Paul McCartney – San Francisco: August 14 2014

The start of my 3 concerts in 3 cities in 3 days rock and roll extravaganza and what a way to start it than seeing Paul McCartney at Candlestick Park in San Francisco for the “Farewell to candlestick Park” show, the last concert to ever be played at this stadium. This was appropriate, as the Beatles last concert they ever played was at Candlestick Park in August of 1966. Paul wanted to send the place out with a bang, and he did just that.

The show started out with a montage of photographs and short home movies of Paul throughout his life set to some real interesting and unique interpretations of Beatles songs playing as the images roll by on the big screens. The lights go dark for a minute and POW, the band comes out, opening with Eight Days a Week with Paul in one of his distinctive long bright coats. They played an absolute plethora of not only Beatles songs but, of course vintage Wings and current music as well. The set list was certainly extensive spanning the years from the early sixties to present. Back in the U.S.S.R, Live and Let Die (with all the pyrotechnics) and my favorite live Beatles song Hey Jude.

It was great to see so many people of all ages enjoying the show. There were folks around me that were long time Beatle and Paul fans to two small little girls no older than 6 sitting a few sets in front of me. Prior to show beginning, people were talking about their memories of the Beatles, with more than a few who had seen them at the ’66 show. There was also quite a bit of talk and speculation in the crowd that perhaps Ringo Starr would show up and help celebrate, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.

The show went on for a little more than 2 ½ hours with two incredible encores with songs such as Day Tripper, I saw Her Standing There, Yesterday Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight and The End. It was sad for it all to end, but I still have my Beatles record albums to listen anytime I want and these photos that I took to remember the concert by.

Keep making it fresh Paul!

Now, for me it is off to Las Vegas to see Yes, then back home for Aerosmith on Saturday!

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