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2002-Apr-08: A Las Vegas Review

Today's Las Vegas Sun called Sir Paul's MGM Grand Garden Area Friday performance a mid-1960s-style, incense scented magical mystery tour.   Sir Paul was described as being in strong voice, looking fit and youthful.  The reviewer noted that Sir Paul appeared especially youthful when removed his jacket after his first three songs and sauntered mischievously around stage with his hands in his jeans pockets.  They said he looked like a kid trying to decide which toy to pick up next.

The concert lasted 2 1/2 hours and covered 38 songs from all phases of Sir Paul's career.  The reviewer noted that the pace of the show was ideal, with his new Driving Rain tunes falling seamlessly into place alongside the classics from his Beatles and solo careers (and adding that the set list would make quite a pleasing collection on an album.)

Highlights of the evening included the moment when the crowd rose with patriotic pride to clap and stomp along as Sir Paul performed his patriotic ode, Freedom.   The audience also stood in response to Sir Paul's poignant request for "a cheer and applause for John"  before he sang Here Today in his memory.  The reviewer noted that this was "a moment when you had to remind yourself to breathe."  He described Sir Paul's "Something" tribute to George as "cheeky and heartwarming."

Between songs, Sir Paul's banter was curt, spontaneous and frequently funny.  For example, at one point in the show, Rusty Anderson made a gambling joke - something about a new female version of blackjack called whitejill.  Sir Paul laughed and added, "Rusty! Do you want to do another half-hour? Rusty's the man, workin' the lounge."

Unfortunately, the Las Vegas shows were not complete sell-outs.  This was most likely the result of the high prices which ranged from $129 to $354.  Those who bought the tickets were not disappointed and all agreed that Sir Paul worked hard for his money - which was substantial.   You may recall that Sir Paul responded to a multi-million dollar offer to play these Las Vegas dates.  (see February 17)
 

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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