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      It increasingly looks like there will be no concerts this years. If Paul postponed his shows until next Spring / Summer, then he'll be bordering on 79 years of age. Given the length of his shows and the amount of songs he has to remember (to play and to sing), will it be beyond him to perform such shows by then? As far as the big scale / two to three hour concerts are concerned, have we already seen the last one? 

        Don't be ridiculous.  He'll be back in due course.  Bring it on!

          Kestrel wrote:

          It increasingly looks like there will be no concerts this years. If Paul postponed his shows until next Spring / Summer, then he'll be bordering on 79 years of age. Given the length of his shows and the amount of songs he has to remember (to play and to sing), will it be beyond him to perform such shows by then? As far as the big scale / two to three hour concerts are concerned, have we already seen the last one? 

          I said the same thing in another thread. McCartney is in his late 70's so the last thing he needs is to take a chance with coronavirus. We have all been very lucky that he has continued to play as long as he has but "father time" hits all of us eventually. People are not being realistic if they think he can still physically continue to do this much longer. In addition, why continue to do it? He has plenty of money, has played every place you can imagine in the world and even if you enjoy performing it has to get old after all this time. He can keep busy with writing the musical for the stage, painting, maybe a new Fireman album - lol  etc.

            Paul will play his last concert when he drops dead onstage! 😂 He'll probably be close to 100! 

              Nancy R wrote:

              Paul will play his last concert when he drops dead onstage! 😂 He'll probably be close to 100! 

              If there was a like button for your post, Nancy, you would get one like! 😂  Totally agree with you!  He will bop till he drops! lol

              There's a difference in him being unable to perform onstage versus he is kept from performing by other factors...

                Nancy R wrote:

                Paul will play his last concert when he drops dead onstage! 😂 He'll probably be close to 100! 

                I don't want him to end his career beimg like Chuck Berry or Frank Sinatra at the end, that was not pretty. Have the last memory of you performing live still being able to do it and not some broken down performer.

                  Yankeefan2 wrote:

                  Nancy R wrote:

                  Paul will play his last concert when he drops dead onstage! 😂 He'll probably be close to 100! 

                  I don't want him to end his career beimg like Chuck Berry or Frank Sinatra at the end, that was not pretty. Have the last memory of you performing live still being able to do it and not some broken down performer.

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                    Yankeefan2 wrote:

                    Nancy R wrote:

                    Paul will play his last concert when he drops dead onstage! 😂 He'll probably be close to 100! 

                    I don't want him to end his career beimg like Chuck Berry or Frank Sinatra at the end, that was not pretty. Have the last memory of you performing live still being able to do it and not some broken down performer.

                    Oh, I agree. I was half kidding. What I meant was that Paul loves performing in front of an audience so much that he will do it until he absolutely physically can't anymore. Look at Tony Bennett - he's gonna be 94 in August! Granted he never punished his voice like Paul did, but I bet as Paul gets older he could adapt his concert length, song selections and keys to still put on a decent show. 

                      Nancy R wrote:

                      Yankeefan2 wrote:
                      Nancy R wrote:

                      Paul will play his last concert when he drops dead onstage! 😂 He'll probably be close to 100! 

                      I don't want him to end his career beimg like Chuck Berry or Frank Sinatra at the end, that was not pretty. Have the last memory of you performing live still being able to do it and not some broken down performer.

                      Oh, I agree. I was half kidding. What I meant was that Paul loves performing in front of an audience so much that he will do it until he absolutely physically can't anymore. Look at Tony Bennett - he's gonna be 94 in August! Granted he never punished his voice like Paul did, but I bet as Paul gets older he could adapt his concert length, song selections and keys to still put on a decent show. 

                      God bless Tony Bennett !! My question would be why bother to continue to perform if he can't do the type of show he have always done. He does not need the money, he has played everywhere in the world. He has played for royalty and Presidents and lord knows if he will continue to age gracefully. Tony Bennett is just a singer. McCartney not only sings but plays bass, acoustic guitar and piano. Even if McCartney cut his current show in half, it still would be taxing for a man who will be 80 pretty soon.

                        Kestrel wrote:

                        It increasingly looks like there will be no concerts this years. If Paul postponed his shows until next Spring / Summer, then he'll be bordering on 79 years of age. Given the length of his shows and the amount of songs he has to remember (to play and to sing), will it be beyond him to perform such shows by then? As far as the big scale / two to three hour concerts are concerned, have we already seen the last one? 

