I FOUND IT!!!!!!!!!!

Here it is at last, proof that Paul McCartney loves me! I have to thank my dad for finding this for me after some excellent Youtube sleuthing. This was the moment when Paul McCartney responded, “Love you too, baby!” after I shouted, “I LOVE YOU PAUL!” You can’t hear me in the video because it was filmed from way behind where I was sitting, but it definitely happened, I swear!

You know, I sort of thought that I’d dreamt the whole thing, but watching this made it real all over again. Wow. It actually happened! There you go, folks. It doesn’t get better than this! 🙂

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The greatest experience of my life!!!!!!!!!!

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

The outside of the Barclays Center

Paul McCartney onstage! He's very small in this picture, but he's there!

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!!!!

Roll up, roll up, for the Out There Tour!

The man of the hour, Paul McCartney!

The man of the hour, Paul McCartney!

What has transpired in the past few days has been absolutely amazing. For months, I’ve been religiously checking paulmccartney.com, praying for the announcement of a new world tour, and that happened. For weeks, I’ve been waiting for the announcement of a concert in New York, and that happened. And for a short period of time last week after the concerts at Barclays Center in June were announced, but before the presale tickets went on sale, I was praying to the Beatle gods that I’d be able to get tickets to see Paul live. Well… That also happened! In other words… I WILL BE SEEING PAUL MCCARTNEY LIVE ON JUNE 10TH!!!!!!!!!!! This feels like a dream come true!

To be honest, I’m still in shock and disbelief over how quickly the whole thing transpired. Less than 72 hours ago, I had no idea that Paul was even coming to New York this summer. I figured that if he was doing a world tour, surely he’d make a stop in New York, but nothing was guaranteed. But last Thursday, I was in the library computer lab, checking paulmccartney.com just to see if there was any news, and I saw THE ANNOUNCEMENT. I must have sat there for a few minutes with my mouth gaping open, quietly (because it was in the library!) saying, “Oh my God, oh my God, it’s happening!” over and over again. I’m surprised the librarians didn’t notice. Maybe they also like Paul McCartney!

In any event, I quickly texted my mom and told all of my friends the news. I could barely concentrate for the rest of the day, because really, arithmetic sequences just don’t compare to a Paul McCartney concert at a theater near you. I was ecstatic, of course, but the real test of actually getting the tickets was still ahead. See, Paul’s concerts normally sell out in about 5 minutes, 10 if you’re lucky. And even though there was a presale for registered members of his website, which I am, a part of me was thinking, “Don’t get ahead of yourself. You don’t actually have the tickets yet. You might not be able to get them.” But most of me was thinking, “I MIGHT BE ABLE TO SEE PAUL LIVE IN LESS THAN TWO MONTHS!”

Friday Morning = T-Day. Ticket Day. Before school, I quickly briefed my mom on the presale thing and told her that 9 am, and not a minute later, was when they went on sale. I then went off to school, nervous but very, very excited. I waited very impatiently until lunch rolled around and I could text my mom without getting in trouble from a teacher. And then I saw that I already had a text from her, and it said, to paraphrase slightly, “We got tickets!”. I was over the moon.

That was a day and a half ago, and I’m still over the moon. On June 10th, I will be in the presence of Sir Paul McCartney, hearing him sing the songs that he wrote that make me so happy. Wow. I can’t wait! This sounds weird, but I think seeing him live will confirm for me that he’s actually a real person, because admiring him via Youtube and TV is not the same thing as actually seeing him in person. He almost seems like some mythical, larger-than-life legend to me at this point.
Anyway, tomorrow to celebrate what I’m unofficially dubbing “Paul Weekend,” I’ll be doing a post listing my top 10 Paul McCartney solo songs. I hope he performs them at the concert!
I also apologize for my excessive use of Caps Lock in this post. But, some things warrant an excessive use of Caps Lock, and I think this is one of them. So, one last time… PAULIE BABY, I’M COMING TO SEE YOU!!!! I LOVE YOU, YEAH YEAH YEAH!!!!!!!! 🙂

