Paul McCartney rocks the Dome: Matt's Memo
On an unusually steamy late September night in the Carrier Dome, the legendary musician played every bit of the humble rock star he has been for 55 years. Paul McCartney pulled on all of his stage talents: telling stories, moving the crowd and showing mastery of his craft. After three hours of singing, playing and showing his sense of cheeky sense of humor he said to the crowd, "At some point we have to go home."
McCartney and his world class band had scraped the cream off the top of his vast library of compositions. He admitted to the people of Syracuse that he knows they always like the Beatles tunes better than his newer ones, but he likes to put a few of them in their anyway. He hopped from hit to hit. "Can't Buy Me Love" and "All My Loving". "Jet" and "Maybe I"m Amazed". "Let It Be" and "Yesterday".
McCartney strapped on his trademark bass strung for the left hander. He also played solo acoustic guitar, a few leads on electric, piano for some of his classics and even a ukulele in tribute to his mate George Harrison in a memorable rendition of "Something". He also gave praise to John Lennon before performing the composition in his memory "Here Today".
Late in the concert, perhaps the evening's most sentimental moment came when McCartney's people brought an 18 year old girl to the stage. She carried a sign that read, "I just turned 18. You know what I mean..." It turned out she had recently recovered from an illness. A photo of Paul got her through a lengthy hospital stay. Meeting and hugging Paul nearly knocked her out. He signed her arm with a Sharpie including a permanent 'heart'. Her knees nearly buckled. The same feeling felt by so many young women and girls more than 50 years ago when the Beatles first hit the Ed Sullivan Theatre in America.
The band wrapped with the lovely harmony of "The End". "And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make." Sir Paul McCartney thanked the audience for the love they have given him. He and his band gave it right back tonight.
Next stop: Long Island and the Nassau Coliseum.