Paul McCartney has been traveling around the world on his “Up and Coming Tour” this year. Because of a job I took in Lawrence, KS, I had the amazing opportunity of seeing Paul McCartney perform at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO on Saturday, July 24. I had amazing seats on the floor about 30 rows away from my musical role model and first love, Sir James Paul McCartney.The concert was everything I hoped it would be; his childish banter and energy kept me laughing, while the emotion in songs such as “Here Today” and “Something” made me cry, as he dedicated them to the late John Lennon and George Harrison, respectively.
He played many Beatles’ songs like “Ob La Di Ob La Da,” “All My Loving,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Hey Jude,” “Let It Be,” and many others. He played music he wrote in Wings, such as “Jet,” “Band on the Run,” and of course, a fire-filled “Live and Let Die.” He even played a few songs from his solo career; “Dance Tonight” was specifically used to lift a melancholy move after dedicating “My Love” to his late wife, Linda.
I have never met nicer people than those attending the sold-out concert in Kansas City. I sat next to a woman, Katie, who told me how she saw the Beatles perform in San Diego, CA, in 1965. When I screamed as he came on stage and jumped up and down as he played, she smiled at me and said, “You remind me of me 35 years ago.” Although Katie may have gotten the better end of the deal, having seen The Beatles in their prime, Paul McCartney played an awe-inspiring three-hour set that did not show his 68 year-old age.
As has been tradition with this tour, he ended the concert with “The End,” with ever-fitting lyrics, “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”