Paul McCartney’s still got it.
|McCartney from far side of sold-out Times Union Center.|
|Cell phone panorama during McCartney concert at Times Union Center.|
Glad my husband and I made the once-in-a-lifetime splurge to
see the legend in person at the Times-Union Center in Albany Saturday, July 5.
13,500 people packed the arena where McCartney played an assortment of mostly Beatles,
a couple of Wings and several newer songs for three solid hours, with breaks
only to banter with the audience, tell a story about the old days, and, near
the end, bring up a Rochester couple whose signs read: “He’ll only propose to
me if he meets you” and “I have the ring and I’m 64 years old.” The guy sang a
bit of guess what and then McCartney instructed him to get down on one knee and
propose. He did, and she accepted.
|Selfie at McCartney concert|
Two huge vertical screens on either side of the stage
focused mostly on McCartney, who seemed small by comparison – at least from the
other side of the arena. But this was a big show, and he carried it – with his voice
and overall presence.
People can comment and argue over his choice of songs, and
the almost constant light-show, plus what I thought were kind of gimmicky
pyrotechnics during “Live and Let Die” -- although it looks pretty cool in the accompanying video taken by Lisa Lewis, editor of The Record and The Saratogian.
I’m glad he was feeling well enough to
start up his U.S. round of tours with this opening in Albany, and lucky to have
seen the show in person.