The Dodger Dogs were doing a robust business Saturday night during the appearance of Paul McCartney in the stadium that shares the name of the delicacy. He is not one of those artists who tries to impose dietary restrictions on the places he plays, if that was possible in the circuit of stadiums in a rarefied stadium. Neither food nor any kind of health regime emerged as a subject while joking with the crowd. Nonetheless, it was the best 170-minute commercial that ever had meat, implicitly, as 57,000 attendees, mostly younger, scratched their heads in shared amazement of how they could also achieve a rather unsafe three-hour show, or whatever its most common equivalent would be – when they reach 77, see the superstar in all its vegetarian combat aspects.
It was not just McCartney who was stilt free. That could be said for the set of 38 songs, which flew by as if launched in half an hour, something we promise never to say about the set of 38 songs of any other person, if we ever meet another, because it will not be true food and merchandise lines were ridiculously long before the show because anyone who had done some kind of recognition knew that it would be three hours without interruptions to go to the bathroom, that is, without any change of wardrobe (McCartney joked, as always makes to remove the jacket was the only one, but also without any trace of duff.If someone had written the equivalent of one of those articles of "When can you go to the bathroom during the new movie of" The Avengers? "… well, it is possible who have written "Come On to Me", or one of the other fiveS t The songs of the century spread among the classics, but they would have been wrong. When you have the partner who is the singularly polyvalent artist in the history of popular music that passes through the city, as Steven Tyler would say, you will not want to miss anything.
However, there is an inevitable sense of disappointment that accompanies any McCartney tour, perhaps especially now that we can reasonably ask how many more he has left. Yes, disappointment. (Save the hairpins.) It encourages you to populate the hours before the showtime inside a stadium with a DJ set of your own. other the best (and some not so good) hits – literally hundreds of songs loved by someone, if not the world, that will not play later that night. And so, the hardcore fan is left thinking: "Damn, I guess that Big Barn Bed on the Palestinian Authority means he will not celebrate the recent relaunch of the luxury of Red Rose Speedway & # 39; in this program? " That's exactly what it means, and the odds that we'll ever get the full album tour "Back to the Egg" that we've been waiting for also diminish every day. The less hardcore fan may also notice that not only does the McCartney show have not much space for really deep cuts, but it also leaves no room for some of the less profound ones that are being eliminated, as in this tour, "Yesterday." But probably do not realize until the next day, three aggressive hours of pop greatness have a way of making you forget one or two expectations.
Much of the series fell in line with what McCartney fans expect, although no big surprises are needed, it was a happy occasion when they arrived. Nothing had deviated from the established list, but McCartney is accumulating a good track record now for those who could appear to help in "Helter Skelter" in the encore segment. In Las Vegas, on June 28, it was Tyler, who took a night off from the Aerosmith residence to sit down. At Dodger Stadium, it was Ringo Starr, who took a free night of not be a beatle so he could help half of the reform of the band by playing the drums both in that and in "Sgt." Pepper & # 39; s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise). "It was difficult to really hear what had been recorded in the drum kit that had been saved for Starr in the constant rhythm that the drummer of the tour Abraham Laboriel Jr. was throwing, but at least he could see Ringo, smiling a storm and seeming to want to renew the blisters he had worked on when he was filming For the first time, "Skelter", despite his limited time to do it, there were at least a few people in his hand, who were climbing the division of eighty-something fans, who had seen Ringo and Paul the last time they played together at Dodger Stadium, in 1966, in what turned out to be the next Beatles player. "-the last show I did not have to be there, then, of course, to find this meeting deeply sentimental, and to get excited about the fact that s and spent on two rockers as unsentimental as the repetition of "Pepper" and "Helter Skelter". "Bono stole (okay, borrowed) that song, and finally the goddamn Beatles were stealing it again. (For more information about Starr's appearance, including the video, read our account here.)
