Sunday, July 6, 2014

Paul McCartney Bounces Back In Albany

Times-Union photo
McCartney (Times-Union)
After a viral infection sidelined him in Japan, forcing him to postpone a dozen Asian and U.S. concerts, Paul McCartney launched the current U.S. leg of his Out There tour at the relatively intimate confines of the 17,000-seat Times Union Center in albany, NY on Saturday night in front of a jam-packed house, according to the Times-Union.

Having celebrated his 72nd birthday just last month, the cute Beatle exhibited no health concerns at all during his three-hour performance that found him mesmerizing the adoring fans with a sprawling set of more than three dozen songs from the most influential songwriter of the rock era - culled primarily from his Beatles catalog, but also from his tenure with Wings and his solo career.

The show ran the gamut from heavy rockers like "Let Me Roll It" to a solo rendition of "Blackbird" to a varied batch of love songs – from the claves 'n bongos samba of "And I Love Her" to the raw-throated roar of "Maybe I'm Amazed."

McCartney dutifully served up the requisite blockbuster hits "Hey Jude," "The Long and Winding Road" and "Let It Be" and never down-shifted into auto-pilot. And the crowd kept the energy up all night long, eagerly singing and clapping along.

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 The show even included an onstage marriage proposal by a Rochester, NY couple.

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