Paul McCartney: Freshen Up concert 2019

Welcome to our first concert review! My Mom, Sister and I had the rare privilege to see Paul McCartney in concert at Dodger Stadium for the last show of his current tour. Some of you might not know who he is, but he was in a band called the Beatles (as well as a few other popular ones). Some of you might also not know who the Beatles are, but they were possibly the most influential rock/pop band of all time, still influencing musicians (and the music industry) more than 50 years later.

What I liked:

  • Paul is 77, yet he still feels like a “rock star”, engaging the audience with a lively stage presence and performance, mixing vocals and guitar solos with lots of humor and some deep memories.
  • Speaking of engaging, he encourages the audience to sing along. I bet it feels incredible to hear 60,000 people sing along to music you helped create.
  • The set was a good balance of some of the Beatles’ hits, his solo hits, hits with other bands and some of his newer and catchy gems.
  • My Mom and I joked that I would be the youngest person there, but there were people of all ages, from senior citizens to children under 10.
  • I even caught some of those people singing some of the songs after the concert was over. That’s power. That’s influence.
  • His band did fantastic work, especially the drummer who was very animated.
  • During their performance of Live and Let Die, they had fireworks, explosions and balls of fire going off. It was amazing. After the show, an usher told us that Dodger Stadium cannot have pyrotechnics after 10:30pm or else they get fined. This makes sense, as Dodger Stadium is controversially embedded in between a residential and commercial area. The usher then told us that Paul informed the stadium that Live and Let Die would be played (with pyro) after 10:30pm, and that he would pay any fines the stadium received. ROCK. STAR.
  • When the group came out to perform the encore, they came out brandishing four flags: the U.S. flag, the U.K. flag, California’s flag and also the Pride flag. It was a nice moment, displaying the concert as a safe place for all people.
  • I’m sure you’ve had friends post pictures, or maybe you read it on the internet, but yes Ringo Starr did come out to play a couple of songs during the encore, including a pulsing performance of Helter Skelter. Joe Walsh of the Eagles also came out and slammed a guitar solo during the show’s final performance.
  • The music started at 8:30pm and didn’t end until midnight. At around 3 1/2 hours, that is the longest concert I’ve ever been to. Keep in mind, the man is 77 years old and at no point during that time did he seem out of it. Shoot, the wait between the encore was only about 3-5 minutes.
  • I mention in the opening summary how I felt privileged to even be at the show. But what makes it an even bigger privilege is that I got to see it with my Mom and Sister. It really added to the overall wonderful experience.
  • My Mom grew up in the 60s, and like many people her age, the Beatles are her favorite band of all time. Getting the opportunity to take her to this Icon’s concert, and watching her dance, was purely sublime. My Dad would’ve had a giant smile on his face.

What I disliked:

  • That my phone’s camera sucks, and that it also ran out of space to take more blurry concert videos. Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

Overall: A pop-music icon delivering the most enchanting performance that I also got to experience with my family equals the greatest concert experience I’ve ever had.

Jose Zuazua is editor-in-chief of Quick Lunch Break Reviews. He has an associates degree in film production & is the host of the A Little Drive Podcast. He’s on Twitter & Instagram.

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