The other guest was Ringo's brother-in-law, Joe Walsh, who came out as one of the three guitarists recreating the part of "The End" where McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison took turns making two-barrel guitar solos. There was a bit of nonsense about who would really be shattered when, since, as McCartney admitted immediately after the unproven cameo, "we had no idea what we were doing."
That was not something I could have said of any other moment in the show. The McCartney fans in Southern California who saw him in Desert Trip in 2016 or right here at Dodger Stadium had perhaps a better idea of what stories to expect and what songs to expect. At one point, when presenting "Back in the USSR" with a reminder of the meeting with the Russian military when he and his band played in the country for the first time, McCartney even acknowledged that "some of you have heard this before," but he supposed that most of them were newcomers. You could debate that demographic data, although there was certainly a strong participation of "Take your son (or grandchild) to Beatlechurch!". But if you're a fan, you've probably learned to love the reiteration of these anecdotes almost as if they were 45 years old and want to put back: General Russkie who thought he had learned "Hello, goodbye" as a true American greeting George's love for the ukulele led Paul to develop a cover driven by the uke of "Something" for these contemporary tours as a tribute; how George Martin asked him to sing the chorus of "Love Me Do" instead of John and can still hear "the quiver in my voice" on the recording; How he saw Jimi Hendrix cover "Sergeant Pepper" and detune his guitar doing it, just a couple of days after he left, how "Blackbird" was a secret anthem of civil rights, how "Here Today" was written as I-love-you-man's statement that he should have had the presence of mind to tell Lennon before his death.The last lesson does not really age, for an audience that now has the experience that many loved ones perish in circumstances less tragic than Lennon's.
Some other things do not get old either, like the short and funny story that McCartney gave of "In Spite of All the Danger", a song that he recorded before the Beatles with the Quarrymen (interpreted here as part of a band almost completely acoustic interlude ). He talked about how there was a copy of the tape that had to circulate among the members of the band, and the last guy who had it "held for 20 years" and finally sold it to McCartney at "a very inflated price". "Speaking, in these times of Swift-ian, of a long history of not having control of one's teachers.
By the way: "In spite of all the danger", now there is a deep cut (recorded in 1958!). So maybe we cheated a little about the lack of less omnipresent material in the McCartney set. Although there was nothing else that could be considered half-dark, the Wings fans had reason to be satisfied with how loaded the set was with the selections of the 70s like "Junior's Farm" and " Letting Go ", the latter of which on the introduction of a section of three-man horns that is used frequently, illuminated from a very distant position in the stadium beams before they were somehow dragged to the stage later.
"Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-five" gave McCartney another chance, in addition to "Lady Madonna", to show how he can do that funky piano, in this case, putting Fats Domino through a minor blender. The two "Let" songs of the mid-70s – "Let's Em" and "Let Me Roll It" – were almost consecutive highlights, although the funniest aspect of "Let & # 39; Em In "it could have been the combination of images from the music band and crowds of silent movies hanging around on the giant screens, while" Let Me Roll It "really sounded like a band in the slow jam discovery mode, solving the changes as if they were understanding the melody in the studio for the first time instead of playing it live for maybe the 500th.
It is also good that McCartney has not forgotten any other album of the current century, in addition to the new one, as the superstars of his class usually do. And so we got "Dance Tonight" from "Memory Almost Full" of 2007, maybe just because Paul really likes to take the mandolin, and who would want to stop it? "Queenie Eye" and "My Valentine" served more as an opportunity to play their respective MTV clips in their entirety, and for you to wonder if Johnny Depp has actually been in more Paul McCartney videos than in the "Pirates of the World" movies Caribbean".
