Last night, Paul McCartney headlined Lollapalooza — a huge 3-day music festival in Chicago’s Grant Park.
On the other side of Lake Shore Drive, over 500 fans gathered. We were outside the venue — meaning across the street and along the lakefront — but still cheering, clapping and singing. We pressed our faces to the chain link fence and peered at the giant screen.
We couldn’t see the stage, but we could listen. We heard Sir Paul sing Beatles (and Wings) classics like “Hey Jude,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” “Let It Be,” “1985,” “Band on the Run,” “We Can Work It Out,” “Got to Get You Into My Life.”
Paul McCartney blasted smoke and fireworks during “Live and Let Die.” We had no problem seeing that fantastic display! And he did a 7-song encore, including “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End.”
I can only imagine the electricity inside Grant Park, and especially in front of the stage. Because I thought it was a magical mystery tour — and I was far, far away…
* Photos of Paul McCartney performing, and fans waiting in the front row; by Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune.