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    I'm finally getting a chance to go see Paul in concert tonight in Houston at Minute Maid Park. I suspect the stadium will be open since the temp is expected to be 72 here during the day. it may get crisp at night of course.



    I missed chances of seeing the other Beatles and never quite frankly expected to see any of them at all. About the closest I came to hearing thie music live was to see Beatlemania back in my old High School Auditorium once. That was really good considering it wasnt the actual band. To actually see one of them will be a real treat.



    Paul is 70 now, but from what I've read still puts on a dam good show.

    He sold out all his shows and his set list wasnt bad. Not thay he has any problem

    selecting from all his albums. I'll let you know how it goes. Heres what might be some of the songs they play as per in an earlier show at St Louis show. It includes some songs from John and George too, likely a tribute to his brother musicians who didnt make as long a winding road as he has.



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    What a set list, eh?



    Have fun. I've seen Paul twice -- once at the LA Forum when he was touring "Flowers In The Dirt" ('89?) and then a couple of years later during his tour at an outdoor venue in Vegas.



    That first show still stands as the most amazing concert I've ever been too. Not only was Paul and the band great, but just that feeling of knowing he hadn't toured in so long and that he had never played some of the old Beatles' classics live before. After opening with "Jet" and then doing (IIRC) "My Brave Face" he kicked into the opening chords of "Sgt Pepper" and the place was just electric. A truely, truely awesome experience that still gives me chills just to recall it.
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    • #3
      You're in for a treat. I saw Paul for the first time a few years ago; maybe the 'Back in the US' tour? He was coming to Philly and I thought to myself, 'well, I never saw the Beatles and they are responsible for me playing the guitar, so I should go while I have the chance'. He put on an amazing show especially considering his age. There were some magical spots; first, when he holds up his Epi acoustic and says, "this is the same guitar I played on the Ed Sullivan show" and sings Yesterday. Damn, I remember seeing that on TV as an 11 year old.! Then he spots three little 4 year old girls in the audience dressed in Sgt. Pepper outfits. He has them brought up on stage with the band as they launch into "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" You could see the little girls singing along, knew all the words. That's something I'm sure those kids, or at least their parents, will remember for the rest of their lives. A memorable show.
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      • #4
        ^^ Yea, its a decent list. I say it has a good 50% of my favorites.

        I'm not sinto some of them but its the man doing them so I do value them

        in an case. He does change up the songs they play at shows. With so many

        songs to choose from and a very tight band to back him I wouldnt be surprised what

        they pull out.



        Just waiting for my ride. I heard they are going to have the stadium open so

        I suspect there will be some major pyro technics going on, We'll see.

        Maybe I can snap a few cell phone shots and post therm here.

        They have a huge screen so I'm guessing they will come out.

        Its supposed to get downto 40 tonight. Thats major winter weather here.

        I'm from the NE but after 20 years down here I've acclemated to the

        climate here. I figured my winter trench coat will suffice. Rides here

        so I'm on my way.

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        • #5
          Well, it was quite a concert.



          The negatives,

          It got cold and breezy last night. November is too late in the season even for Houston.



          The sound system sucked,and I dont know what the hell the sound guy was doing.

          Mccartney sounded like he was singing through a megaphone and the bass was annoyingly boomy.

          You kind of expect that in a stadium but beyond that the sound guy would solo parts way above the

          rest of the band which sounded bad. The big screen video was tall and narrow on both sides. Most

          of the time the cameras were on Paul. I think they could do some more split screening between the two

          and capture more band shots to liven up the visual, but it was what it was. Pauls a superstar and he

          is going to be the main man to see.



          Material wise, he pretty much stuck to that list I posted. He started about a half hour late, and was

          still going when I left abut 11:30 after the first round honcore. I'd say he could have cut about 1/2 hour

          out of the show and kept things moving a bit more. 3 hours is a long concert especially when you're 70.



          The crowd was a bit lackluster at points too. Paul was kind of begging for an applause at times. I suspect

          it was due to post election blues allot of people are having, or the fact it was a mid week show where people

          had to fight to get over there after work. It was sold out though. 50K plus field seats. Tickets were $100 and up so

          the show brought in well over 7 million for a single show. After expences, I suspect Paul takes in a million or two per show.

          Must be nice.



          The Positives, He's Paul McCartney. Many of the tunes were still played great. He had a few newer tunes in there I really liked.

          It was cool when he'd tell little stories between songs. He had one about a semi hollow sunburst with P90's he strapped on.