                        yeah probably in terms of tours, there wont be a cure for this thing for a year at the earliest, countries are going into recessions, people wont be traveling, and goveremnts wont just open up venues straight away anyway....or huge public outdoor gatherings like the Italian gig would have been 

                        It would be too much of a gamble to put on a huge tour again only a year after this whole situation...  even if they find a cure,  it could mutate and return

                        having to cancel this tour has already cost them money, they wont put it again until its a close to sure thing that it wont be cancelled...by which time he prob will be too old but who knows maybe he is still going in 2 years time, I hope so 

                        I think he will play glastonbury though (if its on) and one off gigs

                         

                         

                          Paul is a great artist. Great artists don't seem to stop their "art" at retirement age, because it's not really a job, it's an expression of who they've been all their life. Don't  see Paul stopping expressing who he has been most of his life. Paul is "the" music man and don't see that stopping, he continually expands (for example It's A Wonderful Life). He will always be music somehow.

                            love2travel wrote:

                            Paul is a great artist. Great artists don't seem to stop their "art" at retirement age, because it's not really a job, it's an expression of who they've been all their life. Don't  see Paul stopping expressing who he has been most of his life. Paul is "the" music man and don't see that stopping, he continually expands (for example It's A Wonderful Life). He will always be music somehow.

                            Yes! ^ That!

                              love2travel wrote:

                              Paul is a great artist. Great artists don't seem to stop their "art" at retirement age, because it's not really a job, it's an expression of who they've been all their life. Don't  see Paul stopping expressing who he has been most of his life. Paul is "the" music man and don't see that stopping, he continually expands (for example It's A Wonderful Life). He will always be music somehow.

                              Never said he would not continue to write music and maybe record a new album, believe I said that in earlier post. I am talking about touring and doing close to 3 hr concerts. Even if he cut shows down to 1 1/2 hrs that is still a lot for a man who will be 80 fairly soon. He is not like Ringo and has other people play a song or two from his band.

                                Yankeefan2 wrote:

                                love2travel wrote:

                                Paul is a great artist. Great artists don't seem to stop their "art" at retirement age, because it's not really a job, it's an expression of who they've been all their life. Don't  see Paul stopping expressing who he has been most of his life. Paul is "the" music man and don't see that stopping, he continually expands (for example It's A Wonderful Life). He will always be music somehow.

                                Never said he would not continue to write music and maybe record a new album, believe I said that in earlier post. I am talking about touring and doing close to 3 hr concerts. Even if he cut shows down to 1 1/2 hrs that is still a lot for a man who will be 80 fairly soon. He is not like Ringo and has other people play a song or two from his band.

                                Couldn't agree with Yankeefan more.  Contrary to most of the aging Rock/Pop music artists from the 60's and 70's that are still around, Paul can still write excellent songs in a variety of genres and in many cases with better lyrics than many of his Post Beatles' songs from the 70's.  I look at albums like Flaming Pie, Chaos, Memory Almost Full, New, Egypt Station etc. and his ability to write good to great songs is still plenty there.  Conversely, the excitement of his live shows has long since waned.  Part of this is due to his current tour voice and the sameness of his shows. I know that there are some that will disagree with me but there are not many bigger fans of Mr. McCartney than myself.  

                                Selfishly thinking, I would much rather Paul use his time writing a couple of new albums, new singles, songs for movies or as Yankeefan said, his new music for "It's a Wonderful Life".  I would rather Paul save his voice and sing in perfect, studio conditions rather than continue to destroy his voice with these long, grueling tours.  While his current voice isn't close to his vocals from 20, 30 or 40 years ago, I thought his "older voice" on Egypt Station for the most part was very good.  I personnally thought that Paul's chemistry with Greg Kurstin (the overwhelming main producer for Egypt Station) proved that Paul can still create a great album.  I would prefer that Paul continues to work with Greg rather than putting so much time on tours.  

                                Hopefully all of us will be able to travel again after this terrible virus ends.  I hope the same for Paul.  Since Paul seems to draw so much of his music inspiration from travel, I wish for Paul many more years of travelling and more inspiration for great songs.  He should enjoy himself with Nancy and see new things for many more years. 

                                  love2travel wrote:

                                  Paul is a great artist. Great artists don't seem to stop their "art" at retirement age, because it's not really a job, it's an expression of who they've been all their life. Don't  see Paul stopping expressing who he has been most of his life. Paul is "the" music man and don't see that stopping, he continually expands (for example It's A Wonderful Life). He will always be music somehow.

