MIKA has a new album out next month…

5 August, 2009 at 3:40 pm (Music, The British Are Coming!)

Yay! I really loved MIKA‘s first album, I’m looking forward to his sophomore effort. His first single is a song called “We Are Golden”…I didn’t find the video on YouTube, but I did find one of the Calvin Harris remix of the song, which I like a lot. The video is admittedly not my favorite thing in the world, so I suggest playing the music and then minimizing the screen 🙂

Update: I found the longer version of this same remix, and without MIKA jumping around in his underwear!

Hmmm….this made me wonder when the Scissor Sisters would have a new album out – it’s been three years!! – so I went to their website. Good news: it looks like they are working on a new one now…about time!!

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Paul McCartney in Concert = AMAZING

19 July, 2009 at 11:03 am (Concert, Music, The Beatles, The British Are Coming!, Weekend Update)

Last night I went to see Paul McCartney in concert at Citi Field. Citi Field is the new home of the Mets…wait, let me Beatles Geek-out for a moment and explain. See, The Beatles played the first-ever concert at Shea Staduim (the former home of The Mets). Not only was that show the first at Shea; it was the first show at a stadium ever. Pre-Beatles, there weren’t big stadium and arena shows…anyway, last year they shut down Shea, and Billy Joel did a big “goodbye” concert there – and Paul made a surprise appearance. So, since he’d been in the first concert at Shea and the last concert at Shea, it only made since that he’d do the first show at the new “Shea”!

Perfect weather for an outdoor concert

Waiting for the show to begin...


Note: Pics were taken with my iPhone, which has the unfortunate side-effect of making us look further away from the stage then we actually were.

So, last night was that show. It was, in a word, Incredible. Best concert I’ve ever been to? Absolutely. Am I still on a post-concert high? Hell yes.

First, though, there was an opening band, The Script. They’re an Irish band I’d never heard of before, but they were good! I’ll definitely check their stuff out.

And then…out came Paul. He came on shortly before 9:00 and started his set…and because I knew I’d want to blog about it, I kept track of the set list during the show…

Drive My Car
Jet
Only Mama Knows
Flaming Pie
Got to Get You Into My Life
Let Me Roll It/Foxy Lady
Highway
The Long and Winding Road
My Love
Blackbird
Here Today
Dance Tonight
Calico Skies
Mrs. Vandebilt
Eleanor Rigby
Sing the Changes
Band on the Run
Back in the U.S.S.R.
I’m Down
Something
I’ve Got a Feeling
Paperback Writer
A Day in the Life/Give Peace a Chance
Let It Be
Live and Let Die
Hey Jude

And at this point, the concert “ends”. Of course, we all know that encores are a requirement for live shows at this point…though frankly, after the last few songs he had played, I had no idea what he’d do for an encore. Well, he did:

Day Tripper
Lady Madonna
I Saw Her Standing There

That was ending two…and then, though I wasn’t sure he’d do it…encore two!

Yesterday
Helter Skelter
Get Back
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band (Reprise)
The End

So yeah. Fucking amazing set list. Granted, he does have 5 decades (!) of material to choose from…but he played every song I wanted to hear, and then some. The man may be 67, but he played for 2 1/2 hours. And during the entire concert, he never even stopped for a drink of water. I don’t even know how that’s possible.

And the thing with Paul is, he’s so adorable. There’s a reason he was called the cute Beatle – he was always the flirty, charming one. That hasn’t changed. And there is nothing better than an artist that plays and still seems to know how lucky they are, that they get to be a successful musician, one that thousands of people will pay good money to go see. I’ve been to some concerts where the performer seems pissed off to be there – that ain’t Paul. He still seems like he’s having so much fun with the whole thing.

But highlights from the show? Well overall, there is this sense of nostalgia that’s sort-of permeated his work for the past few years (not including his last album, released as The Fireman). During the whole show, there was a giant screen at the back of the stage showing whatever might be relevant to the song at hand. They were all really good – and then, for some reason, during “The Long and Winding Road” they were showing photos of the American desert. Random…until I remembered that, when he was married to Linda, they lived in Arizona – in fact, she died there. So all of a sudden it made sense, “subtle tribute to Linda”…and sure enough the next song was “My Love”, which he had written for Linda when they were married and which he dedicated to her. And then a couple of songs later he played “Here Today”, a song he wrote for John after he was murdered. Paul actually seemed to choke up a little while he was singing that one, it was pretty touching. And later still, he played George’s song “Something” on a ukelele George had given him. So yeah, lots of reminiscing.

However, it wasn’t all downers! He played new stuff, more than I thought he might (which is great, because his last couple of albums have been pretty good, especially his most recent). And he of course played tons of Wings stuff. But he didn’t disappoint those that only know him as a Beatle (like my coworker who came with me) – he played a TON of Beatles numbers at the end.

My favorite moment of the night? It would have to be “Live and Let Die”. Yes, yes, this is a Wings song and not one by my beloved Beatles. But “Live and Let Die” is a total stadium-rock type song – Wings did a huge stadium tour in the 70s, and this was always one of the highlights. Big pyrotechnics, the whole bit. So I was curious to see what we would get last night, as it was the first time i’d ever been to an outdoor concert of this magnitude. Fireworks? Why yes, yes indeed…

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die


That photo also give a good sense of how the venue was set up – the screens they had to the right and the left were ENORMOUS, and yet totally HD (that doesn’t come across in the photo, either).

