In 1964, my dad and his sisters saw The Beatles at The International Amphitheatre in the South side of Chicago.
Tonight, my dad, his wife and children danced to Paul McCartney at Wrigley Field in the North side of Chicago.
The 69 year old idol played the bass, guitar, mandolin, ukulele and piano for hours on the sticky, hot first night of August. A packed stadium of fans from babies to seniors sang out to favorites from Obla Di Obla Da to Back in the USSR.
Other highlights were Magical Mystery Tour, Jet, Paperback Writer, Blackbird, Eleanor Rigby, Day in the Life, Let it Be, Hey Jude and Yesterday. It was a hot evening, but it didn’t slow down Sir Paul and his band as they put on an energetic show with colorful stories of Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and George Harrison.
The singer was dressed in a red jacket that he removed as he commented on the heat, showing off his skinny suspenders. The backdrop illuminated photos taken by his talented late wife, Linda McCartney, reminiscing the career of the band. Fireworks erupted over the city during Live and Let Die.
I am thankful I had this unique opportunity to see not only the musician, but the Meatless Monday supporter and philanthropist. A true legend.