Monday, November 14, 2011

Take a sad song and make it better: Paul McCartney in Abu Dhabi

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I absolutely love Paul McCartney. I watched his concert in Abu Dhabi last night and I had an amazingly wonderful time. Okay, so I "zombified" my day in the office yesterday because I didn't get enough sleep the other night since I watched Incubus' concert but I was again there in Yas Arena last night and I felt alive.  I lost count of the number of times I yawned today while I'm staring at my computer. It doesn't really matter. It was all worth it.

I had the great pleasure of seeing Paul McCartney wrap up the last day of the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and I almost wept with joy. By the way, Lewis Hamilton won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for the first time, snatching the crown of Sebastian Vettel. In one of his spiels Paul even talked about the race. He said in an interview, he was asked what he can say about the race. He said "I just told Sebastian to let the British drivers win, and he did!" He was so happy and he mentioned that he and George Harrison are big fans of F1 racing. Paul's On the Run tour is one of the greatest concert experiences in my life. The tour began on July 15, 2011 at the Yankee stadium in New York City. He went to North America (New York City, Detroit, Montreal Chicago and Cincinatti), the Middle East (Abu Dhabi) and is off to Europe (Bologna, Milan, Paris, Cologne, London, Stockholm, Helsinki, Moscow, Manchester and Liverpool) to complete his world tour. His band comprises of Rusty Anderson (guitar, backup vocals), Paul Wickens (keyboards, guitar, percussion,harmonica, backup vocals), Brian Ray (bass, guitar, backup vocals) and Abe Laboriel, Jr. - a crowd favorite (drums, percussion, backup vocals).

It was only Chat who came with me this time, the other girls were too wasted to join us, considering it was a freaking weekday.  Thank you Chat for letting me drag you in to this, but you have to admit you enjoyed it too (sayaw ka lang ng sayaw eh).  The concert appealed to the 'oldies' population, the attendees are mostly of my dad's age group. But of course there were also a lot of young people like me (chos). If there's one person I'd like to be with me that night, that would be my dad.  He is a Beatles' fan.  He named me after McCartney and Lennon's famous song, Michelle.  Know more about it on my very first entry, it's about influences, click here.   Old couples were singing, dancing and fooling around, it was totally like a scene from the flower power era, it's just that the hippies were wearing older faces.  I missed Jose last night, we could have danced the whole night, no really we could have.   

Yas Marina Circuit
On me:
Top - Zara
Tights - Forever 21
Pumps - Steve Madden
Bag - Bauhaus
Excited ako jan, di lang halata. =)
Ayan, smile na na tlaga =)
 Favorite part of my top, Zipper! =)
Skulls all over!
My first heeled pumps - breaking it in (parang kotse lang)
Bag - a gift from Rach =)
Chat clearly gave me instructions not to take any photos of her because she was having a bad hair day, but I can't help it. Oooops. =)
On her:
Rolling stones shirt - H&M
Tights - H&M
Flat pumps - Nine West

Concert Photos: Excuse the bad quality, it was taken from my unreliable Blackberry phone camera.
...and be merry =)
My first glimpse of him
A very huge crowd.
Golden girls and boys
Couple hugging (left side of the photo), sweet =)
Everyone went wild.
He removed his suit.
Hello suspenders!
You rock Paul! =)
Ugh, the difficulties of being small.
Souvenir shirt booth
Pang- boys pero pinilit ko sa akin. (notice the flip flops, asan heels mo day?)
Instant shirt dress =)
On the Run tour schedule
On our way home.

Paul McCartney's set list from
1. Hello, Goodbye  (The Beatles song)
2. Junior's Farm (Paul McCartney & Wings cover)
3. All My Loving (The Beatles song)
4. Jet  (Wings song)
5. Drive My Car (The Beatles song)
6. Sing the Changes (The Fireman song)
7. The Night Before (The Beatles song)
8. Let Me Roll It (Wings song)
9. Paperback Writer (The Beatles song)
10. The Long and Winding Road (The Beatles song)
11. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five (Wings song)
12. Let 'Em In (Paul McCartney & Wings cover)
13. Maybe I'm Amazed
14. I've Just Seen a Face (The Beatles song)
15. I Will (The Beatles song)
16. Blackbird (The Beatles song)
17. Here Today
18. Dance Tonight
19. Mrs. Vandebilt (Paul McCartney & Wings cover)
20. Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles song)
21. Something (The Beatles song)
22. Band on the Run (Wings song)
23. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (The Beatles song)
24. Back in the U.S.S.R. (The Beatles song)
25. I've Got a Feeling (The Beatles song)
26. A Day in the Life / Give Peace A Chance
27. Let It Be (The Beatles song)
28. Live and Let Die (Paul McCartney & Wings cover)
29. Hey Jude (The Beatles song)
30. Lady Madonna (The Beatles song)
31. Day Tripper (The Beatles song)
32. Get Back (The Beatles song)
Encore 2:
33. Yesterday (The Beatles song)
34. Helter Skelter (The Beatles song)
35. Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End (The Beatles song)

Here's something Paul and his band prepared when they were on their way to Abu Dhabi.

Here's a video clip of McCartney performing Live and Let Die. Good thing my Flip looks like a mobile phone so I was able to take videos. It's a really great song and the fireworks simply nailed the show! Watch it! =)

Here's a video of Paul McCartney singing the longest Hey Jude version I've ever heard. We all sang with him. =)

Can you believe he performed 35 songs? At 69 years old, this guy can still rock.  He still has his boyish ways that charmed the crowd making them feel young themselves too.  He sang Here Today for John Lennon, he talked about George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.  So if you guys have the chance to catch him on tour, I heartily endorse.  It will truly make your life dazzle for a couple of hours. 

"Hey Jude, don't make it bad
Take a sad song and make it better
Remember to let her into your heart
Then you can start to make it better"
- Paul McCartney


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Bea said...

very concert thanks for sharing

Miejay Madla said...

Hey bea! Glad you liked it. =)

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