Updated as they’re uploaded to flickr.
I saw McCartney over 15 years ago at Soldier Field with the parents and it was one of the greatest concerts I ever saw. Amazingly, at age 67, Sir Paul the Macca was as on top of his game as ever last night at the desert music festival on the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio. He hit nearly all the high notes and many of those are high high high. Over 2.5 hours McCartney and his band played 35 songs. Wow. Standouts were “The End,” “Helter Skelter,” and “Live and Let Die.” See the awesome videos shot below by YouTube user mwillie70. Here’s the setlist via the OC Register:
There’s a ton of blather from me about to go up about his deeply moving performance, largely a tribute to his late wife Linda on the 11th anniversary of her death from breast cancer. Read all about that shortly. But the power of the set list speaks for itself …
Main set: Jet / Drive My Car / Only Mama Knows / Flaming Pie / Got to Get You Into My Life / Let Me Roll It (with a coda of Purple Haze) / Honey Hush / Highway / The Long and Winding Road / My Love / Blackbird / Here Today / Dance Tonight / Calico Skies / Mrs. Vanderbilt / Eleanor Rigby / Sing the Changes / Band on the Run / Back in the U.S.S.R. / Something / I’ve Got a Feeling / Paperback Writer / A Day in the Life > Give Peace a Chance / Let It Be / Live and Let Die / Hey Jude
First encore: Birthday / Can’t Buy Me Love / Lady Madonna
Second encore: Yesterday / Helter Skelter / Get Back / Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) -> The End
Hard to be as ambitious as I was for most of the 2008 season — that was just too draining, especially having witnessed the final nine innings first hand at Dodger Stadium.
But from the looks of Ramirez’s reaction to the question here — maybe it is? maybe it ain’t?
Either way, very excited for the regular season, beginning Monday night in Houston.
Check out the photos I took last week on my first-ever trip to HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Arizona for spring training. It was a great weekend! Great pics as well, thanks to Lisa’s awesome camera.
South by Southwest is upon us, and while i’m likely not going to be there for 9 days this time, I will be there for Interactive, Thursday thru Tuesday. Amid all the excitement, panels, parties, and more parties it can be difficult to meet up with everyone I’d like to, so please hit me up if you’re going to be there so we can connect. I’m especially interested in discussing upcoming projects I’m working on at Live Earth and the many ways you can get involved as a partner, friend, or otherwise.
Below is the overbooked schedule of events that i’m interested in but won’t be able to make it to without cloning myself (via sched.org):