The Macca Report- April 2013

I’m sorry that I haven’t posted in about a week, but I’m back with some very important news on the subject of Sir Paul McCartney! A lot has been going on in Paul-land recently, including the fact that he’s releasing a new album in the near future. But most importantly, as I reported a while ago, he’s going on tour this summer!!! So far, he’s announced dates in Poland, Austria, Italy, Brazil, and the U.S. No stops in New York as of yet, but I’m sure he’ll come to the Empire State at some point. Here’s a link to the most recently updated list of tour dates on paulmccartney.com:
http://www.paulmccartney.com/live/27468-out-there

Since he’s coming to Boston and Washington D.C., both of which are on the east coast of the US, I have very high hopes for a concert in NY!!! If I’m able to actually see Paul live this summer, even if I’m hundreds of rows from the stage, I’ll surely be in shock and will probably scream my voice out of my throat with excitement. When more dates are announced, I’ll do another post, so stay tuned for more Paul updates in the near future!

Also, the 1976 movie Rock Show, a documentary about the Paul McCartney & Wings tour from that summer, is being released on DVD and in theaters in a limited release May 15th and 16th. I hope it comes to a theater near you! (and me… I’ve never seen it, but I really want to!)

Finally, this isn’t really Paul news, but a couple of interviews of Paul with Howard Stern that I found on Youtube recently. He’s so relaxed in these interviews, much more so than usual. Enjoy!

For some reason, watching Paul basically get asked whether he and John were ever a couple made me feel kind of awkward, and Paul does look slightly uncomfortable during that part of the video. But, he handles it well, and if he says that John wasn’t gay, I believe him. Paul would probably know better than just about anyone else.

Paul McCartney: “You’ve got to love Ringo.” 🙂
I agree, even if Ringo won’t sign any fan mail. I still love Ringo! Also, Paul’s impression of Ringo saying peace and love is really funny. I thought I had a good Ringo impression, but Paul’s clearly got me beat. And I’m okay with that!

I don’t think I really need to explain why I love this video. You’ve got to watch it! But I must say that Paul dancing to his own songs is hilarious. This further proves my point that Paul was and still is the best dancer in the Beatles. Paul rocks!!!

Well, that’s all for today. Have a fab week! Keep your fingers crossed for upcoming Paul McCartney concerts!!!

PAUL MCCARTNEY IS TOURING THE WORLD IN 2013!!!!!

I know I rarely post during the school week, but there was a very important development in the Beatle world today.
Drum roll please… Yes, it’s true, Paul is starting a new tour this summer!!!! I was absolutely delighted to read this article on his website this morning before I went to school. It definitely made the day better.
Here’s the most recent article on his new tour, which is called “Out There!”
http://www.paulmccartney.com/news-blogs/news/27467-vienna-date-added-to-out-there-tour

Even though his only two confirmed dates are in Europe, I’m crossing my fingers and praying that he returns to the U.S. at some point, preferably to the New York area. If he comes within 200 miles of Long Island on his tour, I’m determined to find a way to go!
That’s assuming that I can actually get tickets, which isn’t a given because his concerts have sold out in as little as 6 minutes. Yikes. My chances don’t look too good. But I’m staying positive and hoping that the presale feature on paulmccartney.com will give me an advantage in getting tickets to a possible concert.
It’s funny because I’ve been so preoccupied lately with the rumors of the Rolling Stones tour in 2013 that I completely forgot about the possibility of Paul touring this year, so for me, this announcement came out of nowhere. Even though I’m trying not to get ahead of myself, I really can’t wait for the possibility that I MIGHT get to see Paul live this year!!!!

On a completely different note, today marks 44 years since John Lennon and Yoko Ono got married. I’d be willing to bet that if John was alive today, they’d still be married.

Okay, that’s all for today! If any more tour dates get announced, I’ll post a link here. Good luck to all of Paul’s fans hoping to see him live this year!