                                  Agree with everything you said.      In the future if he chooses to limit his concert appearances, due to circumstances beyond his control, he'll still find a way of creating and composing music, for his artistic expression.  His music is such a big part of who he is, and he loves writing songs and making music very much.  It's not something he could easily give up. 

                                  I think he probably does want to continue doing concert appearances for a while yet, it's just the coronavirus that's put a damper on things!   And he still has millions of fans who would continue to want to see him in concert.  That won't go away.

                                    I think if Paul felt physically unable to deliver two or three-hour shows, he would either stop or scale it back. But it has to be his decision, and I see no reason why he shouldn't continue if he feels able to. I know he's nearing his 80s, but music really does seem to energise him.

                                    He clearly loves getting out there and performing for people, and as long as he's happy to do that, I'm happy to go and see him. Maybe it's because I'm one of the younger fans, but I cherish every chance I get to be in his presence and watch him perform, no matter what he plays or what his voice sounds like these days. And as far as I'm concerned, he still puts on the best show I've ever seen.

                                      B J Conlee wrote:

                                      Yankeefan2 wrote:
                                      love2travel wrote:

                                      Paul is a great artist. Great artists don't seem to stop their "art" at retirement age, because it's not really a job, it's an expression of who they've been all their life. Don't  see Paul stopping expressing who he has been most of his life. Paul is "the" music man and don't see that stopping, he continually expands (for example It's A Wonderful Life). He will always be music somehow.

                                      Never said he would not continue to write music and maybe record a new album, believe I said that in earlier post. I am talking about touring and doing close to 3 hr concerts. Even if he cut shows down to 1 1/2 hrs that is still a lot for a man who will be 80 fairly soon. He is not like Ringo and has other people play a song or two from his band.

                                      Couldn't agree with Yankeefan more.  Contrary to most of the aging Rock/Pop music artists from the 60's and 70's that are still around, Paul can still write excellent songs in a variety of genres and in many cases with better lyrics than many of his Post Beatles' songs from the 70's.  I look at albums like Flaming Pie, Chaos, Memory Almost Full, New, Egypt Station etc. and his ability to write good to great songs is still plenty there.  Conversely, the excitement of his live shows has long since waned.  Part of this is due to his current tour voice and the sameness of his shows. I know that there are some that will disagree with me but there are not many bigger fans of Mr. McCartney than myself.  

                                      Selfishly thinking, I would much rather Paul use his time writing a couple of new albums, new singles, songs for movies or as Yankeefan said, his new music for "It's a Wonderful Life".  I would rather Paul save his voice and sing in perfect, studio conditions rather than continue to destroy his voice with these long, grueling tours.  While his current voice isn't close to his vocals from 20, 30 or 40 years ago, I thought his "older voice" on Egypt Station for the most part was very good.  I personnally thought that Paul's chemistry with Greg Kurstin (the overwhelming main producer for Egypt Station) proved that Paul can still create a great album.  I would prefer that Paul continues to work with Greg rather than putting so much time on tours.  

                                      Hopefully all of us will be able to travel again after this terrible virus ends.  I hope the same for Paul.  Since Paul seems to draw so much of his music inspiration from travel, I wish for Paul many more years of travelling and more inspiration for great songs.  He should enjoy himself with Nancy and see new things for many more years. 

                                      You and I are on the same page BJ. He can do plenty of things to keep him busy and not have to tour. The musical "It's A Wonderful Life" will probably occupy him for awhile and once they start putting the show on stage they will need him for possible re-writes of songs or maybe additional songs. Wouldn't it be cool if he did one more Fireman album. He enjoys painting, maybe he can put together a "show" of his artwork. I am sure you might like it if he got around to and was involved with doing Anthology of his solo work the last 40 years. Like you said, he loves to travel so why not do it without it being part of some work project. Finally, a Paul McCartney show is not a big event anymore IMO unless he is playing in town that he has never played before and how many of those can be left at this point - just teasing everyone. We will see what happens but I would not be shocked if in 2021 there is no tour.

                                        Unless the coronavirus comes back in 2021, I would be shocked if Paul DIDN'T tour in 2021. jmho

                                          Nancy R wrote:

                                          Unless the coronavirus comes back in 2021, I would be shocked if Paul DIDN'T tour in 2021. jmho

                                          Who knows if it will be gone by 2021.     :(

                                            oobu24 wrote:

                                            Nancy R wrote:

                                            Unless the coronavirus comes back in 2021, I would be shocked if Paul DIDN'T tour in 2021. jmho

                                            Who knows if it will be gone by 2021.     :(

                                            Eventually it has to, after enough people have it and recover, or die. Sad fact.😢

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