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Paul McCartney Rocks Missoula

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How many 72-year-olds do you know who are up at 11:30 p.m.?

How many of those are running around a stage entertaining thousands of screaming fans?

I can think of one.

The one and only Sir Paul McCartney put on a performance at Washington-Grizzly Stadium Tuesday night packed with lots of energy and pyrotechnics. Two things struck me most while watching the show. First, the depth of the impact Sir Paul has had on the music industry. Second, the amount of energy this man was able to bring to the stage.

Paul is a born performer who is clearly doing what he was put on this earth to do. He effortlessly switched between playing the guitar, and the piano, even switching the ukulele for one song. He casually told the sold out crowd stories of playing with Jimmy Hendrix, Eric Clapton and his former "band mates." Not to mention tales of meeting Russian government officials as "the band" played in Red Square.

While listening to classics from The Beatles and Wings mixed with some of his newer songs, it's clear Paul McCartney is still relevant. Many of the videos played on the jumbotrons during the show stuck to his roots in the 60s, one even showing images from his early days with The Beatles. In between the images of his late band members, cameras cut to shots of the crowd gathered at the base of Mount Sentinel. It took me a second to notice it was the live crowd. The images were so reminiscent of the crowds of people gathered at the feet of The Beatles in the 60s. It was then that I realized I was watching the concert my parents have always dreamed of attending.

In my 29 years, I have had the pleasure of seeing what I would consider some outstanding concerts: Charlie Daniels Band, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Bob Dylan and Elton John, just to name a few. All were living legends. But, there is no doubt I will remember the Paul McCartney concert in Missoula, Montana, as one of the best concerts of my life.

Paul's last words to the crowd were, "See you next time," but we all knew there probably will not be a next time. This was a once-in-a-lifetime performance more than 22-thousand people were able to witness from under the Big Sky. Thank you, Sir McCartney, Thank you.


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