As for the 2018 material, "Who cares" was the strongest of all, with or without the message against bullying attached. (Not to be frivolous, but to be harassed by Lennon and Harrison fans who insist that their guy was the only really enlightened Beatles?) Let's not talk about ageist thugs who think "Come On to Me" is not appropriate for his sensual age for a man of the McCartney years; live, as he reminded himself, was a lovely lark with the strong spirit of "Hello, hello, hello". The "Fuh You" written by Ryan Tedder will always be more polarizing for his fans, but he found a way to make it more special than it could have been. "We think we know what songs you like, because when we make an old Beatles song, all your phones light up," McCartney said when introducing her. "It's like a galaxy of stars, and then when we make a new song, it's like a black hole, but we do not care, we're going to do it anyway." This was a bait of the first order, as a plurality of 56,000 fans turned on their phones during the song. "Okay, you cheated on me, I have a galaxy of stars, beautiful," McCartney said later, not to mention that this tactic has worked on tour almost every night, we may be fools, but it's a good cause.
With the most tried and true oldies, a McCartney show offers the chance to find something new in them, and it's always there, for pop students. For example, did you ever think about how beautiful the bass part is in the quiet opening section of "Band on the Run"? Maybe you did it for the first time, seeing your hands working on giant screens. And there were many moments to admire his particularly melodic twists on his trademark Hofner. But above all, of course, it was their voices that were going to be examined. Do you still have it? Could any rocker who has modeled so much on his initial style in Little Richard, but who also aspired to the heights of the big pre-rock balladeros, possibly still have 77?
No one really wants to rate a McCartney program (or, at this time, a Rolling Stones program) on the age curve, or offer a discount for seniors when it comes to harming greatness. But some of that, or much of that, is inevitable, since we are heading to a new territory for the time we spend in the years when any reasonable person of wealth has retreated, it is still possible to perform epic shows and energetically ridiculous We are getting used to the move of the bar now, but it is worth remembering that, after turning 77, McCartney is only two years away from the moment when the main candidate for the best singer of the 20th Century, Frank Sinatra, had to leave the stage because he could no longer remember or bring the melodies. And with that rule in mind, what we're seeing is a miracle. A miracle fueled by any vegetable that the best chefs and dieticians in the world can offer, perhaps, but a miracle nonetheless.
So the court is pleased to discover that McCartney is still a high-level artist without limits, without any qualification as "good, for a man of his age …". At Dodger Stadium, in regards to their performance level, the audience was in the The 70s, no its 70s. You can look for signs of vocal thinning that is inevitable at a certain point and find it, in isolated places. But it also sounded better than in Desert Trip three years ago. And even if you had that radar set in the way you could be protecting your voice at the end of a tour, there were very few signs that McCartney was half-hearted like a singer who likes to go on stage and howl. There were grunts and chats in the upper register that he could have omitted without anyone complaining … and instead he seemed to add more. Detractors of his live presence can point out the stupid gestures he prefers between the songs in concert while he waits for the applause to go off. (What the hell isImitating those little fools, go-go movements? All these decades later, we can not solve it either.) But his dominant personality is, first of all, generous, from being generous with his established lists, probably to the point of paying overtime hours of curfew once things go by. long. 11, to his refusal to give him anything less than his all as a singer, while making him see effortlessly in the process.
You had to love the small, simple moment in "Maybe it surprises me" when Paul "Wix" Wickens, McCartney's longtime keyboardist, waved his hand through the air as if he were directing his boss's voices through a " whoo-whoo-oo. " Passage in falsetto, which probably makes fun every night. Maybe some night Wix will "drive" McCartney's falsetto and a squawk will come out. But that night was not Saturday, and sure they seemed many years away.
Let's face it: tickets were probably as high as for this sold-out show (on Saturday, the worst seats in the stadium cost $ 300, and anything in the front sections for $ 4,000 or more) in part because the fans think it could be the last time he can travel this level with such enthusiasm. That would not be an unreasonable feeling, historically speaking. But when leaving Dodger Stadium, it was hard not to believe that McCartney will not return in three or four years, being the first great pop to continue being big in a massive and high energy scene in his 80s.
If the passage of time in the next few years required that you reduce your time to two and a half hours, so be it. Meanwhile, we will all be eating our vegetables.