Two fans who attended Paul McCartney’s recent two concerts in Tulsa this week said in interviews Friday that fan’s signs played a key role in the former Beatle’s two shows there this week.
MsProudSooner, as she’s known on McCartney’s official message board, and who attended both shows, told us, “I’ve been going to see Paul perform since he started touring again in 2002. I continue to be amazed at his energy and enthusiasm. The last two nights (Wednesday and Thursday) were no exception.
“The first show sold out in a very short time and the second show was added nearly immediately. I think that shows the enthusiasm that the people in the area have for Paul and his music. They sold Standing Room Only tickets to the May 30 show and people lined small concourse area between the back row and the wall in the lower bowl of the arena,” she said.
McCartney was very responsive to the crowd’s reaction. “The crowds on both nights were very enthusiastic and Paul seemed extremely appreciative of their response,” she said. “I sat on the floor on May 29 and in section 111 on May 30. The crowd the second night seemed a little more enthusiastic, but that could have been because my perspective was different the second night.
“For me, the highlight of the show on May 30 came when Paul noticed a sign held by a young girl who was sitting about six rows in front of me. Her sign said her name was Charlotte and yesterday was her 17th birthday. During the first encore, Paul said that the next song was dedicated to Charlotte on her birthday and he sang ‘I Saw Her Standing There’! It was a perfect moment and you could see that she was completely thrilled.
“The crowd was made up of a cross section of people of all ages. I saw children as young as four or five and people who looked to be in their 70s. I stood in line next to a young woman and man who were blind. On the concourse, I passed a man and woman and the woman’s therapy dog. I spoke with two young men who came to the U.S. from England 10 years ago and live in Kansas City. During last night’s show, Paul asked how many people were from Tulsa, how many were from Oklahoma, but not Tulsa and how many were from out of state. I would say that nearly half of the crowd was from out of state.”
She said the show was especially thrilling for those who were seeing him for the first time.
“For four of my friends, last night’s show was their very first Paul McCartney concert. They were amazed how good it was and all four said it was the best concert they had ever seen, bar none. I heard the same comment from many other people as I left the arena. I’ve told them how good he was for years, but they had to see him for themselves to believe it.”
She said the show was a special experience being a first generation Beatles fan. “When I watched The Beatles on Ed Sullivan in 1964, I never dreamed that I would someday see him perform in my home state four times (OKC in 2002 and Tulsa in 2009 and 2013).
“Each show has one common denominator. You can feel the love the crowd feels for this man and his music. It’s truly a magical experience and I would encourage anyone who has a chance to go to one of his concerts to do so.”
“Paul’s concert in Tulsa Thursday night was awesome! I hoped he would play ‘Let Me Roll It,’ and he did. Great band!,” Denise Hagiwara told us on our tour news page.
Troy Apostol, who went to Thursday’s show, said, “One of the best parts of the second show was, prior to the show, being there as Sir Paul arrived at the arena. He slowed down long enough to hear my 17 year old daughter scream, ‘Marry me, Paul!’ Still waiting for his response.”
He also said he noticed the tour shirt being sold inside the arena listed several dates not on the tour schedule, including Kansas City. Oklahoma City, Denver, and St. Louis.
Notes: Students from the Bart Center for Music in Tulsa were reportedly invited by McCartney to attend the soundcheck at BOK Center.
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