"Why do I have the feeling that we're going to have a good time tonight? " Sir Paul asked his New Jersey audience. All the reviewers concurred that a good time was had by all at Sir Paul's Wednesday concert at the Continental Airlines Area in East Rutherford, New Jersey (a.k.a the Meadowlands).
Jim Beckerman of Bergen County, New Jersey's The Record cleverly outlined all Sir Paul had to accomplish in his 2 1/2 hours on the stage: "He had two famous colleagues to eulogize, a beloved wife to mourn, a prospective wife to welcome, a recent album, Driving Rain,"to plug, a national disaster to acknowledge, a new era of pop to reckon with, and an old era of pop to celebrate -- an era which, as one-fourth of the most famous pop group of all time, he virtually launched."
Mr. Beckerman noted that the high point of the concert was the Freedom segment during which Sir Paul and his band walked on stage bearing two flags: the Stars and Stripes, and the state flag of New Jersey. Sir Paul announced, "We have some firemen in the audience tonight."and the crowd roared and chanted "U.S.A." in approval.
New York Times reporter, Jon Pareles, wrote a pleasing review (although he did describe the performance artist prologue as being "pretentious" and speculated that perhaps "the kindly Sir Paul was providing jobs for the troupe from a Janet Jackson tour.") Mr. Pareles also acknowledged that Sir Paul's newest song, Freedom accompanied by the appearance of a large American flag on the stage was a particularly moving moment in the concert. However, before the tone became too serious, the video screens flashed some scenes of James Bond and Sir Paul launched into Live and Let Die "leaving behind real-world strife for entertainment".
Jim Farber of the New York Daily News called Sir Paul and his entourage a "band on the rerun" and described the show as a " love letter to fans and a technically perfect event".
These New York reviewers will most likely have more to add next week as the Drivin' USA tour moves to the Nassau Coliseum on Sunday and then on to Madison Square Garden next weekend.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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