Last Night: Sir Paul McCartney at Minute Maid Park

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Sir Paul McCartney
Minute Maid Park
November 14, 2012

SLIDESHOW: Beatlemania: Paul McCartney Plays Minute Maid Park


Seeing Paul McCartney live is a lot of things. It's communing with a spirit that touched millions and will touch millions for as long as humanity lurches forward. It's hearing the old schmaltzy bedrock anthems and the proto-everything blasts that made the past 50 years of music so damned interesting.

And it's also about witnessing a man who, even at 70, can still rip a crowd a new anal opening with a flick of his wrist and a mischievous wink.

Wednesday night's McCartney gig at Minute Maid Park could have been his last in Houston ever. That's a reality that had its bony hand on my shoulder all day before the show and during the whole night.

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Starting at 9 p.m. sharp and running close to midnight, McCartney's set was an exhibition of the past 50 years of pop and everything that is hopefully to come.

And would you believe that the man nary took a drink of water, rushed off stage for a costume change, an oxygen treatment, or an instrumental break for two hours? Even still his energy levels were off the charts, for anyone of any age.

Maybe he really did die in 1966 and was replaced by a robot.

Things kicked off with "Magical Mystery Tour" with a haze of stage fog. The show did begin a bit subdued to be honest, which was at first terrifying but when your set is close to 40 songs long (he played 37 Wednesday) it's not a race, it's a jog.

The mixture of Beatles and Wings material was genius and seamless, and truth be told it actually seemed like the crowd around me reacted to the Wings work with more excitement and gusto than the Fab Four stuff.

I swear the loudest cheers I heard were not for "Yesterday" or "Let It Be," but for "Maybe I'm Amazed." I can't explain that.

The McCartney performance tics we have all grown up with are still pumping right along: The head bob, the head nod, the coos in the right places, the knowing winks and smiles. The Höfner bass. His veteran backing band was also able to turn on a dime with him and has mastered every possible nuisance of the Beatles/Wings canon.

McCartney peppered his goofball stage banter ("How-Stun? Hugh-ston?") with old war stories about his famous friends, that fraternity of rock gods.


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Minute Maid Park

501 Crawford, Houston, TX

Category: General


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donnas7
donnas7

Sir Paul Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. A concert not to be forgotten. Life really is good.

cbrishton1
cbrishton1

This was such a great show! Great review - nailed it good, Craig. Yep, he's been on my bucket list since 1964 - hope I can play musical instruments and sing at least as well as I do now when I'm 70.  I sat near the top with my brother (both of us nursing 50 + year old sore knees), but still worth all the climb and crowds.

Fred
Fred

Good show, good review. Any word on why the staffing levels were so inadequate at the venue? The line to get in on Crawford  Street went literally half way around the stadium. We got to the door and there were only 4 people scanning tickets. The lines inside were not much better. It's my understand that the crowds was smaller than a sold out baseball game (I know old days) seems like Jim Crane was making a buck.

As for the concert, my only complaint was that there was not a good flow, would it have killed them to play two songs back to back without pausing to thank the crowd, and wave his guitar etc..

thankyoupaul
thankyoupaul

Great review. His band was fun too very playful. I had no idea Blackbird was dedicated to the civil rights movement. Can we do this again tonight?

johnya
johnya

Loved the show last night and loved the review.

Jesse Sendejas
Jesse Sendejas

what an excellent, excellent review. aside from extolling the wonder of it all, baby, i enjoyed the shout out to fire for being cool and the unanticipated butmuch appreciated crushing of one of rrock's most insufferable frontmen, the former American Idol judge. kudos

Jake Rawls
Jake Rawls

I was there as well and agree with just about everything you wrote. My only lament is paying extra for floor seats, when it looked like some people in the stands had a better view than I did.

Creg Lovett
Creg Lovett

It was far, far better than I thought it would be.

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

Awesome review Craig! Really makes me wish I could have gone.

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