Originally Posted by redsfanmia
I know this is an old post but here we go. I have seen Paul 3 times twice on the 89-90 tour once in Indy and once in Cleveland, and I saw him in 94 in Cincinnati. Paul is fantastic live. His last few albums have been pretty good but I wish he would stop/retire. There is something sad about a 62 year old man playing songs he wrote in his 20's. Paul has become an oldies act. There comes a time to stop and that time was about 10 years ago.
How can you tell someone to retire when they continue to sell-out concert halls, and give such live, vibrant performances? When you can see both the young and old
connecting with the musician and his music? And he plays alot of his current stuff in his concerts. But in a Super Bowl halftime show, when he can play only 4 songs, then what should one expect?
Oldies show? It's not like he is Elvis or Wayne Newton and relocated his act to Las Vegas. No one can explain the mystique that the Beatles has held over our culture for over 40 years, but it has. Lennon once was asked that question and he responded that if they knew the answer they'd become managers.
That mystique may very well fade away as that generation who grew up with them and experienced them starts to fade away. New generations bring new challenges and experiences. But when something as unique and "life changing" as the Beatles (or whatever) comes around, people want to hold onto it as long as they can. They don't want to let go because it takes them back to a certain period of time in their lives they cherish and try to relive. Yeah, that may be sad in a way; but it's just human nature. But that is what McCartney's concerts do in alot of ways. To the young who weren't around - it gives them a glimpse of what they missed.
The problem some people have is that they are trying to hold him (and his music) up to his time as a Beatle. And even an ex-Beatle cannot live up to that image. I learned along time to differentiate the two.
I've loved his last 3-4 albums. No, they aren't the huge commercial success of his earlier days; but does that really measure the goodness of an album and it's musicial craftmanship? There have been alot of great bands/singers who never had huge commercial success. And when I look at some of the so-called "super stars" of music today, McCartney still has more talent in his little pinky then alot of them.
Hes a talent that I hope fades away gracefully. And the day he disappears from the music/performing scene will be a sad day for all of us.