I saw Paul in 1990 in L.A. and greatly enjoyed it, but the next time I saw him -- 2002 in Washington, DC -- had more impact. I actually cried during the opening number, Hello Goodbye, which is not a song normally expected to provoke tears. I was at first baffled by my own response, but when I got home and processed the evening, I realized what it was: Here was Paul, on tour for the first time in decades without Linda, George had died just 6 months or so before, and there he is with a new, young band and singing, "I don't know why you say goodbye I say hello."It hit me like a ton of bricks, almost subconsciously.
Of course, there was nothing subconscious about my reaction when he sang Here Today -- this tour being the first time he'd played it live. I cried my eyes out, and basically ended up as a puddle on the floor.
Yes and thanks for bringing up Here Today Bruce. I had forgotten to mention that point about the 2002 show that I saw in Philadelphia (probably around the same time you saw him in Washington DC).
As I mentioned, it was my first time seeing Paul in an Arena compared to the big stadilum shows. The thing I remember was how shocked I was when Paul left the stage and moved up towards the middle of the arena alone. The rest of the Band had gone away. The other thing that I remember is that he did "several" songs acoustically alone... Not just Blackbird and Here Today. I forget the order but I remember him also doing "We Can Work It Out" and "Mother Nature's Son". I think he did "We Can Work It Out" first. They all sounded great. I had seen my share of shows but I never saw a big name star in such a large setting (20,000 people plus) just leave his band, move into the center of the hall and just play "live" by himself. Great part of the show!
BJ and Crew: As usual, BJ's response to all this was great reading. Of course, I LOVE 'Long Hair Lady', but to each his own. My history goes like this; in 1968 my wonderful Dad gave me "The White Album" for my 11th birthday. Let's just say I wasn't thrilled; the music just didn't make sense to my 11 year old brain. Now, three years later, at 14, my Dad tried again and bought me RAM. And the rest, they say, is history. As the 70's went by I became of course, a huge Wings fan, but also loved Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Black Sabbath, Boz Scaggs, Earth/Wind/ Fire, etc. I'm sure I owned over 250 albums and became a creature of 70's Classic Rock. Sooo, IMO, RAM still stands as by all-time favorite album. I wrote a letter to Rolling Stone after they printed their dreadful, untrue, and awful review of RAM; still remember exactly what I told them. They never responded. Ha. Anyway, I will defend RAM to the death (well okay, close to death) and with my last breath. RAM is an amazing sounding album; I remember reading an interview with Hugh McCracken, who played guitar on the album, who said he thought it was his best work. No other album, Beatles, Wings, Zeppelin, Floyd, etc., touched me the way RAM did and still does.
Wingsoverkc...great story especially with your Dad. As I said, Ram took a while to grow on me but the Archive Remaster of 2012 really did it for me. Definitely one of Paul's best to my ears. I have found over the years that a good number of people who are not super big Paul fans like you and me really love Ram and think it is Paul's best Post Beatles' album. As a side note, the guys who do the "Take It Away" Podcast (also can be heard on this Site) who cover all of Paul's Post Beatle songs and albums, think that Ram is Paul's best album. I really respect their opinions.
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Wow! That Pepper Hofner is So Awesome 😀 sounds great 👍
I wanted to get a Hofner Ignition Bass for my niece, and ran across a beautiful blue one on dhgate dot com, but they are calling it a "McCartney", using Paul's name, in the Description.. so I'm thinking it is probably a knockoff, not a real Hofner. In fact they are using Paul's last name all over their site to advertise their stuff... but they way they are using it, it didn't look kosher, made me worried it might not be on the up and up...
You seem to know a lot about Hofners, but you don't know that Paul is left-handed?! This Pepper one was probably just made for him to sign and auction off. Hofner did make him a custom left-handed British Union Jack one that he played at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
It was a lousy interview, thayt Paul tried to make interesting. It must be a drag for Paul to have a 50 year post Beatle career, and be bombarded with Ed Sullivan questions at the start of every interview.
The age jokes for the kids book were flat out insulting, and Paul appeared uncomfortable.