In 1965 and 1966, The Beatles played Shea Stadium, performances that must be counted among the major events associated with the former home of the New York Mets. Paul McCartney, in concerts on Friday and Saturday night (another is scheduled Tuesday), has already become part of the lore of the Mets' new ballpark, Citi Field. In fact, seeing how the injury-addled team is doing, McCartney's concert must be counted as the one bright spot of the season.
I attended the Saturday night concert and received ample proof that the 67-year-old ex-Beatle remains an outstanding rocker and consumate, versatile musician–and, in a concert that lasted almost three hours, including three encores, an individual with a lot of endurance. The lasting power of The Beatles' music is clear by the number of musicians who still cover their songs; McCartney mentioned that "Yesterday," which he sang, has been covered 3,000 times. McCartney brings new power and delight to "Day Tripper," shown above, among the approximately 20 Beatles classics performed with the backing of his dynamic band. Those of us who gave short shrift to his post-Beatles work should know that "Jet," "Band on the Run" and the bluesy "Let Me Roll It"–with a "Purple Haze" finale in tribute to Jimi Hendrix–were rousing crowd pleasers.
McCartney lives up to the famous statement printed on the "Sergeant Pepper" album: "A splendid time is guaranteed for all." He's a legend in rock history and, now, at Citi Field.