Local fans thrilled with McCartneys concert in Halifax
TRURO - Pyrotechnics, a pipe band and Paul. What more could a Beatles fan ask for?
Onslow Mountain's Nancy Fraser woke up Sunday morning after the Paul McCartney concert in Halifax in seventh heaven.
"I said to my husband this morning that all I can do is sit here in bed and talk," said Fraser, who was one of about 50,000 McCartney fans who crowded the Halifax Commons Saturday night. "I wish we could do it all over again."
Fraser, who attended the concert with her husband and sister, said the performance couldn't have been better.
"When Paul came out everybody stood up and, oh, it was just a dream come true I tell you," she said.
McCartney delivered hit after hit from his legendary career, including Beatles' classics Drive My Car, I Saw Her Standing There, Lady Madonna, Yesterday, Let It Be, Long and Winding Road, Got to Get You Into My Life, A Day in The Life, Blackbird, Get Back and Hey Jude.
Band on the Run, Jet, Let Me Roll It, Live and Let Die were highlights from his post-Beatles days with the group Wings. McCartney also offered musical tributes to former Beatles bandmates George Harrison (Something) and John Lennon (Here Today).
More recent songs included Only Mama Knows, Calico Skies and Ring the Changes.
Fraser, who was lucky enough see the 67-year-old performer in concert last summer in Quebec, thinks McCartney has gotten even better, and she's determined to see him again.
"I was teasing my husband. I said, 'The next three concerts in the United States are sold out. I wonder where he's going after that. Maybe we can get tickets.'" she said.
For Eleanor Norrie and her family, McCartney was the icing on the cake of a more-than-perfect day.
"The weather was terrific, everybody was in a good mood, the city was warm," said Norrie, former MLA for Truro/Bible Hill.
Norrie was pleased with how well McCartney responded to the Halifax crowd.
"He was just like your neighbour next door. He was so at ease and everyone sang along with him,"
For Norrie, the highlight of the night was when Sir Paul performed the 1977 single Mull of Kintyre with the 78th Highlanders pipes and drums.
"It brings goosebumps. It's a very moving song and he only does it when he's in Canada. There was a tartan backdrop and it just brought him home," she explained.
Bible Hill resident Sharon Barron is no stranger to concerts, and rates Saturday night's show as the second-best in her lifetime, just behind the Beatles themselves in 1964.
"Paul sang his heart out," said Barron, who was a little hoarse on Sunday morning from so much screaming. "I think he sang every song he knew."
Barron was just a short seven yards away from Sir Paul himself.
"We were second row, I would have been first if I could have," she laughed.
One thing Barron noticed is McCartney hasn't changed much since she has seen him last.
"He still looks and dresses just like he used to."
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