          I'm not sure what brand it was. The top on it was not flat along the edges like an Epi or Es335. Its probibly hand carved model.

          He talked about it being the guitar Jimi Hendrix recorded some songs on then gave to Paul. It said it was the guitar used to record

          Paperback Writer which they went into right afterwards.



          He alse did some unique versions of tunes. He came out with a Uke and talked about George being a great Uke player and how the two of them

          them and wrote the song "Something" playing Ukes together. He played the first verse to the song solo on the Uke then the band came in to finish it.

          Not what you'd expect but songs often have odd beginnings.



          He did a song before that on a mandolin from one of his solo albums. I cant remember the name but it had a quazi Russian feel to it.

          Neat tune.I'll have to dig out my old albums and give that one another listen to.



          When Paul did Blackbird solo on acoustic its was just plain killer. He had that one wired and sang it exceptionally well. Afterwards he asked for a show

          of hands of guitarists in the audiance who learned or attempted to learn that song and there were a buttload of people who raised their hands.



          Live and let die was the biggest climax of the night. They had to have an open stadium for that one with all the timed fireworks and pyro techniques.

          The stage itself had gas jets too, front and in back of the band that were all timed to the music and with the video backdrop it really gave it that

          James Bond action to the music. The song lifted the audiance up too.



          From there he did some more lively beatles tunes, We stuck for 4 songs of the first Encore.

          We split when he was just beginning the second Encore playing Yesterday. We were all pretty beat

          and had to walk abot 5 blocks to the parking garage. You could hear the music bouncing off the buildings which reminded

          of when the Beatles recorded Let it Be on the roof of Abbey Road Studios. I could hear them playing the end of the Abbey road

          album when we got in the car which was kind of nifty.



          All in all, it was a very good show even with the drawbacks I mentioned. i've seen so many bands in my lifetime,

          I cant help but notice allot of technical aspects. I think if they had a better vocal sound and it would have made

          a huge difference, but stadium arrays hanging from scaffold suck in most big venues. Its the same thing at Reliant

          stadium, and the Astrodome when it was operational. I saw Sprinstein at the old Basket Ball stadium here now the

          Toyota Center. The sound was pertty good there, so was the Woodlands which is a semi covered outdoor pavillion.

          Stevie nicks, the Guess who and others all had great sound there.



          Anyway, thats about it. Got to see the man live which is what counts.

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          • #6
            Sounds like the show hasn't changed since I saw him recently. We got on the floor at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington (and actually managed to sneak up to the 3rd row for 15 minutes before security caught us ). The sound wasn't half bad from our vantage point, I guess we were close enough to avoid much of the stadium reverberation. It's a pretty emotional show if you're truly a Beatles freak, what with the tributes to John and George. Just the privilege of hearing a song like "Blackbird" or "Paperback Writer" straight from the man who wrote it is pretty awe-inspiring.

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            • #7






              Quote Originally Posted by WRGKMC
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              He came out with a Uke and talked about George being a great Uke player and how the two of them

              them and wrote the song "Something" playing Ukes together.




              Really, or was he just trying to take credit for another Beatles song again?
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              • #8
                Sounded like he was jamming with George on the Ukes and George already

                had the song written from what he said.

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                • #9
                  saw Sir Paul too. ****************in rocked
                  I will be banned soon, so don't get too attached.

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                  • #10
                    So who was in the backing band this tour?
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                    • #11






                      Quote Originally Posted by flemtone
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                      So who was in the backing band this tour?




                      he usually plays with that fat drummer who's really great.
                      I will be banned soon, so don't get too attached.

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                      • #12
                        Looks like the same band he's been using for a long time now.

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                        • #13






                          Quote Originally Posted by beatpoet
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                          Really, or was he just trying to take credit for another Beatles song again?






                          Yes. His catalog is a little thin, so he has to pad it a little.
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                          • #14






                            Quote Originally Posted by Goobers
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                            he usually plays with that fat drummer who's really great.




                            That would be Abe Laboriel Jr. I've recorded him a couple of times. He's a great player. He does things to the Beatles stuff that is really cool.



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                            • #15






                              Quote Originally Posted by Extreme Mixing
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                              That would be Abe Laboriel Jr. I've recorded him a couple of times. He's a great player. He does things to the Beatles stuff that is really cool.



                              Steve




                              he is fat and great and performs like a mofo!
                              I will be banned soon, so don't get too attached.

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