The experience of going to the Paul McCartney concert, Out There, was everything I'd hoped for - lovely weather with a still autumnal feeling in the air; friendly crowds; fun with my son, and niece; and a wonderful musical experience.
Part of the fun, was finding a parking spot, and then walking some distance to the stadium, with other happy concert goers. It became evident that there was going to be a very large crowd at Mosaic stadium. We learned later that the crowd for the concert was over 44, 0000, which is good for a city of our size - 250,000.
Our seats were way up, above the crowds, and we loved this vantage point. As well we were in the very center front seats, with no one in front of us.
Yes, we were quite far from the stage, but our viewpoint allowed us to get a grand picture of the event, including this beautiful sunset.
At the time we were not sure why the concert was so late. We were kept entertained with a light screen collage of the Beatles, and music.
Paul, my son, and I thought maybe they were waiting for the sun to set.
After this beautiful sunset, we still waited for sometime, when suddenly, with no fanfare, the band appeared and started playing "Eight Days a Week".
The music continued nonstop for 3 hours. It seemed to me that the people in the audience were just genuinely happy, and thrilled to have Paul entertain with his lovely songs, and friendly manner. There is nothing off putting, or snobbish in this famous star's engagement with the crowd.
Hey Jude. And yes, the night was lit up with small lights as people shone their phones.
He and his band sang 33 songs this night, and I was surprised when my son, Paul seemed to know so many of them. My beautiful niece Summer, also seemed to be familiar with most of the songs.
One of my favourite songs in the concert was Blackbird. This was performed by Paul alone on stage.
I know it is hard to see him but isn't that a lovely background for the song.
There were fireworks midway through the evening, here following the Wings tune, Live and Let Die, the theme song for the 1973 James Bond movie of the same name.
After two encores, the concert ended with Golden Slumbers, and The End - and more fireworks to close the night.
The crowd dispersed happily and peacefully. For many, I think a once in a life time opportunity to see a favourite star, perform live. In my books, he lived up to his reputation as a performer, and true star.
I am so happy I had a chance to see this, and must thank my son Paul for taking me to this event.