There are not many musical acts that can fill a large stadium these days, especially with folks who are in their 60’s and 70’s. There’s the seniors group called The Rolling Stones. Then there is Sir Paul McCartney who will be doing his thing at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, and Investors Group Field in Winnipeg.
The baby face singer from Liverpool is now 71 and Lord knows he doesn’t need the money or the hassles that go along with life on the road. Hard to believe that almost 60 years have passed since he met up with another Liverpool lad named John Lennon.
A few years later, along with George and Ringo, they lit up the Ed Sullivan show. And the rest, as they say, is history.
So much has happened since then. The Beatles went their separate ways just six years later, but Paul McCartney endured. The stadium where I watched him perform in Winnipeg in 1993 became a pile of rubble this week, and this time around his concert tickets are a hot item on the internet.
He is truly a magnificent showman with a very classy sense of occasion. A couple of weeks ago he eased the pain of a few hundred residents of Lac Migantic in Quebec whose lives were shattered by that deadly train disaster. They were special guests of Sir Paul at his concert in Quebec City.
He has an appeal that covers several generations. I love to watch movies with my eight year old grandson. The other day he says to me, “Grandpa, why don’t you come over and watch a movie? It’s called Help, and I think you might like it.”
Indeed I did Andrew, just as much today as I did back in 1965.
I’m Roger Currie