4/27/02…Paul McCartney @ Madison Square Garden, New York City

Paul McCartney @ Madison Square Garden 4/27/02

Paul McCartney @ Madison Square Garden 4/27/02

And to think I almost didn’t go to this show…yeah, I know!!!  I think I knew he was doing shows at MSG, but I didn’t seriously look into getting tickets.  Then a few days before the show, I saw an ad or something about it and I felt like someone had hit me up the side of the head.  And I thought to myself, ‘You’re not going, WHY???  You HAVE to go!’.  And in that moment, I went online and purchased my ticket.  I figured, I’m not waiting around to see if anyone wants to go with me.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime moment.  So I jumped on it.  The ticket I purchased actually wasn’t too too bad considering how late I bought it.  It didn’t matter anyway.  I was just excited that I was going.  When I got to the Garden the night of the show, I walked up to my section and it looked like somebody was in my seat.  I pulled out my ticket to make sure and sure enough, there was somebody sitting in my seat.  So I told this person that they were in my seat.  There was a small group of people with this person and as soon as I told them I was sitting there, one of them piped up, “Well, we have a problem.”  I was like, ‘ok’.  They told me they had bought a floor seat for their friend for her birthday, but that they were all sitting up in this section.  They said their friend didn’t want to be separated from them and they asked if I would be willing to swap tickets.  MY balcony seat for a floor seat??!!  Hmm, let me take 5 seconds to verify your ticket is legit and then….YES.  YES, I will swap tickets as I threw mine over my shoulder while running down to my new section.  A little exaggerated, but I really was that excited to get down to my floor seat, especially when I didn’t have to spend over $250 to get there.  I was like a kid in a candy store once I got down there; SO excited for the show to start.  I was sitting between a father and his 9-year-old daughter and a mother/daughter duo.  This daughter was probably closer to my age.  It was a great mix of people in this audience.  And what was even greater to see was this 9-year-old girl singing along to each and every song.  I absolutely loved that the Beatles songs continued to be passed down to the next generation of kids.  LOVED IT!!  And truly, this set list was the closest thing that I would ever get to seeing a Beatles show.  Check it out:

  1. Hello, Goodbye
(The Beatles song)
  2. Jet
(Wings song)
  3. All My Loving
(The Beatles song)
  4. Getting Better
(The Beatles song)
  5. Coming Up
  6. Let Me Roll It
(Wings song)
  7. Lonely Road
  8. Driving Rain
  9. Your Loving Flame
  10. Blackbird
(The Beatles song)
  11. Every Night
  12. We Can Work It Out
(The Beatles song)
  13. Mother Nature’s Son
(The Beatles song)
  14. You Never Give Me Your Money
(The Beatles song)
  15. The Fool on the Hill
(The Beatles song)
  16. Here Today
  17. Something
(The Beatles song)
  18. Eleanor Rigby
(The Beatles song)
  19. Here, There and Everywhere
(The Beatles song)
  20. Band on the Run
(Wings song)
  21. Back in the U.S.S.R.
(The Beatles song)
  22. Maybe I’m Amazed
  23. C Moon
(Wings song)
  24. My Love
(Wings song)
  25. Can’t Buy Me Love
(The Beatles song)
  26. Freedom
  27. Live and Let Die
(Wings song)
  28. Let It Be
(The Beatles song)
  29. Hey Jude
(The Beatles song)
  30. Encore:
  31. The Long and Winding Road
(The Beatles song)
  32. Lady Madonna
(The Beatles song)
  33. I Saw Her Standing There
(The Beatles song)
  34. Encore 2:
  35. Yesterday
(The Beatles song)
  36. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
(The Beatles song)
  37. The End
(The Beatles song)

This was really one of the most incredible shows I’ve EVER been to.  No doubt!!!  I was in heaven with all this music.  Paul McCartney songs.  Wings songs.  Beatles songs.  It was amazing.  I found myself screaming and singing and screaming some more.  I couldn’t help myself.  Paul made sure he paid tribute to both John & George, who had just passed away about five months before this show.  I loved his rendition of “Something” on ukulele for George.  It was so sweet.  I will NEVER forget this show and how it made me feel to be there.  Paul was a fantastic showman and he truly did justice to all The Beatles songs that I have always adored.  And in addition to The Beatles songs, hearing his songs performed live was really a treat.  His band was pretty great too! I had a GREAT time!

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