That Paul faces his final curtain.
He did alright did Paulie at the jubilee, and I thought he really tried hard to deliver and to a certain extent he succeeded. He nailed All My Loving, for instance, but the signs are naked to all of us: it is a real struggle and he is becoming like Sinatra did after about 65 - a shadow of himself.
I fear with these kind of shows he is gradually eroding his legacy and to many he is irrelevant. A sad state of affairs of being alive really - when he should be embraced and loved even more.
Every time I now feel so nervous that he does not embarrass himself on these kind of shows, he is just about getting away with it at the moment. Please let the olympics be the very last of these events for Paul.
There ARE many songs he can still really deliver which won't attract the criticism or strain on his voice that it does with many. I hope someone will tell him as he still has so much to offer - even live.
However, more importantly his song writing is still very strong, as evident from My Valentine, as is his creative instinct, see The Fireman etc. His recorded voice is still OK, and this is the main reason why I am so frustrated that there has been no bona fide solo album for 5 years - the longest in his career. Every month counts to get as much wonderful new music out of this genius while his voice can still deliver. It is real proof why live performance needs to take second fiddle from now, or have a real rethink.
Our dreams of hearing certain songs will mainly always be dreams now as sadly he will not do them justice.
I enjoyed last night and he still kicked many of the others into touch, but we must all take a reality check.