June 22, 2007

McCartney in NYC

Michael Falco for The New York Times

Last Wednesday (June 13), Paul McCartney performed for 90 minutes on stage at the Highline Ballroom for an audience who heard about the show only a day or two before. The gig was obviously a promotion for his new album, Memory Almost Full, and he put on the same show at a club in London the week before. He has not announced plans for any kind of actual tour.

From the The New York Times review:

The onlooker’s stupid reflex, after decades of Beatlesology and Paul-versus-John studies, is to scrutinize Mr. McCartney for honesty, whatever that is. But all he had to do was play a few songs alone with guitar—”Blackbird” and “I’ll Follow the Sun”— and he seemed as guileless as the next guy. Later, alone at the piano, he sang “Here Today,” an elegiac song he wrote after John Lennon’s death, and dedicated it to “our fallen heroes: John, George and Linda.”

When he finished, he stopped the flow of his own efficiency, and thought out loud. “It’s good to play that song in the town John loved,” he said. “And where Linda was born in. And where we played the Ed Sullivan show.”

You've seen McCartney's iTunes + iPod ad to promote his catalog becoming available? I look at it as being a sort of psychedelic walk through Pepperland (the Liverpool of his childhood, at least), whilst singing his new single:

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