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At press time, there were still a few really good seats available for Paul McCartney's upcoming Sun Life Stadium concert, though tickets will set you back the equivalent of a Namibian family of four's yearly budget. But hey, this is McCartney, man, the original mop-top heartthrob! And no price is too high to pay for a legend.
That seems to be the general consensus anyway, should every Tom, Dick, and Mary of a certain age be believed. To them, Sir Paul is nothing short of the soundtrack to their lives, and it's a known fact that boomers spend an inordinate amount of time attempting to recapture the way they were. OK, so the knighted pop star won't be up there with John, let alone George or Ringo. And Linda hasn't been there to kick around for quite some time. Still, the man whom Guinness World Records lists as the "most successful musician and composer in popular music history" is more than capable of holding his own.
And if his 2008 collaboration with former Killing Joke member and Orb producer Youth is any indication, Macca still has some fire in his belly. The project, coincidentally called the Fireman, first swung into being in the '90s with a couple of ambient long-players that seemed more suited for the reading room than the concert stage. However, the more recent Electric Arguments, though primarily a pop record, kicked off with a track called "Nothing Too Much Just Out of Sight" that was so hard-grooved and gritty that many folks had trouble believing it was sung by a member of the British Empire.
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But it was, sung by a knight, that is. Just as a knight sang every song on 2009's Good Evening, New York City, which was recorded over an inaugural three-night stand at Citi Field, adjacent to the fabled Shea Stadium, the same spot where the Beatles had caused so much pandemonium back in 1965.
McCartney's Sun Life show is but one of four U.S. concerts in his cheekily named Up and Coming Tour, and it's a cinch he'll perform all the hits that have made him such a powerful part of pop history. Word is Sir Paul will also debut the Golden Globe-nominated song "(I Want to) Come Home" from the De Niro film Everybody's Fine. And if that doesn't have the throngs raising their cell phones in tribute, there's no such thing as a "Long and Winding Road."