Monday, July 25, 2011

Jumping Forward 50 Years...

July 24, ????

50 years ago yesterday, Paul McCartney and the rest of the Beatles played once again at Litherland Town Hall, arguably, the birthplace of Beatlemania.  Last night, he played with his own band and filled a baseball stadium in Detroit with 30,000 plus ecstatic fans.  I was one of 'em, and let me tell you (as if you didn't know), he's still got it!

A special  thing he did last night was to pull out "Hitchhike", a Marvin Gaye song written just about 50 years ago. He and his band did a smokin' version of it in tribute to Motown, which was a major influence on the developing Beatles 50 years ago.  It was a bit of a time warp to listen to him do that song last night (and it was obviously done with a lot of  love.)  Really jerked me back to the 10 year old kid in me, who at that time was just discovering the power of music that would be tapped so irresistably by the band from Liverpool.  50 years ago their audiences were just sampling the first fruits of that memorable season.  Last night we tasted of some of the last.  Delicious!  Thank you, Paul.

Even McCartney has sound system problems, sometimes - but  stick with it, they do get through the song... eventually    :)

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