Super Paul McCartney fan Audrey McCombs told Beatles Examiner she attended the show in Vienna Thursday and she was full of enthusiasm that comes from two years between concerts. She was the fan, you may remember, whose arm Paul McCartney signed in Nova Scotia in 2009. She later had the signature made into a tattoo.
“This was my first gig after a 2 year (!!!) hiatus. I have been saving up for grad school, where I am not at, in Bristol, England. I have had an incredibly hard time resisting shows…and I could take it no longer!”
See some of Audrey’s photos of Paul McCartney and the band in the slide show.
She said, in her words, McCartney has still got it.
“I can say with confidence that he has not lost anything — his voice was in top form, hitting all of the high noted in ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’, and although his German was a tad laughable (as is mine), it was very charming. But, as I said on Facebook, what can I say about Paul McCartney that hasn’t been said? He’s the the most killer 71 year old out there!!!”
Her friend Sue had an experience in Vienna to match Audrey’s. She got to dance onstage with McCartney during the soundcheck.
“Sue always has signs that say ‘Paul turns me on,’ and she also has one that says ‘Rusty turns me on too!,’ she explained. “Before the gig, she had me make a sign (on account of her ‘bad’ handwriting’ that said ‘Brian turns me on too!’ I did not go to soundcheck, but I did have ‘Golden Circle’ tickets, which gave me general admission, early entry tickets. I ended up scoring second row, right between Paul and Brian.
“After the gig ended I finally found Sue and she told me that she had held up her sign ‘Paul turns me on” and Paul had seen it. Then she held up her sign that said ‘Brian turns me on too!, which was originally meant to be interpreted as Brian Ray. But as Sue held up her sign, (security man) Brian Riddle had just walked up to him, and Macca had interpreted it as ‘Brian RIDDLE turns me on!’ So apparently Paul said, ‘Hey Brian look!’ and they all had a good laugh over it. Then Brian Riddle came over to Sue and gave her a hug and a kiss and was very grateful towards her, hah!
“Riddle then picked a few ladies to go onstage, including Sue. Sue got onstage, hugged Paul, kissed him on the neck (right under the ear she’ll say!) and then danced while he played ‘It’s So Easy’ by Buddy Holly.”
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