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McCartney gives record store shoppers a special ‘Memory’

I will admit that I am tuly star struck about this show, and I wasn’t even anywhere even near in attendance.  How cool must this have been? Not only was it a small venue, heck if you can even call it a venue.  Paul McCartney in a record store of all places.  C’mon that really is a once in a lifetime chance.  It has never happened before, and will probably never happen again.  It must have been something truly special.  I get the chills just thinking about the show.  WOW.

I am a patient person, but I am sooooo anticipating the video clips from the show (hopefully) to pop up on Paul’s youtube page like the other secret gigs.  I can’t wait.  There are only a few still photos from the gig from some audience members, newspapers, and blogs.  Maybe tomorrow there will be some clips up on the Aomeba website too.  Hopefully tomorrow brings some AV for you all to enjoy.  We’ll keep you posted. I guess the jealousy is just creeping in.


Here’s what we’ve read.

He needs no introduction, and he got none. Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, performing in a record store for the first time in his career (that he can remember, anyway), simply strolled on stage unannounced Wednesday at Amoeba Music and launched into a gear-grinding version of Drive My Car.

It kicked off a lively 19-song, 90-minute show for roughly 1,000 fans, many of whom had camped out since Monday to procure the precious blue wristbands to gain admittance into a rare appearance that fell exactly two weeks after his impromptu club show in New York.

McCartney, in a black jacket and red V-neck pullover, was greeted with screams as he and his band took the small stage at the center of the sprawling indie store that occupies a city block on Sunset Boulevard. As fans wildly applauded, he admonished, “No shoplifting, please.”

The band next launched into rocker Only Mama Knows, the first of five tracks from McCartney’s 21st solo album, Memory Almost Full, which is No. 5 in Billboard and has sold 332,000 copies since its release three weeks ago, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

McCartney picked up the mandolin for the third number, bouncy Dance Tonight, then reached back to 1987’s All The Best album for C Moon. He explained that the title of the Wings song formed a symbol meant to be the opposite of L7, an old hand signal for “square.”

He sat at the piano for The Long and Winding Road, which drew huge cheers and gave even McCartney pause. “I’d like to take a moment to take this all in,” he said. “I was there, remember.”

He played acoustic guitar on I’ll Follow the Sun and Memory‘s reflective That Was Me. Between tunes, McCartney had his goofy moments, admitting, “I get sillier and sillier, and so do you, by the way.”

He coaxed the crowd into dialing back its hooting and hollering so he could create a somber atmosphere to perform a solo acoustic Blackbird and “a song for people we miss tonight.” Midway through the poignant Here Today, a song he wrote for John Lennon but last night also dedicated to his late wife, Linda, and former bandmate George Harrison, McCartney choked up and had difficulty voicing the lyrics. Others were less successful stifling tears. Afterward, he said, “We’re grown up. We can cry if we want to.”

He recovered nicely on a blistering Back in the U.S.S.R. and the new Nod Your Head, and delivered a strong soaring vocal on Memory ballad House of Wax.

Then it was back to the Beatles catalog, but not until he paused for a teaser anecdote about She Loves You. He recalled seeking an opinion of the song from his dad, who complained of the American slang and said, “Couldn’t you say ‘She loves you, yes, yes, yes?’ He didn’t play that early gem, opting instead for a pounding rock triptych: raucous Let It Be classic I’ve Got a Feeling, Carl Perkins’ Matchbox and Get Back. He closed the show with Hey Jude, then returned, flushed in a short-sleeved Von Dutch T-shirt and white towel around his shoulders, for an encore of Let It Be, Lady Madonna and I Saw Her Standing There.

The crowd was heavily peppered with entertainment industry heavies, including former Disney chief Michael Eisner, and musicians, from Alanis Morissette and Joe Walsh to producer Rick Rubin. The extended Beatles family was well-represented with Ringo Starr and wife Barbara Bach, George Harrison’s widow, Olivia, Traveling Wilburys member Jeff Lynne and Barbara Orbison, widow of the Wilburys’ Roy Orbison. Also spotted: Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Cybill Shepherd, Twiggy, Rosanna Arquette and Victoria Tennant.

Gazing at the cavernous store and its massive CD racks and poster-lined walls, McCartney said at one point, “It’s so surreal playing a gig in a place like this.” He compared the experience to a scene from 1960 sci-fi movie Village of the Damned and instructed fans to assume the roles of the cult film’s stone-faced villagers. By example, he gamely offered a vacant stare and catatonic pose, but fans crumbled and grins blossomed across the crowd.

McCartney whined, “Too many people smiling.”

They just couldn’t help it.

Source: USA Today


4 Responses

  1. really nice gig!i appreciated when sir Paul told that everyone could crying,because it’s a normal act,and i also appreciate that he remembers again those advice who given him his dead!James always would give to “She loves you”that typical English touch saying”yes,yes,yes”,but i can remember that John above all would change it,cause saying”yeah,yeah,yeah”it was much more rockin’!anyway,sir Paul always has a big sense of humour!

  2. sorry,i meant to say dad!!!

  3. my god, i wish i was there

  4. i heard they recorded it, maybe it wil be on pbs at thanksgiving. good on ya paul…

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