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2002-Apr-11: Sir Paul Rocks Chicago

Updated April 12.  Sir Paul said that he came to rock Chicago and the good knight was true to his word.   The buzz all over the city today is about the fabulous concert he delivered to fans of all ages last night at the United Center.  For those not able to acquire a ticket to the instantly sold out event (according to Sir Paul's spokesman, Jeff Baker, "In Chicago we sold about 1,000 tickets per minute. That's a rate of 15.9 tickets per second." ) each local television news program featured healthy video clips of the opening numbers so that everyone could enjoy the thrill of seeing Sir Paul dressed in blue jeans, dark blazer, and bright red T-shirt mesmerize Chicagoans to the tune of "Hello Good-bye".  Sir Paul and his band delighted his audience with a good old-fashioned rock and roll concert during which he generously played a total of 38 songs.  At one point in the show, Sir Paul said to his audience,  "I would ask you if you're having a good time, but it's kind of obvious you are!"

The local television stations reported that were not permitted to tape any portions of the concert.  Rather they were given video clips from a crew who where were officially recording the performance, thus feeding our hopes that a tour CD/video/DVD is in the works.

Today, many reviewers are saying that perhaps the high point of the evening was Sir Paul's tribute to George Harrison with his very up-tempo ukulele version of "Something".  George's sister, Louise, an Illinois resident, was present at the concert.  Before the show, she was escorted backstage for a private chat with Sir Paul whom she had not seen since the early 1990s.  In an interview with ABC television, she shared some of her thoughts about the Beatles:

"Probably why they are still as big as they ever were was because they were never ever big-headed.  They never ever acted like, 'Oh, aren't we wonderful?  We are the box stars of the world!'  They were just very very nice men - wonderful family men, wonderful fathers."
In Chicago this morning, everyone seems to be glowing with McCartney-mania.  Even the distinguished U.S. Senator of Illinois, the honorable Dick Durbin, was coaxed into singing a few bars of "I Saw Her Standing There" after he completed his interview on WGN radio.  This evening, Sir Paul returns to the United Center stage for one more show, and then he's off to Canada for his Saturday performance in Toronto.
 

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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