So here I am, the day after. My voice is hoarse from the yelling, my hands sore from the clapping. And I’ve already created a playlist on iTunes to recreate the set list from last night. (note: I’m missing way more songs than I should be, five or so. It’s downright embarrassing). The concert was absolutely the best I’ve ever been to (including the last time I saw McCartney). I’m so glad I was able to go – and able to blog about it, so I can try and re-live it in the future 🙂

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Guess Who I’m Seeing Tonight?

18 July, 2009 at 1:59 pm (Concert, Historical Figure, Music, The Beatles, The British Are Coming!)

Can’t wait!!

Hey Jude (with Elton John, Sting, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton – most of the legends of music in the UK)

Note: Not sure when this is from, but it’s awesome

A Day In The Life/Give Peace A Chance

Note: This is just from last year. I blame his age for him forgetting the words

Live and Let Die

Note: This is from before I was born, back in the era when my mom most loved Paul McCartney

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Paul McCartney’s US Tour

9 July, 2009 at 10:53 am (Concert, Historical Figure, Music, The Beatles, The British Are Coming!)

Totally the cute Beatle

Totally the cute Beatle


Seemingly out of nowhere, Paul McCartney is doing a “tour”. I say “tour” because there are very few shows, and it seems he’s just doing them as he wants to. Which, frankly, if you’re nearing 70 and you’re a Beatle, you’ve pretty much earned the right to do. Anyway, the tour, in its entirety, is:

July 17 – New York, Citi Field
July 18 – New York, Citi Field
July 21 – New York, Citi Field
August 1 – Washington, FedExField
August 5 – Boston, Fenway Park
August 6 – Boston, Fenway Park
August 15 – Atlanta, Piedmont Park
August 17 – Tulsa, BOK Center
August 19 – Dallas, Cowboys Stadium

More of a mini-tour, really. And yes, you read that right: he’s doing a show in Tulsa-freaking-Oklahoma. Kudos to Tulsa for opening the BOK Center; that place has done them well. The tickets for the NYC shows are all sold out (they sold out basically as soon as they went on sale). The tickets for his Tulsa show go on sale July 20th…if I were in Oklahoma, you know I’d be on top of that. Because, let’s be frank: how many tours can he have in front of him?

Paul's Aged Just a Wee Bit...

Paul's Aged Just a Wee Bit...

And yes, I’m going to see Paul at Citi Field. July 18th. I cannot wait!!!

Now, in honor of the recently departed Michael Jackson: his and Paul’s better collaboration (I don’t really dig “The Girl is Mine”). This video features:
– Michael Jackson, before he was creepy and before he stole all of Paul’s Beatles’ songs
– Paul’s less-than-stellar 1980s work
– Linda needlessly lurking around, Yoko Ono-style
– LaToya (I think…) playing the object of MJ’s affections. If that’s true: ewwwww

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I Must’ve Been Living Under a Rock the Last Two Weeks

17 June, 2009 at 2:20 pm (Music, The Beatles, The British Are Coming!)

Somehow, I only just saw the trailer for The Beatles Rock Band game for the first time today…

I appreciate that they progress through their entire career. AND – it’s available for the Wii! Score.

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Britain’s Got Talent

13 April, 2009 at 8:04 pm (Music, The British Are Coming!)

*note: for some reason, I think because they’re from the UK, the embedding has been disabled for both these videos. But go to the links and watch them. Seriously!

47-year-old Susan Boyle…wow. Just wow.
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Watch that and tell me you weren’t surprised? As if that song doesn’t always give me chills anyway, but that woman singing it, and with those lyrics – slay me.

And 2007’s winner, Paul Potts…
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Another surprise (though one that’s been fairly well-seen by now).

I’m not going to lie, I cried the first time I saw both of these. Yeah, suck it.

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The Queen and The First Lady

2 April, 2009 at 9:32 pm (Funny Stuff, Historical Figure, Michelle Obama, President Obama, The British Are Coming!)

Okay, so here’s the deal. Anyone that knows me well, or who has known me since my high school days (i.e., 90% of the people taking the time to read this), knows that I am a total anglophile. Before I was obsessed with our current head of state, I was all about Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas Queen, Defender of the Faith. So how do you think I felt when I saw this?
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Well, thrilled, of course! (though who knew Prince Philip was such a tiny man?)
But then…Huggate happened:
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The hug felt ’round the world.
So for those of you who aren’t all up on Royal Protocol…well, this ain’t it. One does not touch the Queen! But The Queen remarked on how tall Mrs. Obama is, and put her hand on Michelle’s back…the First Lady responded in kind, rubbing the Queen’s back…and, well – the rest is history:
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Apparently, the Queen even reportedly asking Michelle Obama, “Now we’ve met, will you please keep in touch?” Too cute!
Yes, to we Americans, this is hardly a blip on the radar. But to the British, this is Big News. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s getting more coverage than the G-20 Protests! (Protests are a dime a dozen in London, but getting touchy-feely with Her Majesty? Not so much!)

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