Repost on Mike's orders..
I was only moderately looking forward to tonight's concert in Dublin (Ireland not Montana...)- I've seen him 3 times before, always the same songs, i have what he is going to say and the setlist off by heart, is voice is gone, the tickets were really expensive..... but i decided to go along seeing as he was basically across the street from me and i'd be a lousy fan if i didn't head in - THANK F**** I didn't listen to the little voice in my head!!! An old hell's angel with a tatoo on his nose was in floods of tears at the end and said "that was lifechanging!"...cheesy as that sounds it kinda was. I spent most of the concert handing tissues to two girls either side of me, pretending I was unmoved, it was a serious emotional rollercoaster! There was such an amazing atmosphere from the minute he started. His voice was flawless (....i'm a serious critic of his croakiness....) and I, over 40 years younger than him, was tired out from watching him bound around the stage! And for the first time ever I could actually clearly hear his bass playing. For Highway he announced "and now a song from Fireman" and loads of people started running out for a drink - and most stopped on the stairs and turned in their tracks when they heard it. A surprise highlight of the night was I want to come home - Its not a song that particularly excited me but after "My Love" it contrasted so well his life as a newlywed in the 70s with him now as a widower. It was really touching and got a huge response from the crowd (who were basically insane...). For "something" Paul jokingly started "leaning on a lamppost" and the audience freakily knew the words and he ended up singing most of it along with them. For My Love he welcomed Henry McCullough to the concert and he was picked out by the spotlights and got a huge round of applause. Paul gave the best rendition of Let It Be ever for which he got a standing ovation - and people didn't really bother sitting down after that! From the first note of Magical Mystery Tour to him getting hit on the shoulder by a teddy bear as he signed autographs at the end it was the most magical 3 hrs since, well when I first saw him. THe worst thing about a Macca concert is always "...is equal to the love you make.." because it really is depressing that its over this could be the last note you'll hear from him live again.... hopefully we'll see him next time as he always promises.
Its amazing - I was mocked the first time i went to see him live in 2002, "he's old, cheesy "Sir thumbs aloft" who wears runners with suits and says things like "lets rock and roll and stomp and stroll all the way to EEEDDDINBURGGHHH....""....I think from his incessant touring of late people are actually seeing how amazing he is, as everyone this time was pi***d off that i managed to get tickets (which impressively sold out in 15 mins)!!