Concert Review: Paul McCartney at the Air Canada Centre

With only 5 dates on the tour, Toronto was super lucky that Paul McCartney made a stop at The Air Canada Centre for the Out There Tour!

 

Growing up with Beatles music, I’ve been a fan since I was a very young age. The band may have been in it’s prime long before I was born, but they changed the world. To this day, the Beatles remain one of the most influential bands of all time – and I still can’t even fathom that I got to see 1/4 of the iconic music group perform some of my favourite songs live.

 

After listening to McCartney play a 3 hour, 41 song set it becomes quite hard to believe that he is 73 years old. The legend showed no signs of slowing down during his performance. He looked great, sounded great, and he can still play a mean guitar. With so many hits to chose from, McCartney’s setlist was loaded with some new songs (including “FourFiveSeconds”), some Wings’ songs, and of course, some of his staple Beatles tunes. From “Blackbird” and “Paperback Writer”, to “Band on the Run” and “Live and Let Die”, there are way too many highlights to choose from. However, the nostalgia really hit me during “Hey Jude,” “Let It Be,” and “Yesterday.”

 

McCartney spoke very highly of his former band members throughout the night, constantly telling stories, and mentioning how certain songs came to be. He wrote a song about John Lennon after he was killed called “Here Today,” and performed it stating that it was about the conversation that he’d wished they’d had before he passed – it gave me goosebumps! He also played “Something” as a tribute to George Harrison, starting it off on a ukulele that was given to him by Harrison (who was also a talented ukulele player), and ending it with the whole band.

 

I’ve always said that I wish I could have been alive to witness “Beatlemania.” How incredible would it have been to watch a band take over the world before social media existed? The Beatles made history – and I think it would have been incredible to be a part of it. Thanks to Paul McCartney, for 3 hours I felt like I was somehow a part of that crazy era. It was truly an experience I will never forget.

 

 

 

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