wants to.

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It's a few days now and I'm still soaking it in. Sometimes it takes a while to absorb something as wonderful as this. I agree re Helter Skelter - just wow.


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