Wednesday, October 12, 2005



Paul McCartney...what a legend! I remember seeing a broadcast of his Off The Ground tour and thinking "wow if I could only see Paul McCartney one day... " Well, I did!

Monday afternoon Karla & I headed to Toronto to see if we could catch a glimpse of the former Beatle. There were a few people (25) standing around the end of the ACC where he would enter for sound check. As we waited, the crowd swelled to about 200. The anticipation was great... we were going to have an up-close encounter with Sir Paul.

Several vehicles came and went, including his tour bus. Each time, the crowd held their breath. However, there was no denying when the icon arrived... complete with sirens and a police escort that stopped traffic! True to form, the window was down and Macca was waving and giving alternate thumbs up and the peace sign.

Although we had practiced getting the camera ready, when the time came, I was awe-struck and was a little slow on the draw. This left me with a photo of the back of the car! Fortnately Karla was a bit more composed and snapped the photo shown above.

It was so cool to have such a close up encounter with someone I have admired for SO long!
We headed out for dinner and ran into my friend Mark and his wife Cathy. I, of course, told them the story and showed them the pathetic photo on my phone! When we finally got to the ACC we had to wait in this super-huge line, but it was ok as the anticipation was building. Inside I ran into several more people I work with that were there for the concert. Then we started our ascent to the TOP of the arena. Yep, that's right, our seats were in the very last row of the top section! (although there was a row of people behind me that had "standing room only") Although, our location wasn't too bad as we were almost beside the stage, so it worked out ok. After sitting through a DJ and 10 minute McCartney bio, the curtain rose to the sound of Magical Mystery Tour. The stage was a kalaidescope of colour as it was actually all video screens...very cool. Magical Mystery Tour was followed by Flaming Pie and Jet.

The whole night was just amazing. This guy never stops....63 years old and he's running all around and singing like it was 1964. I'm just struck by how adorable he is. He's this mega-star (and has been since he was basically a teenager) and he just acts like he's going to sing us a few songs, you know, whatever! A great concert by a fabulous entertainer. (and his guitar-hotties weren't too bad either!) Looking forward to seeing him next time around!

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Sarah J. said...

You already know this but that's an awesome photo you took. :-)

Sue said...

hey there Janice!! this is sue, Karli sent me to your blog, lovely thing you have here! :)

glad you had a rockin' awesome concert!
love from sue