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Second All-Time Favorite Concert

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When we announced many months ago that Paul McCartney was going to be playing at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, I told my wife Chris, we have to get tickets. We took advantage of the pre-sale tickets so we got them before they went on sale to the general public. Then, the wait was on.

We waited all summer long for the show that took place this Saturday night. Paul and his band put on an awesome show. They played for three hours without stopping. except for the time in between the regular set and the encore, which probably lasted four minutes.

He opened the show with the Beatles classic ‘A Hard Day’s Night’. Then he went on to play other Beatle songs including; ‘Can’t Buy Me Love,’ ‘All My Loving’, ‘I’ve Got a Feeling, (which is one of my favorite Beatle songs of all time] ‘We Can Work It Out’, ‘You Won’t See Me’, ‘Love Me Do’, ‘Blackbird’, ‘Lady Madonna’ and others.

He paid tribute to John Lennon with one song, his new wife with the song ‘Valentine’, and George Harrison with the Beatles song ‘Something’. That song, Paul played a ukulele on for the first half of the song. He also did songs from when he was in Wings including; ‘Band on the Run’, ‘Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five’, ‘Junior’s Farm’ and ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’, which he dedicated to his first wife, the late Linda McCartney. He also played ‘Live and Let Die’ complete with flames and pyrotechnics, which started a very small fire on the scaffolding high above the stage. It burned itself out, but a few small hot embers fell to the stage where they were quickly met by a man with a fire extinguisher.

Paul told some funny stories including stories of Jimi Hendrix, the early days of The Beatles, and how he met some high-ranking Russian officials who told him the first song the first record he ever purchased was ‘Love Me Do’ by the Beatles, and that they leaned English by listening to Beatle records. It’s not often that you get to see a legend like this in concert. And I don’t use that word legend loosely. Paul McCartney is the most successful living song writer. He is still very entertaining to see in concert and if you ever get a chance, make sure you go see him live.

I would say this was probably my second favorite concert of all time. The first on that list, Paul McCartney in the early 90s in Philadelphia. Paul’s complete set list can be found on the website.



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