October 13, 2014
American Airlines Center
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Elaine McAfee Bender
McCartney Brings Back The Big Show To Big 'D'
housands of fans were FINALLY able to use those tickets dated June 16, when Paul McCartney was originally scheduled to play the American Airlines Center in Dallas before illness forced him to take a break and reschedule for October. Fortunately, McCartney recovered from his flu and hit the ground running in August! Such a demanding tour schedule would be difficult for any entertainer, no matter their age, but McCartney appears to actually enjoy this rigorous life style and be energized by performing night after night!
It has certainly been a banner year for McCartney since I last saw him in May, 2013. He won Grammy awards for co-writer of Best Rock Song "Cut Me Some Slack" and for Best Music Film "Live Kisses." The Beatles were awarded the Life Time Achievement Award, and fans were delighted to see Paul and Ringo Starr reunite to perform at the Grammy show. February 9, 2014 was the 50th anniversary of The Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, an event that launched Beatlemania in this country and forever changed the way people everywhere listen to rock music. McCartney will always be remembered as "the cute one" to this reviewer, who had the opportunity to actually see the Beatles live in concert in 1964 and 1965. Old nostalgia and new music (McCartney's CD titled "New") added to the excitement of the 2014 leg of the Out There Tour.
Monday's concert was a sell-out and the crowd was just as demonstrative of their love for Paul McCartney as any show of his I have attended in the past few decades (and I have lost count of just exactly how many!). McCartney and band members Rusty Anderson, Abe Laboriel Jr., Paul "Wix" Wickens and Brian Ray have been touring together since 2002 and are indeed a tight band of well rehearsed musicians who blend together beautifully with all eras of Paul's material.
The show opened with "Eight Days a Week," accompanied by a roaring stadium of cheers, applause, fists pounding the air, audience on their feet, dancing and singing along. McCartney STILL has that effect on fans of all ages and generations. The second song was "Save Us" from the NEW CD, followed by "All My Lovin'," "What the People Say," and crowd pleaser "Let Me Roll It." Guitars were frequently being switched out, but McCartney noted that he was playing the very same guitar for "Paperback Writer" that he used to record that original song. "My Valentine" was dedicated to his wife of three years, Nancy, who was there at the show.
Paul switched to the piano for "Nineteen Hundred Eighty Five" and "The Long and Winding Road." "Maybe I'm Amazed" never fails to bring a tear to my eye. "I wrote this one for Linda," says McCartney, and the videos roll of Paul and Linda with the kids. His voice cracking ever so slightly, I couldn't help but wonder if Paul was a bit overcome with emotion, or perhaps a little fatigued. I kept my box of Kleenex out for "Something," his tribute to George Harrison, and "Here Today" for John, being reminded by Paul himself that we should never put off telling our friends and loved ones how we feel while we have the chance.
McCartney didn't let me down and included my favorite, "I've Just Seen a Face," as well as Beatle classics "We Can Work It Out," "Blackbird," "Eleanor Rigby," "Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite," "Lovely Rita," "Lady Madonna," "Let It Be," "Hey Jude," "Back in the USSR," and "Day Tripper." "Queenie Eye," "New," and "Everybody Out There" from the NEW album were added. Fun sing-alongs were "All Together Now" and "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da." Wings fans appreciated "Hi Hi Hi," "Band on the Run," "My Love," and "It's Just Another Day." The usual pyrotechnics accompanied "Live and Let Die," and the light show and videos were a big part of the enjoyment of this concert.
Encores included "Yesterday," "Helter Skelter," and "Golden Slumbers/The End," during which we sang along with the finale: "Love you, Love you!" "In the end the love you take is equal to the love you make." As the band took their final bow, an explosion of confetti was shot into the audience. Just under 3 hours of non-stop music, and I am wondering how in the world he does it!
The Out There Tour started May 4, 2013 and will end November 25, 2014. If you have not yet seen the show and get the chance, I would highly recommend that you do so. No one, but NO ONE, puts on a show like this legend, which is Sir Paul McCartney! Who knows how many more tours are in Paul's future, so see him while you can. As the 37-year-old dad sitting next to me with his wife and 2-year-old daughter said, "I grew up on my parents' Beatles music and have been a Paul fan ever since. My little girl sings along to his songs and I wanted her to be able to tell her friends one day that she saw Paul McCartney live!" The man just has that effect on people.