Wow, he was in great shape yesterday. He was clearly enjoying himself and the crowd reaction was overwhelming. The loud drum beats from another stage were bothering him a bit during Blackbird and Here Today, He imitated the boom boom boom sound several times, which was actually adding to the atmosphere imo. He mentioned Jimi Hendrix and the he said something like "and for Scotty Moore" (who die earlier this week). After Something he joked: "the greatest Lennon-McCartney song according to Frank Sinatra". Audience was much younger than at Pinkpop and front rows were mostly taken by people under 30 (plus me ), who were having a ball. During HiHiHi there was a long annoying feedback and he said "don't know where that came from". When he thanked the crew he gave them a sneer "thanks to the people on the sound, especially on that last song". The guitar solos on "Carry that weight/the end" were messed up a bit and Paul seemed worried a bit and turned his back to the audience and instructed his roadie. No elevator during Blackbird and Here Today, possibly the thing did not work properly. All these little "mistakes" gave a nice touch to an otherwise excellent performance. This one is in my top 3 list now, it was a special one because more than noramlly you could see the fun he has and that is why he keeps continueing.
Excellent post Servi, with lots of very good observations. The noise from other stages is perhaps why Paul has only begun doing festivals in relatively recent times, after previously bring reluctant. I was there too - front row, dead centre. I was first in line at my turnstile! And once through security, I bolted straight down to the front and stayed there for the next 11.5 hours without moving. No comfort break for 15 hours for a guy of nearly 50! In some ways, the best spot in the house but as this is Werchter, in others not. There have been many complaints in the past about the height of the stage there. That said, it would all have been fine if they hadn't set up these steel blocks and pipes for the pyro for live and let die. As a result, I couldn't see Paul on his grand piano and his head only just appeared above his multicoloured electric piano. However, on the pus side, the failure of his rising platform meant that I could enjoy Blackbird and Here Today from 7 or 8 metres away - a memory I will treasure forever.
WOW !!!!! And after the 15 hours, another few hours to get on the bus ?? You will never regret standing for so long, as the memory will last for ever ! We went to the front area before Ellie Goulding came on stage. Her music did not interest me much, but it was fun to see her fans singing along. After that, a lot of people left and we managed to get at the 8th row or something.