There are experiences in life that contain such magic that you wouldn’t trade them for anything, and the evening with Sir Paul McCartney was one of those. Now I get the old footage of people crying and generally losing their shit when they saw The Beatles. It makes perfect sense after last night at Suncorp Stadium.
Walking in to the stadium fans were greeted by Beatles songs and a movie of memories, pictures of precious moments through Sir Paul’s life and music career. When Paul came on stage launching into ‘Hard Days Night’ the crowd were instantly on their feet, out of reverence as much as to dance. The energy didn’t flag the entire set; Sir Paul was flawless, funny and a little cheeky. As he said, the set was made up of the old, like first track they ever recorded ‘Let Me Roll It’, the new, Kanye collaboration ‘FourFiveSeconds’, and the in-betweeners. It was clear what most people were there for though, as every Beatles song lifted the crowd from their seats. There was literally an audible collective sigh around the stadium as Sir Paul strummed the first chords of ‘And I Love Her’ and the phones out waving their light instead of cigarette lighters during the ‘Hey Jude’ mass singalong had the stadium looking more like a galaxy. The place literally lit up as ‘Live and Let Die’ smashed it out of the park with flames and fireworks accompanying the tempo change. Paul McCartney put on a spectacular show from start to finish, even charging the encore with ‘Helter Skelter’.
The stories he told between songs, and about songs, were a fascinating and often funny reminder of how much music history Sir Paul is a part of, and how much he has inspired. After adding a little guitar tribute to Jimi Hendrix on the end of ‘Let Me Roll It’, he told the story of Jimi learning ‘Sgt Pepper’s’ within two days of it being released and then opening his show with the cover. With stories like this sprinkled throughout the three hour set, the evening felt like more than just a gig, it was a little window into Sir Paul’s world. He was charming and interactive with the crowd, the band were phenomenal and the word incredible barely begins to describe the experience. I could rave on about this but really all that needs to be said is thank you Sir Paul, thank you from the hearts of everyone present last night.
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