Sunday, August 2, 2009

To see a Beatle

To see one of the Beatles play live is a dream come true, but that he was still so incredibly good, was even better!

I was expecting British punctuality, but he made us wait: a whole hour and a half! Sir Paul did compensate by giving us almost 3 hours of great music and entertainment. He seemed very down to earth and easy to relate to, as if he didn't have a 40 year long music career filled with money, fame and unprecedented success. He reminded the audience that the first concert The Beatles gave in the United States was in Washington DC. That day, the girls were screaming so loudly that they could not hear themselves play at the Washington Colosseum. Of course that comment got nothing short of an avalanche of screams for him, yet again.

McCartney masterfully combined songs from The Beatles catalog, songs from Wings, and his more recent solo career including his latest CD under the "Fireman" pseudonym. He gave us a wonderful rendition of George's Something played in a ukelele the late singer gave him as a present, and also a song he wrote for Lenon when he died, Here Today. That was the most sentimental moment in the night.

Unexpectedly, we even got some pyrotecnics when he played Live and Let Die. And got got not one, but two encores! Finally sending us home after saying goodbye the Sargent Pepper's way.

I had to pinch myself several times during the evening and til now, I can't stop smiling. This has been without a doubt the best concert of this summer and very possible the best one I've ever seen.

Here is the full Set List from the August1, 2009 concert in Washington DC

1.Drive My Car
3.Only Mama Knows
4.Flaming Pie
5.Got To Get You Into My Life
6.Let Me Roll It / Foxy Lady
8.The Long and Winding Road
9.My Love
12.Here Today
13.Dance Tonight
14.Calico Skies
15.Mrs Vanderbilt
16.Eleanor Rigby
17.Sing the Changes
18.Band on the Run
19.Back in the U.S.S.R.
20.I'm Down
22.I Got A Feeling
23.Paperback Writer
24.A Day In The Life
25.Give Peace A Chance
26.Let It Be
27.Live and Let Die
28.Hey Jude


29.Day Tripper
30.Lady Madonna
31.I Saw Her Standing There

Encore 2:

33.Helter Skelter
34.Get Back
35.Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
36.The End Play Video

I found some good videos online:

Drive My Car ~ video
Let it be
Hey Jude
Elenor Rigby ~video
Get Back ~video
Band on the Run
~ video
Back in the USSR
Day Tripper ~ video
Blackbird ~video
Live and Let Die ~ video

Original Beatles concert in Washington DC 1964 footage

Friday, July 24, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Coming attraction: Falling down a Creepy Rabbit Hole

On July 4th, 2009 Disney released the first images of their future movie "Alice in Wonderland".
As anything created by Tim Burton they have that bizarre, almost twisted but totally unique quality. Not surprisingly, Johnny Depp (as the Mad Hatter) and Helena Bonham Carter (as the Queen of Hearts) work with him in yet another production; this time they are joined by Anne Hathaway and Christopher Lee.
Definitely a very particular take on a classic story, according to USAToday: "The traditional tale has been freshened with a blast of girl power, courtesy of writer Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast). Alice, 17, attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to in front of hundreds of snooty society types. Off she runs, following a white rabbit into a hole and ending up in Wonderland, a place she visited 10 years before yet doesn't remember."

The movie will hit the theaters on March 5th, 2010.
Already, I can't wait!

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Here is an interview with J.Depp about the Mad Hatter

Monday, July 20, 2009

Three was not enough

In keeping with my tradition of winning stuff on the radio, I just landed myself two tickets to go see Depeche Mode next week. It's hilarious because I wouldn't pay to go see them, but a free concert sounds pretty good! Seems like my habit of listening to the Jack Diamond Morning Show has paid off.

I guess three concerts this summer was not enough...

UPDATE: Concert was really interesting. Weird to see the somewhat older crowds, and the bizarre characters on stage. They also had incredible image/multimedia displayed on the screens. Definitely glad I could go, specially for free. :)
Cat, thanks for being such a trouper about all of it.

Video ~ Home
Video ~ Enjoy the Silence
Video ~ It's no good (same tour but this is Montreal a couple of days before)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Summer Concert Series

It has begun... Last night I went to the first out of three memorable concerts I will attend this summer.

It rocked!

In spite of a little drama when Elton's piano wasn't rigged properly and he stormed out of the stage. Billy and his crew saved the day and "improvised". The grand finale with both playing together was sooo good! It's hard to decide between Piano Man and Tiny Dancer; they were unbelievable.

Photo from AOL Music
So the countdown until the next summer concert starts. Next on the list is Sir Paul McCartney. Two British lords in less than a month!

Drama at the beginning~Bad quality

Don't let the sun go down ~played by both
Piano Man ~ played by both
*Photo from AOL Music