I just finished watching Paul McCartney on Letterman. The man played to thousands of people on the streets of New York from the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater. That’s so cool. After all of these years, the showman is still goin’.
I have to admit that Paul was never my favorite Beatle. George was the one for me back when you had to have a fave Fab. And, even now, I really miss and mourn the loss of him and John. It’s just so sad and so untimely that half of that group is gone on too soon. But, there’s Paul doin’ his thing, belting out the songs and playing like he’s a teenager. I know Ringo’s out there too, but, just like it was they was, Paul’s the front of the stage guy.
Looking at Paul during the interview segment, there were glimpses of that twenty something kid from the 60’s. A raised eyebrow or a sideways glance, just to let us know that, hey, he’s Paul. He was a Beatle. I know that’s not how he bills himself but, no one else in the world can make that claim except for Richie. Only two other men in this universe ever understood what it required to be part of that band, that madness. That they survived it is an amazing feat. That they might have had some trauma as a result of it, totally understandable. Now that we can read all about it in the hundreds (thousands?) of books out there on the subject, it’s a miracle that they turned out to be even relatively sane people.
I’m trying to think of any other 68 year old musician who could draw a crowd like Sir Paul did tonight in New York, or anyplace, for that matter. It will be interesting to hear the numbers when they’re calculated. It’s great. I’m glad he did it, and I’m glad people were there to say, by their presence, that it matters.
I love the Beatles’ music, and the personalities that made them the most interesting, fantastic group to ever show up on a stage or record an album. That’s my opinion, but it’s shared by so many people out there that I’m not going out on much of a limb by saying it. The Beatles, whether by design or serendipity, changed our world, and they certainly revolutionized popular music at a time when it needed something vital to give it life. Paul was correct when he said that people would be listening to their music a hundred years later. We’re nearly halfway there. I don’t see it slowing down.