Wow. It’s been over a day since I saw Paul McCartney live in concert, and I’m still on cloud nine over the fact that I actually saw a Beatle live! There were so many amazing things about the concert, I’m not really sure where to start, but in short, it was INCREDIBLE!!!! By far the most fun experience of my life so far, and definitely the most surreal.
I don’t want this to sound like an Oscar acceptance speech, but I really should thank my parents for making this whole thing possible. They went online at exactly 9 am to get the presale tickets, paid for the tickets, and put up with me for the last 50 days while I was freaking out over going to see Paul, and words can’t express how grateful I am for getting this opportunity to see one of my idols. I’m also happy that they loved the concert as much as I did!
Although the show started almost an hour late, I was surprisingly calm while waiting for it start. I guess I was in some sort of zen-like state because I just sat in my seat, taking pictures of the stage and looking around the arena, and I noticed that I was a lot closer to the stage than I thought I would be! But all of the preshow calmness on my part disappeared as soon as the lights dimmed and Paul came onstage. And as I predicted, as soon as I saw Paul McCartney live and in person, I screamed my head off with excitement and shouted, “PAUL!!!! OH MY GOD!!!!!! PAUL!!!!” repeatedly.
Once he kicked into the opening song, “Eight Days A Week,” I started dancing, and I didn’t stop dancing until the very end of the show almost three hours later! I had so much fun dancing, singing along to my favorite songs, watching Paul onstage, and listening to his wonderful singing and guitar/bass/piano playing. The lady next to me was also singing, dancing, and screaming, and we both freaked out when he sang “Something”! And let me tell you, he sounded AMAZING! Just as good as I’m sure he sounded 40 years ago! I had very high expectations for this show, but he even exceeded those.
But the very best part of the show came about midway through, just after Another Day and just before And I Love Her. I had been working up the courage the entire show to shout, “I LOVE YOU PAUL!!!” during a relatively quiet moment, and while he was switching guitars between these songs, I went for it and shouted, “I LOVE YOU PAUL!!!” at the top of my lungs. For a moment, I thought that my efforts were for naught, as he didn’t notice. But a moment later, he said something along the lines of, “What?” or “Paul?”. And then came the best moment of my life… Paul looked in my direction and responded, and I quote: “Love you too, baby!” A bunch of people cheered, but I just stood there with my hands over my mouth, shocked and stunned, almost crying with happiness. Paul actually acknowledged me! ME!!! I still can’t believe that this actually happened. I’ve looked for it on Youtube, but I can’t find it, unfortunately. At least I’ll always have the memory of Paul calling me “baby”!!!!
Weirdly enough, I don’t think that it ever truly sunk in that I was in the presence of Sir Paul McCartney. Some time during Let Me Roll It, I realized just what an amazing show I was witnessing, but it never really “got real”. I was just in awe of him the entire show.
It’s so hard to choose a favorite song from the show! Everything was amazing and brilliant, and the whole show kind of blends together in my mind. I loved “Something”, of course, and I did cry during “Here Today”. “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five” was awesome, “Helter Skelter” rocked, and singing along with 16,000 people to “Hey Jude” was something I’ll never forget. I think I actually had the most fun dancing to “Mrs. Vandebilt”, if only because it caught me totally off guard. Really though, every single moment of the show was amazing, and when it was over, I loved Paul a million times more than I already had.
I took some videos, but they’re not that great, and you can find basically everything he performed on Youtube by now anyway. I also took some pictures, but those are bad as well. Nonetheless, here are a couple of pictures that I took:
The outside of the Barclays Center
Paul McCartney onstage! He’s very small in this picture, but he’s there!
I expected to be really sad when the concert was over, but I wasn’t. I was just so happy to have seen Paul live, and I’m still in a bit of a daze about the whole thing. If this isn’t already painfully obvious, seeing Paul McCartney live is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list. I know it was at the top of mine, and now that I’ve seen Paul, I don’t think anything can top him. I do have other musicians that I’d like to see live, but for now, I’m happy with the fact that I’ve seen a Paul McCartney concert and had the time of my life. He has an amazing power to bring multiple generations of people together and make all of them equally happy, and I sincerely hope that he comes back to NY soon, because I’d love to see him again!
Paul McCartney = Living Legend. He is amazing in every way. Absolutely see him in concert if you haven’t already. You will not be disappointed. I LOVE PAUL!!!!